Missouri’s state auditor expresses frustration with the legislature’s failure to pass a bill to crackdown on nursing home abuses. State Auditor Claire McCaskill made a last minute push at the end of the legislative session on behalf of the bill, but it died in the waning hours of the last day. The state audit disclosed over a thousand people on various lists that should have disqualified them from working at nursing homes, yet were still working in nursing homes. The bill would have given the Division of Aging more power to fine nursing homes for abuse, inadequate staffing and poor training. Though angry at the actions of certain legislators, McCaskill blames the death of the bill on one source: the nursing home industry. She vows to be back next year, again pushing for the provisions in the bill.
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