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New York to set minimum staffing levels for nursing homes

The bill passed the Assembly on Tuesday and then headed for debate in the Senate.

ALBANY, N.Y. — Nursing homes in New York will have to provide a minimum level of staffing under a new bill that the Democratic-led Legislature planned to pass Tuesday. 

New York will require nursing homes to provide a daily average of 3.5 hours of nursing care per resident, and post information about nursing staffing levels. 

The bill passed the Assembly on Tuesday and then headed for debate in the Senate.

New York's nursing homes have recorded 13,800 deaths of residents with COVID-19. Critics urged lawmakers to instead wait to see if staffing levels improve as new state rules require nursing homes to spend at least 70% of revenue on direct patient care.