ALBANY – New York State’s Governor is looking to reform for-profit nursing homes.
Governor Andrew Cuomo hinted at possibly reforming the entity’s during a press briefing this week, where he spent much of the time defending his nursing home policy during the pandemic.
Cuomo believes for-profit nursing homes should be mandated to put a certain amount of money back into the facility.
He says the state will look at making reforms this budget cycle.
“Everything becomes one or the other,” he said. “Do you want to have more staff, or do you want to make more profit? Do you want to buy more PPE and stockpile more PPE, or do you want to make more profit? Do you want to buy new equipment, new beds, new sheets, new furniture, invest in the facility, or do you want to make more profit?”
Cuomo made the announcement in the middle of a lengthy defense of his administration from criticism over its handling of nursing home information during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The governor admitted that a “void” was created by not providing the information.
This was his first public comments since the release of a partial transcript of a meeting between Cuomo’s top aide and lawmakers.
According to the transcript, Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa apologized to the legislators for delaying in releasing information they asked for back in August.
More than 13,000 nursing home residents in New York State have died from COVID-19.