Measure to add nursing homes to rural areas passes Oklahoma House

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Oklahoma Capitol

OKLAHOMA CITY –The Oklahoma House of Representatives passed legislation allowing rural hospitals that manage nursing homes to own them outright.

House Bill 2549 amends the definition of the term owner in the Nursing Home Care Act making it easier for rural hospitals managing nursing homes to become owners of the facilities.

Rep. Dog Cox, R-Grove,  said in a statement the measure would allow for more nursing homes in rural areas.

“This legislation will grant more opportunities for an excellent standard of care for some of our most vulnerable citizens – the elderly. Allowing hospitals in rural areas, where services are sometimes sparse, to own nursing homes is a benefit for everyone involved.”

The measure now moves to the Senate.

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