Senate GOP Push Off Independent Audit of COVID-19 Outbreak in LTC Facilities and NH Vets Home
Contact Name: Marina Altschiller
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CONCORD – Today, Republican members of the Senate Finance committee voted down an amendment from Senator Cindy Rosenwald (D-Nashua) to allocate $250,000 of federal funds in order for the Department of Health and Human services to hire a qualified grantee to conduct an independent audit of the COVID-19 situation in long-term care facilities, nursing homes, and the New Hampshire Veterans Home. The allocation was previously introduced in SB 132 as the Protect New Hampshire Veterans and Seniors Act of 2021. SB 132 was approved by the Senate in two unanimous votes. Senate President Chuck Morse (R-Salem) indicated that the funds would be discussed during deliberations on the expenditure of the federal funds provided through the American Rescue Plan.
After the vote, Senator Cindy Rosenwald (D-Nashua) issued the following statement:
“While I am disappointed that my Republican colleagues chose not to support today’s amendment after their previous support of SB 132, I am looking forward to hearing how funds from the American Rescue Plan will be used to support our seniors and veterans.”