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House votes down nursing home bill

February 25, 2005

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— In a reversal, the Kansas House today defeated a bill sought by the nursing home industry that would have prevented some reports of care of patients from being entered into evidence in lawsuits.

The measure failed 53-69. On Thursday, the House gave preliminary approval of the bill on a 63-54 vote.

Advocates for the elderly and disabled met with numerous lawmakers urging them to change their mind about the bill.

"This bill protects the industry and not the customers of the industry," said Shannon Jones, an advocated for Kansans with disabilities.

But nursing home representatives said the measure was needed to reduce skyrocketing insurance premiums.

The measure is House Bill 2241.

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