Connecticut’s Human Services Committee passed a bill that would increase the required amount of time that CNA’s spend with nursing home residents each day.
Rep. Michelle Cook said, “We recognize that the Certified Nursing Assistants really do the ‘grunt work’ in a nursing home and this is what that’s about. This is about raising the hours of which a Certified Nursing Assistant should be caring for each and every individual patient in a nursing home.“
But that requires more CNA’s and, because the majority of nursing home patients are on Medicaid, it will require the state to kick in more money. So the underlying issue is how much more is the state willing to pay for Medicaid funding if it increases staffing and therefore improves the quality of the care and the safety of the residents..