Senator Nelson calls for Senate investigation into Florida nursing home deaths

Published: Sep. 29, 2017 at 4:24 PM EDT
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By: Edan Schultz | WCTV Eyewitness News

September 29, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WCTV) -- United States Senator Bill Nelson has called for a Senate Committee investigation into the deaths of 12 residents at a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

In a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin hatch (R-Utah) and committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), Nelson urged the committee to undertake a "thorough investigation to determine what led to 12 seniors dying at a nursing home...after Hurricane Irma knocked out the facility's air conditioning."

In calling for a Senate investigation, Senator Nelson is looking to see that there are sufficient protections in place so seniors in similar facilities are protected during future disasters.

Nelson is asking the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, to investigate the state’s certification process of the facility and the emergency preparedness plans at similar facilities.

The full letter Senator Nelson sent can be viewed by clicking