Long-term care legislation reintroduced in Congress

Bill would provide funding to facilities to upgrade their life safety equipment


Legislation that would help provide long-term care facilities, such as nursing and hospices, with the resources to retrofit and install new fire alarm and suppression systems has been reintroduced in Congress, according to a statement released by the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association.

The bill, the “Long-Term Care Life Safety Act” (HR 1680), would authorize a total of $40 million annually from 2010 to 2014 to be distributed to facilities that take part in a demonstration incentive program with the Department of Health and Human Services.

The bill has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee for further action.