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INDIVIDUALS ONLY: Oppose the Rollback of Emergency Preparedness Rules - Sign Onto Letter by November 16 and Submit Comments to CMS by November 19!

The proposed emergency preparedness rule issued by CMS would change a number of key provisions in the current rule. Under the proposal, facilities would only be required to review and update their emergency plan, policies and procedures, communication plan, and training and testing program every two years rather than annually. Also, staff training on emergency preparedness would no longer be required annually, but instead only every other year. To read more about the proposed changes, click here.

CMS needs to hear from all of us that this proposed regulation is not acceptable! Follow the steps below to sign onto Consumer Voice's comment letter and submit your own comments.

-Sign on to Consumer Voice's comment letter. To sign on, enter your information below and submit it to us by 5 PM ET Friday, November 16.

-Submit your own comments prepared by Consumer Voice and Justice in Aging by 11:59 PM ET on November 19, 2018.  You can choose from two sample comment templates:

*Click here to download shorter comments. 

*Click here to download more in-depth comments addressing specific provisions in the rule.

Personalize your comments with your name, and your own experiences, observations, or concerns about the impact of these proposed changes.

Go to regulations.gov to submit your comments.  For step-by-step instructions that navigate you through the comment portal, click here.

Additional Information

-Read the proposed rule here.

-To learn more about the proposed rule, click here.

-To learn more about emergency preparedness, click here.

-To read the Senate Finance Committee report, click here.

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