Elder Abuse and Prevention Act May Become Law in 2017

According to Financial Advisor’s recent article by Ted Knutson, the Elder Abuse and Prevention Act has a good chance of becoming a law in 2017. The key sponsor of this bill is Chuck Grassley, Senate Judiciary Committee Chair, who fully believes that the law will pass in the near future. One reason that Grassley gave for the bill’s likelihood of passing was the fact that a very similar version was very close to passing last year, but Congress simply ran out of time during that legislative session. Susan Collins, Aging Committee Chair, is co-sponsoring this legislation with Grassley. The bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee in February, 2017; the goal is for the bill to come before the full Senate for a vote before the end of the legislative session.

The Elder Abuse and Prevention Act is designed to make society a safer place for seniors. The bill targets senior financial exploitation and abuse by increasing penalties for telemarketing and email marketing fraud against seniors. Likewise, the bill would provide that at least one Justice Department attorney in each federal judicial district would focus his or her efforts on prosecuting elder fraud. The bill also would require that multiple parties maintain much more detailed and expansive data relating to elder abuse, with the goal of making prosecutions of elder abuse a much more common occurrence. The Justice Department also would initiate more training for state and local governments dealing with elder abuse and fraud.

The community based residential facility (CBRF) lawyers of Boller & Vaughan are experienced in ensuring that nursing homes and other elderly care facilities live up to reasonable standards in caring for their residents. When a nursing home or other type of facility fails to do so, and injury to a resident occurs, the facility may be liable for those injuries. We know how to investigate your case, assess your situation and determine whether you or your loved one has any potential claims against nursing home staff or the nursing home itself. Contact Boller & Vaughan today and learn how we can help you through this difficult situation.