The issue of whether it is fair to include mandatory arbitration agreements in nursing home admission contracts is an issue I’ve been writing about (and fighting in court) for the last 5 years. Congress is now looking into banning this practice which prevents nursing home residents and their families from holding the facilities accountable in a court of law.
The problem is that few Virginia newspapers have picked up on this important issue and story and that is why I tip my hat to Megan Williams from the Free-Lance Star in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Not only does arbitration prevent discovery of the truth about the care (or lack thereof) provided to the elderly…it also prevents the public from learning about the abuses which are common!
Kudos Ms. Williams!