Responding to claims of potential unfair pricing by hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities, legislatures in 14 states—California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island—considered legislation that would regulate how nurse staffing agencies operate. Almost all of the proposals would have placed limits on what staffing agencies could charge for nurse staffing services.
In response, ASA and its outside lobbyists, along with a broad coalition of nurse staffing agencies, engaged in prolonged and extensive advocacy to explain that the proposals were the wrong solution and, if enacted as drafted, would further aggravate the current nursing shortage.
As a result of these efforts, no legislation containing rate caps passed. However, several states enacted bills that regulate various aspects of operation. For an updated list of all the bills’ status and what they would mandate, visit americanstaffing.net.
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