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Illegal Guarantees in Nursing Homes

A Nursing Facility Cannot Force a Resident's Family Members and Friends to Become Financially Responsible for Nursing Facility Expenses

By Eric Carlson

Federal law prohibits a nursing facility from forcing a third party to guarantee payment as a condition of a resident's admission. Nevertheless, nursing facilities continue to obtain these guarantees. This article describes the purpose of the federal law prohibiting guarantees and explains why they are both illegal and unenforceable.

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