CDPH Encourages SNF Residents to Vote

October 8, 2020

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The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued all facilities letter (AFL) 20-78,  which encourages skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) to ensure that as many residents as possible are able to  vote while following public health guidelines.  The AFL provides suggestions for specific steps SNF can take to support safe voting, and encourages SNFs to work with their local long term care (LTC) ombudsman.

The AFL follows guidance recently issued by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which affirms the continued right of nursing home residents to exercise their right to vote, and that SNFs must take steps to ensure that a resident’s  right to vote is not impeded.