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A nursing home owner in Louisiana has been barred from participating in federal health care programs. A news release from the Department of Health and Human Resources says Bob Dean was excluded from the programs, which include Medicaid and Medicare, after residents from his seven nursing homes were evacuated to a poorly equipped warehouse as Hurricane Ida approached last year. The release noted that the state revoked the facilities' licenses after finding residents at the warehouse in “inhumane and squalid conditions.” Dean's attorney told The Advocate Monday that Dean will be reinstated for the federal programs if he succeeds in his appeal of the state license revocation.

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Missouri’s GOP-led House spent its last day of the session Friday passing language protecting patient visitor access at hospitals after senators hindered work by leaving a day early. House lawmakers had little left available to do after the Republican-led Senate on Thursday approved new congressional districts then adjourned for the session, cutting off work on all other bills. House members voted overwhelmingly in favor of the regulations on hospital, nursing home, hospice and other long-term care patients. The measure was motivated by visitor bans and restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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California's minimum wage will increase to $15.50 per hour next year. That increases the minimum wage from $15 per hour for companies with 25 or more workers and $14 per hour for companies with 25 employees or less. State law says if inflation increases by more than 7%, the minimum wage must increase to $15.50 for everyone. Thursday, Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration announced they project inflation will increase 7.6% this year. Department of Finance Director Keely Martin Bosler said she expects the minimum wage increase to have little impact on overall inflation in the state economy. 

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A British court has ruled that the government’s decision to discharge untested patients from hospitals into nursing homes early in the coronavirus pandemic was illegal. Two High Court judges said Wednesday that the policy from March and April 2020 was unlawful because it failed to take into account the risk from non-symptomatic carriers of the virus. Around 20,000 people died with the virus in British nursing homes during the initial months of the country's first outbreak. The ruling came in a lawsuit by two women whose fathers died in nursing homes. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said officials had to make difficult decisions when “we didn’t know very much about the disease.”

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