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Opening Statement of Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Gregg Harper

Good morning, today the Subcommittee continues its work examining whether the federal government is meeting its obligations to ensure that residents in nursing homes across the country are free from abuse and are receiving the quality of care they deserve. Protecting our most vulnerable citizens is among the most fundamental responsibilities entrusted to the federal government, and it is also a responsibility that we, as Americans, all share. 

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Opening Statement of Full Committee Chairman Greg Walden

Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for holding this hearing on the very important issue of protecting one of the most vulnerable populations in the United States—the elderly.

According to information released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), more than three million individuals rely on services provided by nursing homes at some point during the year. On any given day, 1.4 million Americans reside in the more than 15,000 nursing homes across our country. The overwhelming majority of these nursing homes provide high quality, life-saving care to their residents. 

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Witness Testimony and Additional Background

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