House passes nursing home background checks bill

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky House has approved a proposal to create a registry of people who are ineligible for employment at long-term care facilities based on criminal record checks.

The bill passed 62-36 Tuesday.

The bill, which would fingerprint prospective employees as part of the background check process, would be initially funded by a $3 million federal grant through the Affordable Care and Personal Responsibility Act, and a $1 million state grant. After two years, it would require a $60 to $80 fee from employers to fund it, said the bill's sponsor, Rep. Carl Rollins, a Midway Democrat.

The office of the inspector general would be notified if an employee commits a crime after the initial background check and would determine eligibility for employment.

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