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Connor, Nevin, Noonan, Dressel, and Hollman (on behalf of Richard Hollman) v. Maryland Department of Health

May 17, 2024

Filed May 15, 2024 in the United States District Court for Maryland.

The State of Maryland has failed to provide adequate oversight into nursing facilities. This lack of oversight robs plaintiffs of their rights to dignity and essential care, risks their health and even their lives, and violates state and federal laws that govern Medicare and Medicaid-funded facilities.

Plaintiffs are individuals with mobility-related disabilities who rely entirely on nursing facilities for assistance with toileting, eating, mobility, and personal hygiene. Regularly, these high-need residents are left unattended for hours in soiled linens and clothing, with their calls for help going unanswered. None of the representative plaintiffs are able to get out of bed or leave their rooms unless staff assist them, and some remain confined to their rooms or beds for weeks or months.

The lawsuit seeks to compel the state agency to hold the nursing facilities accountable when they fail to ensure that residents’ federal and state rights are honored and that they receive services to support their health, safety, and quality of life.

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