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A bill to regulate nursing homes is making its way through the AZ Senate

A bill that aims to better regulate memory care and nursing home facilities is working its way through the Arizona Senate

Will Humble, executive director of the Arizona Public Health Association, says the bill would increase nursing home fines up from $500 to $1,000 for non-compliance.

“Which OKstill, that's not a whole lot of money for these facilities, but they can assess the penalty per patient per day. That’s where the real risk and leverage comes," Humble said.

Another focus of the bill is to define memory care in state law, and require that a facility which claims to provide it, must have proper certification.

Jill Ryan joined KJZZ in 2020 as a morning reporter, and she is currently a field correspondent and Morning Edition producer.