CMS QSO Memo and Dear Resident Letter Address Residents' Right to Vote Updated (10/20)

By CMS - October 20, 2020

Memo # QSO-21-02-NH

Posting Date 2020-10-05

Fiscal Year 2021

CMS QSO Memo: Compliance with Residents’ Rights Requirement Related to Nursing Home Residents’ Right to Vote

Summary

• The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is affirming the continued right of nursing home residents to exercise their right to vote.

• While the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency has resulted in limitations for visitors to enter the facility to assist residents, nursing homes must still ensure residents are able to exercise their Constitutional right to vote.

• States, localities, and nursing home owners and administrators are encouraged to collaborate to ensure a resident’s right to vote is not impeded.