Rubio joins Nelson in seeking Senate probe of Broward nursing home deaths

Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson in Belle Glade last month after Hurricane Irma. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio wants the Senate Finance Committee to investigate the recent deaths of 14 seniors who were residents of a Broward County nursing home that lost air conditioning when Hurricane Irma hit.

Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson has also asked for an investigation by the Finance Committee — which has jurisdiction over Medicare and Medicaid — into the deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills.

With term-limited Republican Gov. Rick Scott expected to challenge Nelson next year, Nelson and Democrats have drawn attention to the nursing home’s phone calls to Scott’s cell phone after the air conditioning was knocked out. The calls were returned by state officials, who said the nursing home never indicated patients were in danger. The nursing home is across the street from a hospital, and Scott has blasted the facility for not calling 911.

 

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