Posted September 23, 2018 12:37:50A group of four Jewish nursing homes in western New York filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the Trump Administration, saying they are not complying with the orders of federal investigators probing the deaths of three of their employees.
“We are deeply concerned that the United States Government is not doing enough to provide the services that it promised to us when it was first elected,” the lawsuit says.
The lawsuit also says that the federal agencies overseeing the homes were not aware of the deaths until a lawsuit was filed against them last month.
The New York-based American Jewish Joint Distribution Center, which oversees the nursing homes, said in a statement that it is reviewing the complaint and that it will respond to the suit as soon as possible.
The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Stephen M. Roth, told a news conference that he has not seen the lawsuit, but has been briefed on it.
He added that the nursing home was working with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which manages the nursing facilities, to provide them with care.
“They were not informed,” Roth said.
The lawsuits claim that nursing home owners are being “physically and emotionally harmed” by the allegations.
The families are Jewish and Orthodox and have been at the center of an ongoing lawsuit against the government.
A federal judge in the Southern Division of New Mexico ruled last month that the Trump administrations actions violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and that the case should be dismissed.
Roth’s office said that in response to a request for comment from the AP, the American Jewish Distribution Center did not immediately respond.
The Trump administration on Monday accused the nursing institutions of failing to take steps to prevent the deaths.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in an emergency letter that the deaths are “causing significant suffering and suffering of other individuals and families.”
The nursing homes have been accused of failing in numerous ways by the Centers and state officials, including inadequate care of elderly patients, inadequate staffing, inadequate supervision and poor safety practices.
The Justice Department has said that its investigation has found that the three nursing homes were negligent in providing care and supervision to patients who died of the coronavirus.