LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D−Taylor) today issued the following statement after the Michigan House of Representatives approved of Senate Bill 286, which would reinstate the Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) reciprocity policy, and update requirements for CNA registration and training.

“There are more than 39,000 residents living in Michigan nursing homes but a shortage in properly trained CNAs to care for them. Preserving quality, safe patient care should always be a priority, and with this legislation, we have an opportunity to attract more qualified CNAs who will allow health care facilities to provide better care for their patients.

“I’m most appreciative that my colleagues in the House recognized how important this piece of legislation is, and voted in support of it. With the help of my colleagues in the House and the Senate, we have an opportunity to provide the best care for Michigan’s aging residents.”