The comments by the Missouri Health Care Association come in response to a KMOX investigation Friday which showcased dozens of area nursing homes.
Allegations of rape, physical and verbal abuse, and neglect fill the pages of nursing home inspections released Wednesday.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon visited every veterans nursing home in the state to tout a new law providing a funding source for the state-run homes.
Missouri will receive $1.9 million and Illinois will receive $20 million under the$1.6 billion dollar settlement.
Nursing homes could soon become exempt from St. Louis County’s smoking ban.