Posted 6 days ago
The Trump administration announced Friday it will send nearly $5 billion to help nursing homes respond to COVID-19, which has already killed thousands of individuals in those facilities throughout the U. S. since February.
The funding distributed to nursing homes by the Department of Health and Human Services can be used to increase testing capacity, purchase protective equipment for staff, hire more workers and cover other pandemic-related expenses.
The funds will also help make up for lost revenue caused by the pandemic and cover other COVID-19–related expenses.
But trade groups representing nursing homes and long-term care facilities said $5 billion isn’t enough money.
Under the administration's proposal, facilities would each receive $50,000, plus an additional $2,500 per bed.
“Given the gravity of the situation we are facing with this deadly virus and its impact on our vulnerable residents, long term care facilities require additional support and funding from state and federal governments to reduce its spread,” said Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living, which represents more than 14,000 facilities in the U. S.
Parkinson noted that assisted living facilities won’t be eligible for the additional funding, despite also dealing wi... (Read more)