TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – The American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living, have issued the following statement in response to the pending COVID relief plan.
The following statement is attributable to Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA / NCAL:
âWhile we appreciate the difficulty of reaching a bipartisan compromise, we are disappointed that Congress was unable to reach an agreement that recognizes the dire situation our residents and long-term care staff currently face. Due to the growing community spread, nursing homes are experiencing record numbers of cases and deaths, worse than in the spring. Even with a vaccine on the way, it will likely take months to fully immunize our residents and staff, as well as the rest of the public. Facilities will not be able to return to normal for some time, which means suppliers need continued support with PPE, testing and personnel.
Meanwhile, nearly two-thirds of long-term care facilities are operating at a loss, and the additional funds provided for the Provider Relief Fund for all health care providers in this legislation are minimal. Hundreds of establishments risk closing their doors for good and uprooting the frail elderly people they care for. Congress must do more in the new year by directing specific aid towards long-term care. We owe it to our country’s seniors and to our health heroes.
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