GOP presses Biden to overturn nursing home rule based on ‘shocking’ assumption

October 31, 2023

Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate are calling on the Biden administration to rethink its proposed rule on mandatory staffing requirements for Medicare-certified nursing homes.

In September, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced a new rule requiring facilities to provide residents with 0.55 hours of care per resident per day from a registered nurse and 2.45 hours from a nurse’s aide. Estimates project that nearly 75% of all nursing home facilities would be required to increase staff to meet these new federal guidelines.

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (R-MO), and Senate Finance Committee ranking member Mike Crapo (R-ID) wrote a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and CMS Administrator Ciquita Brooks-LaSure urging the administration to work with Congress “on tailored solutions addressing the severe health care workforce shortages in our states.”

Read the full story from The Washington Examiner here.