Long-term care needs long-term solutions
Mothers, fathers, grandmas and grandpas, these are the people in our long-term care facilities. For the past 19 months, they and the millions of front-line heroes who have watched over them night and day have been at the center of this once-in-a-century public health crisis.
Thanks to safe and effective vaccines, we’ve made considerable progress in our fight against COVID-19. While there is still a long road ahead, there is an important lesson we’ve learned: When long-term care has the support of federal and state governments, positive outcomes are achieved.
We appreciate the Department of Health and Human Services allocating a new round of funding from the Provider Relief Fund to nursing homes and assisted-living communities. Our providers continue to spend billions of dollars on ongoing staff support, personal protective equipment and testing to keep residents and staff safe as the pandemic persists. This much-needed funding will help offset these costs and ensure providers are able to keep their doors open.