Already battling staffing shortages, nursing homes brace for Biden’s potential mandatory minimums
Despite receiving more than $9 billion in COVID-19 emergency funding, nursing homes across the country remain chronically understaffed.
The Biden administration is working to fulfill a State of the Union address promise to require nursing homes to have more staffing along with around-the-clock care, which means more hiring nationwide from a strained pool of workers.
Like other states, Minnesota is still short thousands of health care workers after an exodus from the profession related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Worker retention also remains a major issue.
The Biden administration’s proposal to regulate nursing home staffing for the first time, and the first reform since 1987, is open for public comment until Nov. 6.