Nursing homes warn Build Back Better could have ‘devastating impact’ on labor shortages and force closures
The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), which represents over 14,000 facilities housing millions of elderly individuals, said long-felt labor shortages in the industry will be exacerbated by two measures included in the Build Back Better plan.
One provision would require a registered nurse (RN) to be on hand 24 hours a day – a policy that officials say they have advocated for but need assistance to accomplish.
“We strongly support having an RN on staff in nursing homes 24-hours a day, as we originally proposed in our reform agenda earlier this year,” AHCA/NCAL President and CEO Mark Parkinson said in a statement provided to Fox News. “However, current data shows that the nursing homes are facing the worst job loss among all health care providers.”