Providers push Congress as negotiations intensify: Nursing homes need traditional infrastructure help
Federal lawmakers negotiating a massive infrastructure deal should allocate support for capital improvements in the nation’s nursing homes, the American Health Care Association and National Association for Assisted Living reiterated Wednesday.
The nation’s largest provider organization said many nursing homes “would like to evolve and make infrastructure investments” in technology, indoor air quality and energy backups, but many cannot afford to do so because of chronic Medicaid underfunding. Medicaid pays for approximately 60% of all nursing home care in the U.S.
While COVID-19 highlighted and exacerbated infrastructure concerns, AHCA noted that associated relief funding has not addressed systemic problems.