Thousands of Nursing Home Leaders Pen Letter to Congress, Again Urging Rejection of Federal Staffing Proposal

March 1, 2024

More than 1,000 nursing home leaders, along with associations like LeadingAge and the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), sent a joint letter to House Ways and Means Committee leaders to reject the federal minimum staffing proposal.

The letter, spearheaded by AHCA/NCAL, was sent late Thursday and signed by state partners and providers as well, urging support for the Protecting Rural Seniors’ Access to Care Act (H.R. 5796) which would effectively stop the proposal. The legislation was first introduced by Reps. Michelle Fischbach (R-MN) and Greg Pence (R-IN). There’s a companion bill in the Senate. All told, there are 11 members of Congress working to push the legislation forward.

“Nursing homes are a critical part of our health care continuum, which is why the number of stakeholders speaking out against this flawed policy continues to grow,” AHCA/NCAL Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Clif Porter said in a statement. “We are extremely proud to have led this effort and grateful for the support of these organizations.”

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