The assisted living industry reiterates the need for $ 10 billion in COVID-19 relief
The assisted living industry reiterates the need for $ 10 billion in COVID-19 relief

The assisted living industry reiterates the need for $ 10 billion in COVID-19 relief

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Argentum reiterated its $ 10 billion message in help that nursing home operators need for Congress on Thursday.

“Time and time again, caregivers have been left behind in federal COVID-19 relief efforts, despite caring for the population most vulnerable to this deadly virus and its variants,” the association’s president and CEO James Balda wrote in a letter to congress leaders.

With the remaining Provident Aid Fund dollars almost depleted, and a majority of providers of nursing homes operating at a loss, Balda once again urged Congress to target $ 10 billion in new or existing emergency assistance to the sector.

Reps. Lori Trahan (D-MA) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) introduced earlier this year the Argentum-led protection of the elderly’s needs for infrastructure and labor resources (SENIOR) Act, which would provide financing to nursing home operators who demonstrate significant and uncompensated COVID-19-related losses. It would also invest in existing federal workforce development programs to further develop a nursing home workforce.

In addition, Argentum supports Act on the Reinstatement of Tax Deductions for Employeeswhich would give companies up to $ 26,000 in refundable credits per. employee, which helps providers retain frontline caregivers.

Thirty billion in pandemic losses, plus continued efforts to prevent infections, wage increases and a nationwide shortage of workers, require immediate attention from Congress, Balda said.

“While Washington is considering another round of COVID relief, it is seniors living in assisted living, memory care and other senior residents who have not seen the level of financial support for their providers as experienced in other industries,” he wrote. . “During the first 20 months of the pandemic, the senior industry lost more than 100,000 workers, resulting in 96% of communities facing staff shortages and 61% worried that the lack of staff may force them to close. ”

The challenge, Balda said, is not just to find enough relatives to meet current needs; it also looks at the long-term demand for care and services in the coming years. The CEO said he was concerned that if Congress does not act now, there will not be enough caregivers to meet the needs of the “tens of millions of seniors who will need help in the coming decades.”

ARP Rural and Phase 4 Payment Reconsideration

Meanwhile, Provider Relief Fund Phase 4 and the American Rescue Plan rural reconsideration are now open, allowing operators to correct potential errors in their initial payment calculations.

The reassessment gives applicants extra time to participate in the program; To participate, providers must have an email from the Health Resources and Services Administration stating the outcome of the initial application.

Operators will not be allowed to submit new applications for Phase 4 / ARP rural funding during the process, nor will they be able to revise or correct their original applications. In addition, HRSA will not change its payment terms.

Providers submitting a reconsideration request are also not guaranteed approval or an adjustment of their payment. HRSA also maintains that any approval or adjustment of payment terms is subject to the availability of funds.

For more information on the reconsideration process and the necessary steps, providers can visit Reassessment of HRSA payment website.

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