The nation’s second-largest nursing home association is calling on Congress to approve crucial COVID-19 funding that will help protect providers and residents ahead of new surges expected to hit in the coming months.
“We know what the tools are to confront COVID-19. Congress must act now so communities across the nation have access to these tools and are prepared to deal with the coming surges,” Katie Smith Sloan, LeadingAge president and CEO, wrote in a letter to the House and Senate.
Experts are predicting new surges in the late summer and fall. The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that both COVID-19 cases among residents and staff have increased steadily since hitting pandemic-lows in early April.
Funding would be used to ensure test kits, testing locations, vaccines (including boosters) and treatments remain available and accessible to those who need it most — especially seniors and the aging services providers who care for them.
President Biden requested bipartisan support from Congress in March, and again in April, asking them to approve $22.5 billion in supplemental COVID funding to better protect people from future outbreaks.