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Kansas is latest state to adopt COVID liability protections for senior living operators

Kansas is the latest state to adopt COVID-19 immunity protections for assisted living operators. House Bill 2126, signed into law last week by Gov. Laura Kelly, provides immunity from civil liability for COVID-19 claims for adult care homes, including assisted living communities, that were in “substantial compliance with public health directives” during a public health emergency.
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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp says challenge to COVID-19 executive orders too vague, could affect assisted living visitation if upheld … Vaccine hesitancy leads to spike in staff COVID-19 cases in Florida assisted living communities … More federal oversight of assisted living needed, comedian John Oliver says in ‘Last Week Tonight’ segment … Sun City, AZ, The Villages in Florida, New York among top cities where retirees move: AdvisorSmith study … Brookdale Senior Living completes COVID vaccination clinics; acceptance rate exceeds 92% among residents

White House topline funding requests include $180 million for new affordable senior housing

A $9 billion increase in federal funding to increase the supply and improve energy efficiency in affordable senior housing as well as to end homelessness are part of a White House discretionary funding request for fiscal year 2022 made Friday. HUD noted that the request also includes $180 million to support 2,000 units of new housing for the elderly and people with disabilities.
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More news for Monday, April 12

American House Senior Living Communities to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for staff effective Aug. 1 … Wisconsin Republican stimulus spending plan includes $150 million for assisted living communities and nursing homes … Assisted living resident charged with assault after allegedly attacking 2 employees who tried to stop him from leaving

Senior living occupancy declines for sixth quarter in a row, reaches new low: NIC

Occupancy at U.S. senior living communities — independent living and assisted living combined — reached a record low of 78.8% in the first quarter, according to new NIC MAP data released today. The news marks the sixth consecutive quarter that occupancy has declined. Four of those quarters have been during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Criminal recoveries for Medicaid fraud in assisted living top $1M again due to case discovered after murder

Fallout from a Medicaid fraud case discovered because of a murder at an assisted living community had an outsized effect on fraud-related criminal monetary recoveries by state Medicaid Fraud Control Units for the second consecutive year, suggests the latest annual report released by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.
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