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30 percent of senior living members still report PPE challenges, Argentum, ASHA say

Almost one-third (30%) of senior living companies that are members of Argentum or the American Seniors Housing Association still face challenges in securing adequate personal protective equipment in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the organizations told the Senate Special Committee on Aging in a statement submitted for the record of the committee’s May 21 hearing, titled “Caring for Seniors Amid the COVID-19 Crisis.” AHCA / NCAL also submitted comments.

More COVID-19 testing needed for assisted living and skilled nursing, groups say as CMS issues guidance for reopening

Two associations representing long-term care providers on Monday called for more funding for COVID-19 testing for assisted living communities as well as skilled nursing facilities after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced a plan for the relaxing of the restrictions put in place in the nation’s nursing homes due to the pandemic.

Long-term care struggles for COVID-19 resources speak to deeper societal issue, leaders say

Assisted living communities’ and nursing homes’ difficulty in securing personal protective equipment and testing to prevent or contain the spread of COVID-19, despite the fact that older adults are at higher risk for serious complications related to the disease, speaks to a deeper societal issue in the United States, leaders of national and state industry associations said Thursday.

Affordable senior housing operators may be penalized due to confusion over Paycheck Protection Act program eligibility

Confusion over whether not-for-profit affordable seniors housing providers are eligible for loans through the federal Paycheck Protection Program has providers in danger of either being penalized if they accepted funds inappropriately or of missing out on funds if they don’t apply because they believe they aren’t eligible. Today is the deadline for all PPP borrowers to return funds without penalty if they received funds for which they are not eligible.

White House announcements do nothing to help non-nursing home settings, LeadingAge says; AARP opposes litigation immunity for providers

The White House’s recommendation that all states test nursing home residents and staff members for the novel coronavirus over the next two weeks, and President Trump’s comment that “we have prevailed” on COVID-19 testing — both made Monday — leaves unanswered the question, “What help does this provide to millions of vulnerable adults cared for in non-nursing home settings?” LeadingAge President and CEO Katie Smith Sloan said. Meanwhile, the AARP on Monday sent a letter to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee asking them to reject proposals to grant immunity from COVID-19-related lawsuits to assisted living, skilled nursing and other long-term care providers.

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