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Industry repeats call for resources as Congress members ask for assisted living COVID-19 case details

Industry associations are supporting the transparency requested by three members of Congress who have asked 11 assisted living companies to detail their case counts and strategies related to COVID-19 — including use of personal protective equipment and testing, but the associations also continue to call on the federal government to prioritize assisted living operators for PPE and other resources to battle the disease.

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Federal effort ‘important first step’ but ‘far short’ of what’s needed to protect seniors against COVID-19, leaders say

President Trump’s remark Thursday that seniors are being taken “very special care of” is “false,” and federal government efforts “far short of what’s needed to protect the most vulnerable Americans from the coronavirus,” LeadingAge CEO Katie Smith Sloan said. AHCA / NCAL CEO Mark Parkinson said the announcement was “an important first step,” and Argentum CEO James Balda said “there is much more that needs to be done for senior living communities.”

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COVID-19 fight in long-term care not limited to nursing homes or for-profits, LeadingAge tells federal officials

LeadingAge is urging the federal government to ensure that all aging services providers — not just nursing homes, and not just for-profit providers — receive “meaningful” amounts of personal protective equipment, “effective and efficient” testing, and a “comprehensive approach to supporting older adults and the workers who care for them” as providers fight to prevent or contain the spread of COVID-19.

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