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January 28, 2022

12/2/2021 11:00:00 AM
Unfunded nursing home mandates in "Build Back Better Act" will worsen historic staffing crisis

In Washington, D.C., the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), representing more than 14,000 nursing homes and long-term care facilities across the country that provide care to approximately 5 million people each year, today said that two provisions in the Build Back Better Act (H.R. 5376) will have a devastating impact on nursing homes and could force thousands more facilities to further limit admissions or possibly close their doors.
The provisions, one that would require nursing homes to have a registered nurse (RN) on-staff 24 hours a day and another that would require the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to conduct a study on minimum staffing ratios and implement the regulations within one year, are unfunded mandates that conservatively, would cost the nursing homes industry billions of dollars a year and require hiring more than 150,000 new caregivers....
(See the rest of the story in the November 25, 2021 Chronicle issue)





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