Tell the Senate to Act for Older Adults

December 6, 2021

As the U.S. Senate debates the historic expansions in housing, services, and workforce in the House-passed Build Back Better Act (H.R. 5376), we want to urge Senators Casey and Toomey to preserve these ground-breaking provisions and increase the funding for new construction of HUD Section 202 homes for low-income older people.

To preserve maximum choice for older people and their families, there are two provisions in the bill related to nursing home staffing that LeadingAge cannot support.

  • The nursing home staffing study should be reframed to inform future discussions on staffing minimums and ratios, but regulatory decisions should not be assumed to align with the results of the study.
  • Flexibility must be maintained to allow providers to best serve their residents through review of needs, and other physical contributing and mitigating factors.
  • The 24-hour registered nurse coverage requirements as currently written will make it impossible for many nursing homes to survive, and must be reviewed and substantially reconsidered.

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