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AHCA asks HHS for $10 billion emergency relief for nursing home COVID-19 testing


According to the American Health Care Association and National Center of Assisted Living (AHCA), the cost of ongoing COVID testing of nursing home residents and staff is unsustainable without additional funding and support from federal and state governments. Even the CDC’s recent recommendation to test all nursing home staff weekly would cost more than $1 billion every month.

“For months now, we have been advocating for expanded and priority testing in nursing homes to protect our residents and caregivers, but this is a significant undertaking and cost for nursing homes to shoulder on their own," said AHCA President and CEO Mark Parkinson. "That’s why we have asked HHS to grant our request for a $10 billion emergency relief to help fund expedited testing and the additional staffing needed to respond to this unprecedented health crisis.”


State By State Breakdown: COVID-19 Testing
for Nursing Homes


Testing every U.S. nursing home resident and staff once would cost $440 million

Regular testing of nursing home residents and staff is unsustainable without federal/state funding.




Published May 20, 2020










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