December 15, 2021

Argentum Calls Out Biden Administration for Indefensibly Low COVID Relief Payments for Senior Living Caregivers

One day after HHS/HRSA said it is releasing $9 billion in Provider Relief Funds, the methodology used for provider payments points to the Administration leaving senior living behind…again.

(Alexandria, Va.) – Argentum said the way in which the Biden Administration is determining COVID relief payments for assisted living communities is unconscionable, amounting to a slap in the face to the millions of those who call senior living communities home and the caregivers who have risked their lives to protect residents throughout the long and enduring pandemic.

One day after the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) said it is distributing $9 billion in Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 payments for healthcare providers harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic, a closer look at the methodology for assessing payments for assisted living communities is grossly low.

“The Biden Administration has had ample opportunity and the resources provided by Congress to do the right thing and prioritize senior living for COVID relief dollars,” said James Balda, president and CEO of Argentum. “We strongly believe that the Administration is not listening to the needs of seniors, nor the results of national polls which show widespread support across party lines for supporting senior living with adequate COVID relief.”

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