Senior living facilities will need federal aid to protect their residents

Although members of the Senate and House of Representatives may return to the nation’s capitallater this week — back from their state and district work periods several weeks earlier than expected — to look into concerns related to the U.S. Postal Service, it remains uncertain when negotiations around the next coronavirus-related relief bill will resume in full force.

For months now, industry associations have been making the case for senior living operators to be included in a federal package.

The American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living, LeadingAge, Argentum and the American Seniors Housing Association, among other organizations, have been writing members of Congress, the president and vice president. They’ve been releasing estimates of costs senior living providers will incur overall and for testing of residents and staff. They’ve come together to organize the collection of senior living data to ease distribution determinations by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. They’ve held press conferences and appeared on national television news programs to make their case. And in addition to these and other public efforts, they’ve been working behind the scenes, as always.

Increasingly, their messages are being heard, and other voices are joining their pleas.

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