07.30.20

Gardner Applauds $5 Billion in Funding to Protect Nursing Home Residents

Washington, D.C – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) applauded the announcement that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will award $5 billion to long-term care facilities and state veterans’ homes to combat COVID-19. The announcement also included several other initiatives to protect long-term care facility residents. The initiatives include delivering more than 15,000 COVID-19 testing devices to nursing homes as well as specialized training and technical assistance.

“Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19,”said Senator Gardner. “I’m pleased to see this new funding to protect residents and workers in these facilities. I will continue fighting for the safety of residents in long-term care facilities.”

This funding is provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and comes in addition to the $4.9 billion delivered to nursing homes in May.

Gardner is a cosponsor of S. 3768, the bipartisan Nursing Home COVID-19 Protection and Prevention Act, which would provide $20 billion in emergency funding to support nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. You can read more about Senator Gardner’s actions to protect Coloradans from COVID-19 here.

Background:

  • In May 2020, Gardner and the entire Colorado congressional delegation sent a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requesting that personal protective equipment (PPE) deliveries to these facilities be continued through June and July and that FEMA expand which facilities receive these supplies to include assisted living facilities and intermediate care facilities.
  • In May 2020, Gardner called for funding to be set aside for nursing home and other senior care providers in the next tranche of CARES Act Provider Relief Funds.
  • In April 2020, Gardner, Governor Jared Polis, and Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) made a unified request to improve the CARES Act to better support Coloradans through COVID-19, including support for nursing homes.
  • In April 2020, Gardner and members of the Colorado delegation wrote to HHS requesting additional relief for nursing homes.

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.