Trump: Panel Will Examine Nursing Home Response To Coronavirus
President Trump announced Thursday that an independent commission will be formed to look at the response of nursing homes to the coronavirus. The move comes after nursing home operators have been clamoring for more equipment and testing.
In comments at a White House event, Trump acknowledged that nursing homes were:
"A spot that we have to take care of. I guess you could call it a little bit of a weak spot, because things are happening at the nursing homes that we're not happy about."
The Federal Emergency Management Agency also announced it will send two shipments of personal protective gear to every nursing home, each shipment containing a one-week supply, by July 4.
The American Health Care Association, which represents most nursing homes, applauded the announcement. In a statement, President and CEO Mark Parkinson said, "We appreciate the commission and the plan of action announced today by the Trump administration as an important step forward to ensure long term care facilities receive the vital support needed during this unprecedented public health crisis."
But the praise from the nursing home industry was not universal. LeadingAge, which represents nonprofit senior services including nursing homes, blasted the administration for leaving testing out of its plan. President and CEO Katie Smith Sloan said in a statement, "Today's announcements fell far short of what's needed to protect the most vulnerable Americans from the coronavirus."
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