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Larson Joins 87 House Democrats Demanding Trump Administration to Prioritize COVID-19 Testing In Nursing Homes And All Long-Term Care

May 4, 2020
Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) joined 87 House Democrats in a letter led by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma. The letter requests that a portion of the $25 billion in funding for COVID-19 testing provided by Congress as part of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act be used to enhance diagnostic COVID-19 testing at long-term care facilities.

“We are writing to reiterate our concern about the devastating impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic on the residents and workers of long-term care facilities, including nursing homes and other congregate living settings. We request that a portion of the emergency funding appropriated by Congress as part of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (the “Act”) be allocated to states specifically for the development, purchase, administration, or provision of COVID-19 diagnostic tests for long-term care facilities. Diagnostic testing remains one of the most essential tools we can utilize to containCOVID-19 and prevent future spikes,” wrote the members.

The full letter can be viewed here. In April, Larson joined colleagues in sending a letter asking HHS and CMS to immediately begin collecting and publicly reporting data on COVID-19 cases and fatalities in long-term care.