MDR Monthly Newsletter — April 2021

Public Health Emergency Extended

US HHS announced the renewal of the public health emergency for another 90 days effective April 21st. The renewal of the public health emergency will also extended several COVID-19 response policies that are linked to the emergency, including the continuous coverage (MOE) requirement that prohibits states who have accepted the FMAP increase under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 from terminating Medicaid eligibility for individuals enrolled on or after March 18th, 2020.

Investors Have Higher Expectations for Nursing Homes

A group of 95 investment and fiduciary firms with a combined asset footprint of $3.4 trillion has called for reforms in the nursing sector in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. These investors are calling for wide-spread improvements to staffing, health and safety, wages and contracts, workers’ rights, and quality of care. While the pandemic highlighted the strain in these areas, they were also present prior to the pandemic and could extend beyond it. The investor group also called for greater transparency in the nursing home sector to restore public trust, including public disclosure of how nursing homes approach governance and performance in these areas. Click here to read the group’s statement.

Medicaid Done Right Community Organization Spotlight

A Kid Again — Serving Children with a Life-Threatening Condition

At Medicaid Done Right, our employees of the month select a community organization to receive a donation from our company on their behalf. This Spotlight showcases these organizations and the wonderful impact they have on their community.

This month’s spotlight goes to A Kid Again, an organization with chapters in Ohio, Indiana, North Carolina, and the city of Philadelphia that makes life for families caring for a child with a life -threatening condition “normal” again by helping them gain back moments of positive, family-shared experiences and memories. This organization provides year ‘round fun-filled adventures that allow children with life-threatening conditions to feel like A Kid Again. If you know anyone in that has a child with a life-threatening condition, please encourage them to visit A Kid Again — Serving Children with a Life-Threatening Condition.

Nursing Homes Need Support from Congress to Avoid Closures

As reported by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), nursing homes need financial support from Congress to avoid closures stemming from the financial shortfalls exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. AHCA/NCAL estimates that the industry could face up to $94 billion dollars due to increased costs stemming from the pandemic, with over 16,000 nursing homes at risk for closure because of the mounting costs. Click here to read AHCA/NCAL’s press release.

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