COVID-19 is spreading like wildfire through our nation’s nursing homes.

Time is running short for Congress to take meaningful action to protect nursing home residents. Meanwhile, hundreds of nursing home residents and staff are dying of COVID-19 each day. We need your help to urge support for a five-point plan to save lives and improve conditions in these facilities.

1. Ensure regular and prioritized testing of staff and residents, in accordance with CDC guidelines, and provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to staff and residents and ensure their proper use; 

2. Create transparency around COVID-19 cases and data in nursing homes and other longterm care facilities, transfer and discharge rights, how provider relief funds are used, and establish guardrails to ensure funds are used for testing, PPE, staffing, virtual visitation, and other items that directly relate to resident care, well-being, prevention, and treatment; 

3. Require facilities to provide and facilitate virtual visitation; 

4. Ensure adequate staffing levels and allow long-term care ombudsmen in-person access to do their jobs to advocate for residents; and 

5. Reject blanket immunity for nursing homes and other long-term care facilities related to COVID-19. 

More than 56,000 nursing home and other long-term care facility residents and staff have already died from COVID-19. Please send a message to Senators Alexander and Blackburn urging their support of this bi-partisan effort.

 

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Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to urge your support to enact a bipartisan five-point plan to protect nursing home residents and staff by providing:
1. Adequate PPE and regular testing
2. Creating more transparency
3. Requiring access to virtual visitation
4. Improving staffing and oversight
5. Stopping attempts to provide blanket immunity to long-term care facilities



Every day, lives are literally at stake - please support this issue with urgency and by taking meaningful action to protect nursing home residents. Thank you for your consideration and leadership.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]