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Urge Lawmakers to Provide COVD-19 Relief to Adult Care Facilities

New York’s senior living providers have incurred hundreds of millions of dollars in expenses to procure gowns, gloves, masks, and other infection control supplies, to provide well-deserved hero pay to staff, to hire additional staff, and to provide weekly staff testing as mandated by DOH.  Additionally, declining occupancy rates due to temporary discontinuation of admissions and limitations on visitation resulted in substantial revenue losses. 

Since May of 2020, New York has required adult care facilities (ACFs), assisted living residences (ALRs), and Medicaid assisted living programs (ALPs), to test all staff weekly for COVID-19.  While this is a crucial protocol to ensure the safety of both residents and staff, the costs associated with this mandate were completely unanticipated.  In just May and June of 2020, providers spent approximately $18.5 million to comply with the testing mandate. It has now been over a year with no financial relief or support from the State and the resting mandate is ongoing.

In recognition of the critical role all ACFs/ALRs/ALPs play in the long-term care continuum, LeadingAge New York, Argentum NY, Empire State Association of Assisted Living (ESAAL) and NYSCAL are urging the Legislature to provide a one-time request of $75 million to help preserve these essential services for New York’s seniors and their families. 

Enter your information below to urge lawmakers to provide critical financial relief to New York’s ACFs, ALRs and ALPs!