Congresswoman Luria Advocates for Assisted Living Facilities during COVID-19

August 17, 2020
Press Release

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – Today, Congresswoman Luria announced her support for the Assisted Living Facility Coronavirus Reporting Act (H.R. 7463), which would improve the safety of residents, their families, and staff at assisted living facilities by strengthening reporting requirements related to COVID-19 infections. Specifically, this bill would require states to report weekly and historic COVID-19 data to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and require assisted living facilities to notify federal, state, and local health officials if anyone associated with the facility contracts COVID-19.

“Residents of assisted living facilities are among the most vulnerable to the health effects of COVID-19, and we must do more to protect them. While less than 1% of the American population lives in nursing homes, 42% of all deaths from COVID-19 occurred among residents in these facilities,” said Congresswoman Luria. “This bill will hold nursing homes accountable as we work to stop the spread of COVID-19 and will give the CDC and HHS the data and information they need to advise the public.”

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Congresswoman Luria has been fighting for residents of assisted living facilities. Last month, she joined Congressman Gerry Connolly (VA-11) in sending a letter urging U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor to provide immediate relief for assisted living facilities. In June, Congresswoman Luria also joined a bicameral effort demanding more testing and supplies for long-term care facilities from HHS and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 

Congresswoman Elaine Luria represents Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where she is the Vice Chair of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where she serves as Chair of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee.