Congresswoman Luria Advocates for More COVID-19 Testing and Transparency in Nursing Homes

June 15, 2020
Press Release

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA — Congresswoman Luria joined a bicameral effort calling on Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma to address the COVID-19 crisis occurring within nursing homes across the country and the dire need for additional federal support and guidance.

“I am deeply concerned about the health and safety of the residents and staff in nursing homes because they currently lack the resources to follow CMS guidance, including screening individuals entering the facility, notifying residents of positive tests, and access to PPE for staff members,” said Congresswoman Luria. “CMS must act to ensure that understaffed nursing homes can complete accurate and timely reports and provide that information to residents’ families. Our communities deserve answers from HHS and CMS so we can better tend to the needs of our nation’s most vulnerable.”

Over 1.3 million Americans live in nursing homes, and they are among the most susceptible to the health effects of the coronavirus. Many of these facilities lack testing kits, PPE, and enough staff to protect and care for residents. At least 9,800 nursing homes and long-term care facilities have reported COVID-19 cases, and over 44,000 residents and workers have died from this disease.

Link to the full letter can be found here.

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.