US House Passes $1.9T Stimulus BillYesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, a $1.9 trillion stimulus bill that contains some additional support for long term care. Specifically, the bill includes $200 million to support COVID-19 vaccination efforts and infection control improvements in nursing homes through contracts with Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs). It also dedicates $250 million to “strike teams” that can assist facilities in outbreak for up to a year after the end of the declared public health emergency. While there are additional provisions that address testing, PPE and workforce issues, it does not replenish the federal Provider Relief Fund. This leaves the decision making with the States as to how they will use the federal infusion of funds to support providers. President Biden will address the nation tonight and is expected to sign the package into law Friday.
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