AHCA/NCAL urges HHS to extend COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

McKnight's Senior Living (5/12, Bowers) reports that "16 national organizations, including the American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living...asked Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to extend the public health emergency related to COVID-19." In a letter to Becerra, the groups said, "We need to be ready should a future variant elude the protection of our current vaccines and ensure that the health care system is prepared as we head into this fall's flu season." AHCA/NCAL has previously "requested that Becerra extend the PHE through the end of 2022." AHCA/NCAL Senior Vice President of Government Relations Clif Porter said, "We urge the federal government to prioritize long-term care residents and staff by extending the PHE so that providers can continue to offer the most efficient and effective care possible."
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