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House Democrats Urge HHS and CMS to Track and Publicly Report COVID-19 Cases in Long-Term Care Facilities

April 15, 2020

On April 15th, a group of House Democrats sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Seema Verma, administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services urging them to track and publicly report COVID-19 in nursing homes. A recent NBC News investigation found more than 5,600 deaths linked to long-term care facilities in 29 states.  Yet, because testing remains limited and data has not been disclosed, many fear the death toll is much higher.  In the letter, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) wrote, "“[T]he Administration and the Congress lack essential information to adequately respond and protect older Americans and individuals with disabilities who rely on these facilities to survive and are particularly at risk for COVID-19." Consumer Voice provided input on the letter.  Read the letter »

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