Senior living facilities desperate for COVID-19 relief funds, lawmakers tell HHS

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More than 50 U.S. lawmakers are urging HHS to equitably distribute the remaining money in the Provider Relief Fund, asking the department specifically to allocate funds to long-term care providers. 

In a letter to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, the lawmakers urge HHS to quickly provide assistance to senior living facilities which are experiencing financial losses that are "long-term, compounding and unsustainable."

The lawmakers argue that these facilities care for nearly 2 million seniors, but have received a more limited amount of federal aid from the Provider Relief Fund. 

"It is estimated that approximately $23 billion remains in the Provider Relief Fund, and a proportional allocation of funds to these senior care facilities would signal that this administration remains dedicated to helping our nation’s seniors and their families," the letter reads. 

Reps. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va, and Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio, are leading the bipartisan effort to urge HHS to quickly distribute the funds to these facilities.

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