CMS: $5 Billion to Medicare-Certified Long Term Care Facilities For Protection Against COVID-19


Trump Administration Announces New Resources to Protect Nursing Home Residents Against COVID-19 Press Release

As part of the unprecedented efforts taken by the Trump Administration, President Trump today announced several new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) initiatives designed to protect nursing home residents from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

“From the moment the threat of this virus materialized, the Trump Administration has placed a priority on protecting nursing home residents,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “Today’s multi-pronged intervention represents the latest efforts in fulfilling that unwavering commitment. As caseloads continue to increase in areas around the country, it has never been more important that nursing homes have what they need to maintain a sturdy defense against the virus. These measures will help them do exactly that.”

New Funding

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will devote $5 billion of the Provider Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to Medicare-certified long term care facilities and state veterans’ homes (“nursing homes”), to build nursing home skills and enhance nursing homes’ response to COVID-19, including enhanced infection control. This funding could be used to address critical needs in nursing homes including hiring additional staff, implementing infection control “mentorship” programs with subject matter experts, increasing testing, and providing additional services, …read more:


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  1. “From the moment the threat of this virus materialized, the Trump Administration has placed a priority on protecting nursing home residents,”

    I’m happy they are devoting attention and resources to this, given the unacceptable mortality rates suffered by our seniors at longterm care facilities. That said, I was shaking my head when I read that spin from the good folks at

    • Edward, I know but I guess they have to dance to get the money. Other than shutting down the visitors to long term care facilities rather early on, those facilities did not take into account the fact that their workers left at the end of the shift and went about their lives. The workers brought in the coronavirus (of course not on purpose) and that is what killed so much of the population of these facilities. Then without oversight of the relatives of these “reverse quarantined” long term care residents, lots of other things went horribly wrong. What was needed ware willing caregivers who stayed at the facility and did not leave….not easy to do, but possible, and we would have not lost these people to COVID-19.

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