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Capitol Correspondence - 08.24.21

President Biden, HHS Announce Intent to Require Vaccination in Nursing Homes

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it will be issuing an emergency regulation requiring staff of nursing homes funded by Medicaid and/or Medicare to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

It is ANCOR’s understanding that HHS’ intention for the emergency regulation is that it will not apply in settings beyond nursing homes. The policy intent is stated to withhold federal funding as punitive measures for noncompliance with vaccination of nursing home staff. ANCOR will remain connected with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) through the drafting process to confirm language and applicability.

ANCOR continues to draw attention to ongoing concerns about the workforce crisis and policies which may impact or further exacerbate the ability of providers to hire and retain workers.