Capitol Correspondence - 04.23.24

Senate Aging Committee Explores Long-Term Care Workforce Challenges

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On April 16, the Senate Special Committee on Aging convened to discuss challenges facing the long-term care (LTC) workforce. The hearing titled “The Long-Term Care Workforce: Addressing Shortages and Improving the Profession” focused on strategies to alleviate shortages and enhance standards within the field. Witnesses emphasized the importance of addressing workforce burnout through improved payment and workforce expansion.

Both Democrats and Republicans stressed the urgency of addressing ongoing workforce shortages, wages, benefits, and training methods. Additionally, senators deliberated on the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) proposed rule aimed at establishing staffing standards in nursing facilities. Opinions varied on whether mandated minimum staffing ratios would positively or negatively impact patient care. The hearing provided a platform for bipartisan dialogue on critical issues affecting the LTC workforce.

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