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Biden to Call for Nursing Home Mandatory Staffing Levels (1)

Feb. 28, 2022, 8:55 PMUpdated: Feb. 28, 2022, 11:21 PM

President Joe Biden will announce plans to impose mandatory minimum staffing requirements for nursing homes during his State of the Union address on Tuesday, the White House reported Monday.

In addition, the president will ask Congress for nearly $500 million—a 24% increase—to fund expanded health and safety inspections at nursing homes. And Biden plans to increase penalties for poor-performing facilities, according to a White House fact sheet.

The staffing initiative comes amid the Covid-19 pandemic, which has fueled the worst staffing crisis the nursing home industry has ever experienced. Over 201,000 residents and staffers have died from Covid in nursing ...