May 7, 2020

The Honorable Jan Schakowsky
2367 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C.20515

Dear Representative Schakowsky:

On behalf of our millions of members and supporters, I write to endorse H.R. 6698, the Quality of Care for Nursing Home Residents During COVID-19 Act of 2020.

Among other things, this bill requires facilities to:

  • have a full-time infection interventionist on staff;
  • regularly test residents and staff;
  • provide enough personal protective equipment (PPE) for all employees and report PPE shortages at least 24 hours before shortage is expected to occur;
  • offer at least two weeks of paid sick leave to each employee; and
  • facilitate virtual visits for residents who cannot receive visitors to look in on them during lockdown.

H.R. 6698 also authorizes $100 million to provide to states for strike teams to address resident or worker safety within 72 hours of a COVID case being reported.

This comprehensive legislation is urgently needed to make sure that seniors in nursing homes are kept as safe as possible during this public health emergency.  I applaud you for your leadership safeguarding the health and security of seniors during this crisis in which they are especially vulnerable.


Max Richtman
President and CEO