White House seeks $30 million for additional COVID relief funding – Reuters

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President Joe Biden

The Biden administration is asking Congress for $30 million for additional COVID-19 relief funding, White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed on Tuesday.

“While we continue to have sufficient funds to respond to the current omicron surge in the coming weeks, our focus has always been to ensure we are well prepared to stay ahead of the virus,” she said.

“The resources of [American] The bailout and previous COVID response bills allowed us to respond forcefully to the delta and omicron surges. And what we’re trying to do now is stay ahead of the curve and stay in touch with Congress on what those needs might look like,” the press secretary added.

NBC News reported that two people familiar with the administration’s plan, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that of the $30 million requested by the White House, $17.9 billion would go to vaccines and to treatments, $4.9 billion would be used for testing, $3 billion would cover coronavirus care for the uninsured, and $3.7 billion would be used to prepare for future variants.

“In drafts circulating for additional COVID demand, it appears the White House is seeking funding for monoclonal antibodies, vaccines and testing, which we strongly support,” a LeadingAge spokesperson told the The McKnight Business Daily. “However, the real-life experiences of LeadingAge supplier members tell us that additional funding is also needed – we would like [like to see] additional relief funds for providers, a one-time $2,000 relief payment for frontline aging services staff, and authorization for a permanent program to increase compensation for direct care workers and care coordinators. $5 per hour HUD services at the White House list. The needs of seniors and the providers who serve them should not be overlooked.

Leading Age President and CEO Katie Smith Sloan wrote to the President on January 21 presenting a request for relief that she said would meet the needs of its members – both to ensure that the elderly can access care and that providers have the resources to keep older adults and their caregivers serving them safe from COVID-19.

An AHCA/NCAL spokesperson told the McKnight Business Daily, “Any additional COVID-19 funding that increases the availability of vaccines, treatments, and tests can help our country’s most vulnerable in the face of this ongoing pandemic. However, as we have urged from the beginning, policy makers must prioritize residents and long-term care staff for these resources. We also strongly support additional COVID relief funding for healthcare providers through the Provider Relief Fund, to help long-term care facilities deal with the economic and workforce crises caused by the pandemic.

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