NAHCA Responds to Announcement of Senate Staffing Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 26, 2019

Contact: Dane Henning (417) 623-6049
Date: November 26, 2019

CARL JUNCTION, MO – On Thursday, November 21st, Senator Richard Blumenthal introduced The Quality Care for Nursing Home Residents Act (S.2943). This bill would revise the minimum staffing requirements in America’s skilled nursing centers. The National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA) and its members, support any bill that would ensure sufficient staff to care for America’s frail and elderly and does not accept the current state and lack of staffing requirements.

Dane Henning, NAHCA Director of Public Policy, issued the following statement regarding Blumenthal’s bill:

“No longer shall we accept being understaffed as a standard practice, all while claiming quality care is being provided. The needs of the residents are not being met and one reason is because sufficient staffing is not a requirement. We are in the business of taking care of humans with humans; how can this not be the most important aspect, the paramount characteristic in providing quality care?

“There are many aspects to recruiting and retaining staff, in which NAHCA have become experts; however, there really is no incentive for providers to do so. Unlike those that oppose, NAHCA supports this staffing bill, with or without funding. This is necessary in providing quality care and is a given in this line of work. This bill does not arrive a second too soon.”

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The National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA) is a professional association of and for Certified Nursing Assistants and represents more than 16,000 CNA members across the country. NAHCA elevates the professional standing and performance of caregivers through recognition, advocacy, education and empowerment to maximize success and quality care. For more information about NAHCA, please visit their website atwww.nahcacna.org.