They loved working in the house because it was more comfortable than in the hospital. They weren’t too interested in the dying or bed sores and the finger pulls.
They loved being home.
But that love has dimmed with the Republican immigration overhaul, which cuts off federal funding to care facilities that refuse to follow instructions on staff vaccinations.
More than 160 homes have so far opted out of the federal mandate, one congressional source said. The deadline is Aug. 1.
An HHS spokesman did not respond to requests for comment.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is requiring hospitals to get permission from the provider agency before they allow staffers to work in nursing homes. But nursing homes can opt out of the requirement by Jan. 1, and, as the nation grapples with a nursing crisis, some facilities are doing so.
“We have to be fair to the nursing homes that have to let all of their staff in,” said Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), who has proposed a mandate identical to that of the hospital rule.
“The price of allowing nursing homes to deny up to 1,000 people with a sicker population to be treated in a nursing home is that you wouldn’t be able to have a functioning health system in the country. You wouldn’t be able to provide any kind of care. So the whole notion of having safe and equitable coverage is on the line.”