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Dr. David Gifford is chief medical officer of the American Health Care Association, Washington, D.C., and former director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, 2005-2011.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating, particularly for the elderly who live and receive care in nursing homes. The pandemic exposed and exacerbated systemic issues in America’s long-term care system, notably workforce shortages and chronic underfunding.

The Rhode Island Nursing Home Staffing and Quality Care Act (HR 5012) creates a minimum staffing level of 3.58 hours of nursing care per day beginning in January 2022 and increases it to 3.81 in January 2023. It also provides a small Medicaid rate increase of 0.5% in 2022, or $1.2 million statewide, followed by 0.75% and 1% increases in the following two years.



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