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April 17, 2020

Chairman Thompson Writes HHS and FEMA Regarding Nursing Home Medical Supplies and Equipment

(WASHINGTON) – Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor, regarding the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) and essential medical supplies and equipment to long-term care and nursing homes. The residents of these facilities are at particular risk from COVID-19—and these facilities have been the sites of some of the most severe infection clusters in the country.  Like other healthcare facilities, long-term care and nursing homes appear to be experiencing severe shortages of PPE and other essential medical supplies, putting both residents and staff at risk. 

“I have received numerous inquiries and expressions of concern from constituents who are deeply worried about loved ones facing the unique risks of contracting COVID-19 in long-term care and nursing homes,” wrote Chairman Thompson.  “Like so many aspects of the Administration’s approach to acquiring and distributing PPE and other medical supplies and equipment, the specific processes for distributing PPE to long-term care and nursing homes remains a mystery shrouded in confusion.”

Link to letter

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