NYSHFA | NYSCAL advocates on a wide range of regulatory and legislative issues facing skilled nursing providers and adult care/assisted living communities. View advocacy materials and stay informed on issues affecting long term and post-acute care.

Visitation & Testing Request for NYS

On August 26, 2020, CMS issued an interim final rule concerning long-term care facility testing requirements. In its interim final rule, CMS established new COVID-19 testing requirements based on the positivity rate of the virus in the respective county where a healthcare facility is located.

NYSHFA | NYSCAL respectfully requests that New York implement CMS’s targeted testing rules in place of the State’s current broad once a week staff testing requirement. The CMS approach of county-based positivity rate testing will pinpoint testing in communities where it is needed most while continuing to safeguard the health and safety of skilled nursing and assisted living residents and staff.

NYSHFA | NYSCAL is also requesting that the State amend its current limitation of family visitation in long-term care so additional residents can see their loved ones in-person. Specifically, we are requesting that the State allow family visitation in long term care facilities after 14 days of no new COVID-19 cases. This sensible change in the State’s visitation restrictions will align with the NYS DOH return to work after 14 days quarantine as set forth in the NYS DOH Criteria for Return to Work for Healthcare Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Templates

An increase in the state portion of the SSI for residents of adult care facilities will ensure continued access to necessary care. The current rate of $40.60 per day is insufficient to provide care, housing, meals, case management, medication assistance, housekeeping, and activities, all of which contribute to providing our residents the best quality of life possible.

Download and fill the noted areas with your information to contact your lawmakers, urging them to support an increase of $20 per day over the next five years. This increase is essential to enable ACFs to continue to care for SSI recipients.