To the editor:

I feel very fortunate right now that my mother lives with me and not in a nursing home. In our own district, one nursing home (Canterbury Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center) has accounted for 51 COVID-19-related deaths, the highest death toll at a long-term care facility in the United States.

To help with this crisis, Congress has passed two acts which combined provide $175 billionto healthcare providers that provide diagnoses, testing, or care for individuals with COVID-19. However, U.S. long-term care facilities have only received about $3 billion in federal assistance since these bills were signed into law.

No one seems to know why the money designated for nursing homes is being held up. Fortunately, we have a Congresswoman here in the 7th district who is determined to get to the bottom of this.  Abigail Spanberger has taken the lead in a congressional effort to get the funds released and to get an explanation of the delay.

In a letter to Alex Azar, Health and Human Services secretary, Spanberger and 18 of her colleagues demand an immediate response and the release of the billions of dollars in federal funding already approved by Congress and signed into law by President Trump, stating that this financial support is “essential to protecting the vulnerable populations these facilities serve.”

Let’s make sure that we reelect Abigail this November. It’s clear that she cares about us.

Lynn Engler

Louisa

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