AHCA/NCAL Applauds Extension of National Guard Deployment to Help Long Term Care Respond to COVID-19

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), representing more than 14,000 nursing homes and long term care facilities across the country that provide care to approximately five million people each year, released the following statement applauding President Trump for extending Title 32 Status for governors to utilize their National Guard through August 21 for COVID-19 related activities on May 28. 

The following statement is attributable to Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL: 

“The dedicated caregivers in America’s nursing homes and assisted living communities have done heroic work on the front lines of this fight against the historic challenge posed by the novel coronavirus pandemic. As we’ve been saying for months, we need help and support from the public health sector. Which is why we are appreciative of the assistance that National Guard units have been providing long term care facilities in several states across the country. 

“From administering tests to delivering personal protective equipment and care packages, National Guardsmen and women have provided a service to one of our nation’s most vulnerable populations. President Trump’s decision to continue to provide federal funding for this important work through at least August 21 gives providers the peace of mind that this assistance will be available when it is most needed.”

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represents more than 14,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the nearly 5 million seniors and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our facilities each year. For more information, please visit www.ahcancal.org or www.ncal.org​.​