Republican Governors Call on President Biden to Reconsider the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Unrealistic Long-Term Care Staffing Requirements

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, 15 Republican governors, led by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and Nebraska Governor Jim Pillen, sent a letter to President Biden calling on him to reconsider Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) onerous proposed long-term care staffing requirements.

The letter directs President Biden to reconsider CMS’s proposed one-size-fits-all long-term care staffing requirements rule that will force many long-term care facilities to close and erode health care access for some of the nation’s most vulnerable citizens.

Further, the letter states that President Biden’s proposed rule disregards results from CMS’s own study on long-term care facility staffing and puts citizens further at risk. Republican governors are committed to protecting the health and safety of all citizens and welcome the Biden Administration to join a genuine state-federal dialogue on how to best serve long-term care residents.

Read the full letter here.

Led by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and Nebraska Governor Jim Pillen, additional signatories include: Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves, Missouri Governor Mike Parson, Montana Governor Greg Gianforte, Nevada Governor Joe Lombardo, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, and Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon.