Keller discusses Nurses CARE Act
Rep. Fred Keller, R-Middleburg, joined Rep. Susan Wild, D-Allentown, and an industry coalition led by Zach Shamberg, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Health Care Association, to discuss ways to strengthen the health care workforce and ensure long-term facilities have the tools they need to continue caring for senior citizens.
Representatives from ProMedica Senior Care East Division, ProMedica Senior Care, Bedrock Care, Country Meadows Retirement Communities, and the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce also participated in the discussion.
The COVID-19 pandemic has posed significant challenges for delivering health care in congregate settings. Without the service of the over 4,000 temporary nurse aides who have joined the workforce in Pennsylvania since COVID-19 began, the negative effects of this pandemic would have been even greater.
During the discussion, Keller highlighted the importance of passing the Nurses CARE Act, legislation he introduced with Wild to enable TNAs to retain their certification status after the COVID-19 emergency declaration has been lifted.
Specifically, the Nurses CARE Act provides states the flexibility to offer on-the-job experience as a partial substitute for certification courses and other evaluations, thereby preventing critical workforce shortages among America’s health care providers.
On the roundtable, Keller made the following statement:
“Thank you to Congresswoman Wild, the Pennsylvania Health Care Association, health care professionals, and business leaders for your partnership to make sure we protect our seniors and staff at long-term care facilities. We owe nurse aides and other healthcare workers a debt of gratitude, and I am confident that today’s discussion is a step in the right direction in preventing workforce shortages and increasing the amount of qualified frontline workers to care for our loved ones in long-term care.”