GHCA Commends Governor Kemp on Release of $113M in CARES Act Funding to Support Georgia’s Skilled Nursing Centers
October 2, 2020
Devon Barill, Director of Communications
Stockbridge, GA - Tony Marshall, President & CEO of the Georgia Health Care Association (GHCA), today issued the following statement in response to Governor Brian Kemp's announcement of the release of $113 million in CARES Act emergency relief funding for Georgia's skilled nursing centers for increased state-supported staffing and COVID-19 response, including $78 million in additional funding for nursing center staff testing.
“The GHCA Board and membership would like to express our sincerest gratitude to Governor Kemp for prioritizing the health and safety of elderly Georgians and taking this important step in ensuring long term care communities have the resources they need to continue to care for vulnerable seniors amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Georgia's long term care providers are working around the clock to protect their residents from the virus, and this emergency funding is vital to help centers meet CMS' new requirements for regular testing of long term care staff and will assist to augment emergency staffing.
We are appreciative of our ongoing partnership with the Governor's Office and look forward to further dialogue on how we can ensure providers have the resources they need to best keep their residents safe in the midst of this unprecedented crisis.”
The Georgia Health Care Association is a non-profit association of skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, and home and community based case managers called SOURCE. Advocates for Georgia's elderly since 1953, the Association represents the best interests of patients, residents and consumers as well as owners, administrators, and other personnel. GHCA strives to enhance the ability of its members to provide competent and compassionate care to meet the ever-changing health care needs of elderly Georgians. For more information, visit www.ghca.info.