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(Alexandria, Va.) – Argentum, the national non-profit association that represents 75% of the nation’s senior living communities, said it strongly supports the House appropriations bill released today that advances association priorities for workforce programming and dementia care by calling for increased funding outlays for Fiscal Year 2023.

Argentum has directly advocated with the House Appropriations Committee to make these significant increases in key federal funding that impacts members and residents alike. In addition, Argentum was also able to gain critical report language that advises the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) to better focus workforce development programs to meet the dramatic growth in the needs of an aging U.S. population.

“On workforce alone, this appropriations outline will help bring more people into the profession where staffing challenges have affected communities far and wide. We live in a country with a rapidly aging population where over the course of the next decade, there will be more seniors than children for the first time in our nation’s history,” said James Balda, president and chief executive officer, Argentum.

“This means more seniors will need assisted care than ever before, but Argentum projects that the workforce shortages in the near future will be at catastrophic levels if more is not done. We appreciate the strong investment in Dept. of Labor and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) workforce development and urge the report language to direct a stronger focus on the great needs of our senior population.”

He said advancing a strong federal investment in the senior living workforce shortage crisis is just one component of Argentum’s comprehensive plan to develop the workforce needed for our members to thrive. For example, the association-backed SENIOR Act (H.R. 6530) increases the investment in existing Health and Human Services (HHS) workforce development programs through $1.25 billion in new four-year grants to help develop a geriatric care workforce.

Argentum said the spending outline for FY23 is the start of a legislative process that likely will stretch to the end of this year, but provides a foundation for putting senior living residents, staff, and owners/operators at the top of related appropriations targets.

Below are highlights from the House Appropriations Committee Labor, Health, and Human Services (LHHS) FY23 funding provisions relating to senior living:

Read a complete summary at here.

 

About Argentum


Argentum is the leading national association exclusively dedicated to supporting companies operating professionally managed, resident-centered senior living communities and the older adults and families they serve. Since 1990, Argentum has advocated for choice, independence, dignity, and quality of life for all older adults.

Argentum member companies operate senior living communities offering assisted living, independent living, continuing care, and memory care services. Along with its state partners, Argentum’s membership represents approximately 75 percent of the senior living industry—an industry with a national economic impact of nearly a quarter of a trillion dollars and responsible for providing over 1.6 million jobs. For more information, visit www.argentum.org. 


Contact:

Patrick Connole, Manager, Media and Public Affairs
ARGENTUM | Expanding Senior Living
703-599-7412 | pconnole@argentum.org

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