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(ALEXANDRIA, Va.) – Argentum called the $1.7 trillion omnibus spending package that Congress has agreed to fund the government through the 2023 fiscal year a significant victory for senior living communities, with major workforce development dollars targeted for senior care, set to have an immediate and long-lasting positive impact after a lengthy and now successful push by the association and its members.

The legislation, which still must be ushered through Congress and signed by President Biden, includes several provisions that Argentum has advocated for in recent months. These provisions include language to support the senior care workforce and other job training programs, disaster relief funding to help operators recover from Hurricane Ian, increases in Alzheimer’s research funding, improvements in accruing retirement savings, among other provisions.

“These are big wins for the senior living industry. This significant investment in workforce with a focus on senior care within the Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Labor will have profound impact on our industry within the next year and decades to come,” said Maggie Elehwany, senior vice president of public affairs for Argentum.

“We are extremely grateful for the efforts of lead negotiator Senator Marco Rubio and members of Florida’s congressional delegation in securing much needed disaster relief funding for senior living providers, businesses and communities that were severely impacted by Hurricanes Ian and Fiona,” said Paul Williams, vice president of government relations for Argentum.

“Argentum also commends the efforts of The Florida Senior Living Association, Argentum’s state partner for their extraordinary efforts ensuring close coordination with Florida officials to meet the needs of seniors both during and in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian,” he added.

Argentum will be hosting a briefing tomorrow, Wednesday, December 21 at 2:00 pm ET to review this package and the status of senior living legislative priorities. Register here.

Congress has a limited window to consider the package, which must be passed and signed into law by President Biden by midnight Friday to avert a government shutdown. While it is possible the text may change slightly, Argentum does not expect any major changes from the text released today. For a full summary of the legislation, click here. A summary of the appropriations provisions is available here; a summary of the disaster supplemental is available here and a one-page fact sheet is available here.

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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. For more information about joining Argentum, please visit argentum.org/membership. Learn more at argentum.org.

Media Contact:

Patrick Connole, Content Director & Editor
ARGENTUM | Expanding Senior Living
703-599-7412 | pconnole@argentum.org

 

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