Providers called on Vice President Mike Pence to investigate multiple “failures” regarding personal protective equipment distributions.
“I am asking you to personally investigate mounting evidence that FEMA shipments of PPE are deeply delayed, frequently stocked with useless and expired supplies, and delivered in quantities radically insufficient to help protect older Americans from the deadly coronavirus,” wrote LeadingAge President and CEO Katie Smith Sloan in a letter to the vice president, who heads the White House’s coronavirus task force.
Following this request, four Democratic lawmakers questioned the quality and amount of PPE delivered to nursing homes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
“We look forward to continued conversations with and briefings from FEMA and the Supply Chain Stabilization Taskforce as we work to protect our nation’s most vulnerable by ensuring that staff and residents at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities have adequate access to PPE,” Sens. Elizabeth Warren (MA), Chuck Schumer (NY), Bob Casey (PA) and Maggie Hassan (NH) said in a letter to the agency.