COVID-19 Issue Media Inquiries

Stephen B Hanse in From the President

NYSHFA/NYSCAL and many of our Members have been receiving inquiries from the media to release data related to COVID-19 in skilled nursing and assisted Living facilities across the state.  Stephen Hanse, our President & CEO, is addressing our issues in print, television and radio media outlets throughout the State. Additionally, Stephen is working with AHCA to ensure consistent messaging to protect and advance our interests and concerns.

Among other things, NYSHFA/NYSCAL is reinforcing the fact that COVID-19 is a pandemic affecting the most vulnerable population which are the elderly residents we serve; discussing that the DOH has directed providers to admit hospital patients into the SNF who have a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19; highlighting the significant staffing shortages providers are facing; identifying that skilled nursing and assisted living providers have not been provided with sufficient levels of personal protective equipment and supplies; emphasizing the unprecedented financial constraints providers are facing; and stressing the need for priority level COVID-19 testing for skilled nursing and assisted living residents and staff.

Please feel free to contact Stephen if you have any questions or need assistance working with the media. Additionally, please feel free to provide Stephen’s direct contact information to the media.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

Stephen B. Hanse, Esq.
President & CEO
518-462-4800 x11