Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator (CMS) Seema Verma corrected Governor Cuomo’s false claim that he was following CDC and Administration guidance by sending COVID-19 positive patients back into nursing homes.
“Under no circumstances should a hospital discharge a patient to a nursing home that’s not prepared to take care of those patients’ needs,” Verma said on Fox News Radio. “The federal guidelines are absolutely clear about this.” She also emphasized that federal guidelines state that nursing home resident with COVID-19 cannot return to that facility, the government will subsidize that patient's continued stay in the hospital.
“Governor Cuomo’s failed nursing home policy caused massive loss of life in our state, and his attempt to deflect blame onto the Administration and the CDC is both irresponsible and false,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “The media has a responsibility to hold the Governor to account and report the facts that have been stated by the experts like CMS Administrator Verma, instead of blindly taking what he says to be true. I will continue fighting for justice for the hundreds of families who tragically lost their parents and grandparents in nursing homes – they deserve answers now.”