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INDIANAPOLIS, IN (September 10, 2021) – Zach Cattell, president of the Indiana Health Care Association and Indiana Center for Assisted Living (IHCA/INCAL) issued the following statement regarding the Biden Administration’s announcement on expanding COVID-19 vaccination requirement for all health care facilities.
“IHCA/INCAL appreciates Administration’s decision to expand COVID-19 vaccination requirements to all Medicare and Medicaid-certified health care settings as well as larger businesses. This policy will help help retain critical workforce to care for our state’s elderly and disabled populations and will help alleviate some of the staffing challenges that long-term care providers are currently facing in Indiana and across the country. Applying this policy more broadly will also help protect our nation’s most vulnerable, who often interact with a variety of health care professionals on a regular basis.
Indiana’s long-term care providers continue to make concerted efforts to educate their staff on the importance of vaccination and fully support the Administration’s efforts to get more people vaccinated.”
IHCA/INCAL is the state’s largest trade association and advocacy group representing for-profit and not-for-profit nursing homes, as well as assisted living communities and independent living. The association provides education, information, and advocacy for health care providers, consumers, and the workforce on behalf of its more than 480-member facilities.