May 2, 2022
By Jessica Mathews / firstname.lastname@example.org
A plan sponsored by a local lawmaker to help address staffing shortages in the health care sector will soon be on its way to the governor’s desk for eventual signing.
State Representative Ann Bollin’s measure is said to make it easier for those who have pledged to serve as direct caregivers in nursing facilities during the pandemic to become certified practical nurses.
He received unanimous support in the Senate and overwhelming bipartisan support in the House.
The Brighton Township Republican said in a statement that during the pandemic, temporary care workers have stepped up to serve the public and racked up many hours of invaluable on-the-job training. She said the vital work they have done on the frontlines of the pandemic should count towards their nursing assistant certifications and help to continue to advance their careers.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services waived requirements that health care aides must be certified to work in a nursing facility for longer than four months.
Michigan used the waiver to bring more than 2,000 workers into long-term care facilities to address critical labor shortages. Temporary aides worked primarily as caregivers providing necessary care and services usually provided by certified nursing aides (CNAs).
Bollin’s measure, House Bill 5089, ensures that hours worked as a temporary helper during the pandemic will count toward the 75-hour training requirement to become a CNA. It also includes an online training option and an online skills assessment.
WellBridge Group CEO Michael Perry, which operates skilled nursing facilities in Livingston County, said the reform was needed. He said their company and others have seized the opportunity to bring these enthusiastic and dedicated caregivers to their facilities.
A press release is attached.