WASHINGTON, D.C. (KAKE) - U.S. Senator Jerry Moran has has joined several colleagues in introducing a resolution of disapproval to overturn federal staffing mandates on long-term care facilities.

Those who have signed the resolution believe the final rules from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) could force many rural nursing homes to shut their doors due to an inability to meet the staffing mandates.

“The Biden administration’s burdensome staffing requirement would put numerous rural health facilities out of business, depriving many Kansans of access to any health care,” said Sen. Moran. “The administration should be working with Congress to expand access to health care in rural communities rather than adding more regulations that will make it impossible for rural nursing homes to keep operating. Overturning this mandate will support rural nursing homes and make certain they provide quality care and housing to the patients living in them.”

Moran and 27 of his Senate colleagues sent a letter to CMS last year when the rule was first proposed, urging the administration to rescind the rule. The Senators wrote, “We understand the importance of ensuring beneficiaries of federal health care programs have access to safe and high-quality nursing care. In fact, we share your intended goal of improving the quality of care for seniors. However, a one-size-fits-all staffing mandate significantly undermines access to care for patients, particularly in rural communities. Instead, CMS should work with Congress and stakeholders on policy alternatives that address the severe workforce challenges in our states’ underserved areas.”

Fellow U.S. Senator Roger Marshall is one of many Senators that have signed the resolution.

In May, Moran introduced the Rural Emergency Hospital Improvement Act which would increase opportunities for Critical Access Hospitals and rural hospitals to convert to a rural emergency hospital and make technical improvements to the designation.