LeadingAge Pa has asked for help from PARCR members with the following plea:
LeadingAge PA needs our help! We must engage with elected officials in the general assembly NOW about the shortfalls in medical assistance for our nursing facilities. We must tell them how the cost of providing care under the medical assistance program is significantly more than our communities get reimbursed.
Use the resources provided by LeadingAge PA, which are attached. Every time we call, write, or invite our elected official to our nursing facility, we all get a step closer in making an important impact!
LeadingAge PA has provided the following information regarding efforts to include assisted living in medicaid funding which will be managed by the Community HealthChoices program.
Early in the week of May 13, 2019, HB 1442 was introduced by Steve Mentzer (R-Lancaster). This bill is a result of the advocacy efforts of LeadingAge PA on one of their major initiatives. The bill would require the Department of Human Services (DHS) to include assisted living services in the Community HealthChoices program. The bill would also require DHS to review waivers of assisted regulations such as room size and bathroom capacity. These are some of the issues most often given by personal care homes that might otherwise want to convert to assisted living.
LeadingAge PA will keep us informed as our advocacy becomes necessary.