PARCR - Posts Published in November 2018

Legislative Update on HB 2291

11/4/2018 - PARCR Admin

We gave it a valiant try but could not move HB2291 for a final vote. We do not have to give up. We will continue to follow progress through LeadingAge PA and lend our voices to advocacy again when appropriate. Below is a positive endorsement of our efforts from LeadingAge PA.

HB 2291: Thank You for Your Advocacy- it Rallied Remarkable Progress this Session!

HB 2291, the Independent Senior Living Facilities Privacy Act, jointly prime sponsored by Representatives George Dunbar (R - Westmoreland) and Pam DeLissio (D-Montgomery, Philadelphia) was voted unanimously from the House in October, only six short months after it was introduced. Having a bill move so quickly and in a bipartisan manner is almost unheard of and much credit is due to the grassroots pressure of LeadingAge PA members and residents especially in the face of growing opposition of other associations representing personal care homes and assisted living residences.

Unfortunately, after House passage there just weren’t enough session days left to get a vote in the Senate and send the bill to the Governor’s desk. LeadingAge PA will continue to aggressively pursue resolution of the issue that made the Independent Senior Living Facilities Privacy Act necessary. Please watch for updates on this topic in future issues of Government Affairs News.

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Election Update

11/19/2018 - PARCR Admin

With November 6th behind us, the election results in Pennsylvania are fairly straight forward (affording us all a much deserved reprieve from ads on TV). Governor Wolf handily won a second term. Republicans retained control of both the PA House and the PA Senate, though the Republican Majority in the House was whittled by 10 seats. Democrats saw victory in key races in the Southeast including the ousting of Warren Kampf (R-157 from Chester and Montgomery Counties) by Melissa Shusterman. Warren was a tremendous friend of long term care and senior services. Many other supporters of the long-term care community were able to hold on in their races.

Confusion abounded in the United States House races from the redrawing of the electoral map. Results came in with an evenly split Pennsylvania Delegation in the US House with many incumbents retaining a seat, but possibly not in the same district they previously held the seat. The US House flipped from Republican control, to the Democrats; many results across the country remain uncalled, therefore leaving the scope of the new Democrat majority to be determined. Senator Bob Casey retained his seat.

LeadingAge PA will provide more information on the election results and will continue to offer resources about who represents you beginning in 2019. If you have questions, contact Georgia Goodman (ggoodman@leadingagepa.org).

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