PARCR - Posts Tagged with "Advocacy"

December 2013

12/14/2013 - PARCR Admin

Coffee, Tea, and Policy Leading

AgePA Public Policy Team held a Legislative Breakfast for Cumberland/Dauphin areas on November 14, 2013 at Messiah Lifeways – Contact Amanda Cyster at <> or 717-790-3967 if your facility, in a county not yet visited, would like to host a Legislative Breakfast in the Spring of 2014.

Opportunity Knocks

It was clear as a result of the 11-14-2013 Legislative Breakfast that our Representatives and legislative staff attendees wanted to hear legislative proposals that would change the way Medicaid funds senior services. The legislature has charged LeadingAgePA to begin this examination through the language the legislature amended into House Resolution #255. That amendment asked LeadingAgePA to review how Pennsylvanians can “prepare for future long-term care costs." As part of the 36 members that make up the taskforce studying this system, LeadingAge PA will need to step-up and provide policy initiatives that work. Stay tuned for these first policy initiatives coming from LeadingAgePA this December!

Meet your LeadingAge PA Team!

After nearly ten years of staff stability, the past year has brought a number of employee departures at LeadingAge PA. We now have a great new team that is set to take LeadingAge PA to new levels as we embark on the NorthStar 2.0 journey. [more[( (link to get new team) (11-25-2013)

What is NorthStar 2.0?? LeadingAgePA’s newly published NorthStar 2.0 is an update to the original NorthStar document released in 2006, which provided the framework for LeadingAge PA’s decisions and actions. Many of the association’s members used the framework to guide their decisions and strategic planning. Discover northstar 2.0... (to download a copy)

LeadingAge PA is now accepting submissions for our 2014 Distinguished Service Awards! Our awards program honors twelve outsanding individuals and groups annually. Please take the time to nominate those among you that deserve to be recognized. Deadline February 5, 2014. Learn more/nominate... (update 12-2-2013)

Governor Corbett’s Healthy Pennsylvania initiative, State Healthcare Innovation Plan for Pennsylvania, project plans to redesign the way health care services are delivered. LeadingAge PA has pointed out that long term care consumers and providers are missing from the transformation process. (12-11-2013)

Member Advocacy Project (MAP)

LeadingAge PA has introduced a new and exciting way to enhance member involvement with advocacy initiatives! Your ‘MAP’ will include a focused briefing on a specific issue, supporting documentation and a list of the specific action steps you can consider taking to assist in LeadingAge PA Advocacy efforts!

More info to come as it applies to CCRCs. (12-13-2013)

2014 Peak Leadership Summit, March 17-19.2014 in Washington, D.C. Registration opens in January 2014. Visit



Spring Tidbits April, 2016

4/4/2016 - PARCR Admin

Anne Henry, Senior Vice President and Chief Government Affairs Officer, attended the 2016 LeadingAge PEAK Leadership Conference in Washington, DC in March.

On March 15, LeadingAge PA advocated for the following items when meeting on Capitol Hill with Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation:

  1. Quality

The basis of the current nursing facility oversight process was enacted nearly 30 years ago when the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA ’87) became law. LeadingAge PA asked Congress to enact legislation to direct the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to reexamine the effectiveness of the present nursing facility oversight process in ensuring excellence.

  1. Hospital Observation Days

Changes to Medicare policy for hospitals regarding short inpatient stays have encouraged hospitals to keep people in “observation” rather than admitting them as inpatients.

LeadingAge PA asked Congress to legislatively correct this problem so that all overnight stays in hospitals count toward the three-day stay requirement so that seniors can once again have their qualifying nursing facility stay paid for by Medicare. The Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2015 (H.R. 1571/S. 843) would create a full and enduring solution by requiring all overnight stays that Medicare beneficiaries spend in the hospital to count towards meeting the three-day prior inpatient stay.

  1. Medicare Value Based Purchasing

In 2014, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act was passed into law which provides an incentive to nursing facilities who provide the quality care needed to reduce re-hospitalization is already in place. This Value Based Payment incentive will reduce SNF reimbursement by 2% but then allow for some of the funding to be regained if they produce the required quality outcomes.

LeadingAge PA asked Congress to oppose H.R. 3298 as written.

  1. Home and Community Based Services

LeadingAge PA supports S. 192, sponsored by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), already passed by the Senate, which would reauthorize the Older Americans Act. It is currently in the House Committee on Education and Workforce.

LeadingAge PA asked for support of S 192, which would reauthorize the Older Americans Act and to ask the House to bring it to a vote. Fund the OAA program at levels sufficient to meet the needs of our growing senior population.

  1. Senior Housing under Section 202 and Section 8

Affordable housing must be preserved, funded and expanded sufficiently in order to maintain safe residences where seniors can live and age successfully in the place they call home.

Request from LeadingAge PA–Support at least the $505 million the Department of Housing and Urban Development requested for Section 202 for fiscal 2017.This amount will fully fund 12-month renewals of all project rental assistance contracts; so that we do not lose the housing we have in place. It also includes $75 million to renew all service coordinator/congregate housing services grants.

Governor Wolf raises minimum wage for state employees

On Monday, March 7, Governor Wolf signed an executive order raising the minimum wage for Pennsylvania state workers under his jurisdiction and employees working on future state contracts from $7.25 to $10.15 an hour. The governor said the effect will be limited and the order will raise the wages of about 450 out of approximately 79,000 state workers under his jurisdiction. At the press conference the governor said the executive order does not affect human service providers at this time.

Housing Aging Hearing on Assisted Living Residences

Anne Henry, LeadingAge PA’s senior vice president and chief government affairs officer, testified before the House Aging Committee on February 10, 2016 regarding barriers to the development of Assisted Living Residences (ALRs) in the commonwealth. Henry emphasized barriers such as physical plant requirements and the high licensing fees that have so far limited the development of a significant number of assisted living residences as well as barriers that limit individuals residing in ALRs to truly age in place.

LeadingAge PA Updates on Budget, Community HealthChoices and Advocacy

On March 9, 2016 Anne Henry, Senior Vice President and Chief Government Affairs Officer and Ana Puig, Director of Legislative Affairs presented a Regional Member Interchange at Granite Farms Estate on Budget Status FY 2015-2016 & 2016-2017, Community HealthChoices Update and Advocacy and You! It is being planned to have this Power Point presentation put on the PARCR website.

LeadingAge PA Thanks Governor Wolf on his 2016-2017 Budget for Long Term Care

On February 18, 2016 Ron Barth, President /CEO of LeadingAge PA sent a letter to Governor Wolf, thanking him on behalf of the members of LeadingAge PA for the support that the state fiscal year 2016-2017 Executive Budget shows for older Pennsylvanians

Governor Allows Balance of 2015-2016 Budget to Become Law without his Signature

On Wednesday, March 23, Governor Wolf held a press conference to announce that he will let the remainder of the Pennsylvania budget sent to him by the General Assembly become law without his signature. He will, however, veto the fiscal code that includes some funding wishes of the General Assembly. The final 2015-2016 budget did not include the expansion of sales tax on long-term services and supports as proposed by the governor. All eyes are on how negotiations will progress on the 2016- 2017 budget.


May 2019

6/9/2019 - PARCR Admin

LeadingAge Pa has asked for help from PARCR members with the following plea:

Tell the General Assembly About Medical Assistance Funding Shortfalls!

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.


Bill to Include Assisted Living in Community HealthChoices Introduced

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.