On Tuesday June 10, 2014 we were notified by Leading Age PA that in order to meet procedural deadlines, the House introduced HB 2328, the long-awaited budget bill for fiscal year (FY) 2014-15. The bill is a copy of the budget that was approved for FY 2013-14 and it will serve as a starting point for many amendments and negotiations to come. LeadingAge PA advocated with both the legislature and the Governor's Office for increases from last year's reimbursement rates. The biggest concern with the current fiscal shortfall is the reduction in the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) that may result in a loss of over $300 million for the Medical Assistance (MA) program.
It is important that the legislatures know and understand that the current MA funding at last year's appropriation amount is far from what is needed to maintain the level of care expected by our residents. What would be worse is if last year's funding levels were reduced this year because the state did not appropriate funding to offset the loss of FMAP funding. LeadingAge PA is currently working on launching a letter writing campaign for members to communicate this important issue to your legislators.
Please take time to speak with your Community’s Executive Director/CEO for more detailed information. We, PARCR, will keep you informed as we receive additional information.
As Community Representatives, we may be calling upon you to contact your legislators to inform them of how our Communities will be impacted and ask the legislators' assistance in addressing the needs of our residents.
Thank you, George