Legislative Tidbits March 2015

3/31/2015 - Laura Paist

SB 4 passed the full Senate on February 17, 2015 with a vote of 30 yays and 19 nays. SB 4, sponsored by Senator Aument (R-Lancaster), is a joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of PA, providing for criteria for institutions of purely public charity. The bill has now been received in the House of Representatives and has been referred to the House Finance Committee. A date has not been set for the committee to consider SB 4. LeadingAge PA will continue to strongly advocate for passage of SB 4 and may be calling upon members for assistance with grassroots at some point in the future.

Active Shooter Scenario Training

  • April 6, 9:00AM-noon, Garden Spot Village, New Holland, PA (EAST)
  • April 7, 9:00AM-noon, Masonic Village, Sewickley, PA (WEST)

LeadingAge PA invites long-term care employees to participate in a live education program presented by Sorenson, Wilder & Associates that will provide background, details and training in realistic scenarios to provide long-term care employees with the knowledge needed to protect themselves and their residents during an active shooter event.

LeadingAge PA visited PA delegation during PEAK 2015

The week of March 16, 2015, members and staff from LeadingAge PA visited Congress in Washington D.C. as part of the LeadingAge's (national) PEAK Summit to raise awareness of long term care and senior service topics. Participants advocated for crucial issues such as “fixing” observation days, therapy caps, Medicare sequestration cuts, the Five Star “Quality” Rating System, and funding for low income housing.

Budget hearings are well under way in the state Capitol

Legislative budget hearings on Governor Tom Wolf’s budget proposal are well under way. These hearings allow each state agency to provide detail and answer questions posed by members of the legislative appropriations committees about their portion of the governor’s proposed budget. More…

Older Adults Protective Services Act

Rep. Tim Hennessey reintroduces legislation to amend the Older Adults Protective Services Act. Representative Tim Hennessey (R-Chester), chairman of House Aging and Older Adult Services, re-introduced legislation to update and make necessary improvements to the Older Adults Protective Services Act (Act 79 of 1987). More…

Legislator visits to LeadingAge PA member facilities

The LeadingAge PA Government Affairs team is available to assist members with visits from legislators in several different ways. If you are planning to host a legislator at your facility and would like some help from our team, we are happy to provide you with the legislator’s biography and important talking points. We are also available to attend the visits. If you host meetings with your legislators, we would like to know so that we track these in our database. Your personal relationships with legislators go a long way when the time comes for advocacy issues that are important to LeadingAge PA. Please contact Ana Puig, Director of Legislator Affairs, at <ana@leadingagepa.org> or (717)790-3948.

REMINDER: LeadingAge PA Legislative Breakfasts happening April-May!

Join LeadingAge PA’s Government Affairs team for one of our upcoming Legislative Breakfasts at a location near you. Come meet your elected officials to discuss the importance of the services your facility provides and how it benefits the seniors in your community. This is an excellent opportunity for members to connect with their representatives in an informal, social setting in order to build and foster these important relationships. See dates and locations/learn more…

Save the Dates!

LeadingAge PA's Annual Conference & Exposition June 17-19 in Hershey PA