Gail Stelger, Legislative Chair

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Jun 28, 2021

A report of the PA Legislature Budget Bills being sent to Governor Wolf.

PA House and Senate Sending Budget Bills to Wolf

Legislature recognizes needs of long-term care providers with
$282 million in budget

On June 26, Leading Age PA provided PARCR with the headlines above and provided the specific information of the appropriation and allocation of the funds.

The Pennsylvania House and Senate came to consensus and passed a number of funding bills that must be used to cover COVID-related expenses incurred between March 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021. Thanks to the advocacy of members of LeadingAge PA and the diligent efforts of LeadingAge PA, a funding package (SB255 appropriating and HB1348 allocating the same funding) was passed in both the Pennsylvania House and Senate.

Allocations relating to the long-term care include:

• $247 million directly to nursing homes using a formula that will allocate funding based on licensed beds and a separate formula based on Medical Assistance utilization in 2019.

• $30 million directly to personal care homes and assisted living residences, with the majority being allocated based on occupancy levels prior to the pandemic. A small portion will be based on the number of residents receiving SSI.

• $5 million for the development of a grant program to assist long-term care facilities with expenses relating to heating ventilation and air conditioning upgrades to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The $282 million will be sent directly to providers to assist with offsetting COVID-19 related extraordinary expenses and distributed through the Department of Human Services (DHS).

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