LeadingAge PA, the voice of not-for-profit senior services in Pennsylvania, today called on the Pennsylvania General Assembly to fairly fund senior care services in the commonwealth. For several years, the commonwealth has ignored Medicaid funding requirements and given care providers flat or reduced funding in state budgets. In his budget proposal released today, Gov. Wolf flat-funded Medicaid.

"Years of flat or reduced funding are creating a crisis in care for Pennsylvania seniors and our most frail elderly," said LeadingAge PA President and CEO Adam Marles. "Pennsylvania must do better. The commonwealth continues to increase regulatory burdens on care providers, even those with tremendous records of care, but doesn't provide a fair level of funding to help meet those demands. This has compounded a staffing crisis as facilities that are forced to do more with less continue to lose qualified and dedicated professionals."

Marles said the commonwealth should fund a minimum of a 2.8-percent increase for skilled nursing services. This amount matches the increases in costs to actually provide care to our older adults, as calculated by the federal government. Additionally, the budget should continue to include funding for the Medical Assistance Day One Incentive Payment that provides additional funding for nursing facilities that take more Medicaid residents. 

"Enough is enough," Marles said. "This is a common sense request that addresses years of chronic underfunding that threatens the quality of care seniors receive from our not-for-profit members."