Mechanicsburg, Pa. (June 29, 2019) - LeadingAge PA President and CEO Adam Marles today issued the following statement on the 2019-20 state budget on behalf of senior services in Pennsylvania:

"While we need to do much more to help providers care for one of the largest 85-and-over populations in the nation, LeadingAge PA is pleased to see a small step forward this year when lawmakers provided $16 million to fund the nonpublic medical assistance day one incentive payment. However, this program benefits fewer than half of all nursing homes in Pennsylvania. A great deal of work remains to provide facilities with the Medicaid nursing home funding they need to give the care our seniors deserve. Some of the best facilities in Pennsylvania are struggling to remain open, while others are forced to sell to out-of-state, low quality operators due to ongoing funding shortfalls. We look forward to working with state lawmakers and the Wolf administration toward achieving this goal."

The commonwealth has averaged increasing Medicaid rates by barely 1 percent per year over the last 15 years. meanwhile, the cost of providing care has increased 33 percent. Last year, this caused losses of more than $630 million for nursing homes serving Pennsylvania's poorest older adults. LeadingAge PA aggressively advocated for a modest 2.8 percent increase in Medicaid funding for nursing homes to start addressing the problem, but none was included in the final budget.