MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (May 22, 2020) - Adam Marles, president and CEO of LeadingAge PA, the voice for nonprofit senior care in Pennsylvania, today issued the following statement on the decision by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide $237.9 million to nursing home facilities in Pennsylvania impacted by COVID-19.

"While we're grateful for the funding received from HHS, our members have seen extraordinary costs for personal protective equipment (PPE), staffing, testing, cleaning and disinfecting, and loss of revenues - so it will only help address a portion of the growing financial strains on our membership as the pandemic continues. LeadingAge PA member Presbyterian Senior Living reported that in the month of April alone, the organization spent an additional $500,000 on PPE over and above what they typically have spent each of the past two years. With this context, we continue to urge the Pennsylvania General Assembly to enact CARES ACT funding that can immediately be sent to long-term care facilities and help further defray these costs."

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About LeadingAge PA:
LeadingAge PA is a trade association representing more than 360 nonprofit senior housing, health care, and community services across the commonwealth. These providers serve more than 75,000 older Pennsylvanians and employ over 50,000 dedicated caregivers on a daily basis. Services our members offer include Life Plan Communities / Continuing Care Retirement Communities, skilled nursing communities, assisted living residences, personal care homes, and affordable senior housing. LeadingAge PA advocates on behalf of our members at the state and local levels to influence positive change and affect a healthy vision for the delivery of quality, affordable, and ethical care for Pennsylvania's seniors. For more information about LeadingAge PA and our envisioned future of senior services, visit www.leadingagepa.org.

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