MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (May 12, 2020) - Adam Marles, president and CEO of LeadingAge PA, the voice for nonprofit senior care in Pennsylvania, today thanked the state Senate for unanimously approving a $507 million emergency funding package to help all Pennsylvania nursing facilities battle the coronavirus pandemic. The legislation now goes to the state House for consideration.

"Pennsylvania nursing facilities have been the epicenter of our commonwealth's fight against the coronavirus, and this funding will help tremendously in that effort," said LeadingAge PA president and CEO, Adam Marles. "Nursing facilities will invest immediately on providing frontline help to our brave health care professionals and critical personal protective equipment. We want to thank all senators for their support. This is an important step toward protecting our most vulnerable and those who care for them on a daily basis. The Pennsylvania House has been strong supporters of our efforts as well, and we hope for speedy passage of this legislation."

The package includes: $449 million for long-term care, $50 million for Community HealthChoices, and $8 million for LIFE (Living Independence for the Elderly) programs.

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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 LeadingAgePA.org.