LeadingAge PA utilizes a variety of techniques in our advocacy and education efforts. By composing and updating our issue briefs, we can unify and distill our messaging on key topics of interest. We are able to garner grassroots support from our members and friends by using our briefs as educational background and talking points as they reach out to elected officials seeking support on our priorities or leave the briefs behind as a reference during a meeting with a senator or representative.

Pennsylvania’s current funding model for senior services forces many older adults into more expensive skilled nursing facility settings, rather than lower-cost alternatives, in order to receive government assistance. Seniors with moderate and low incomes who rely on government assistance are limited in places where they can receive needed services. LeadingAge PA believes that Pennsylvania can achieve savings of at least $80-$100 million if medical assistance services are offered in the Personal Care Homes/Assisted Living Residences setting.
Pennsylvania’s private pay seniors living in nursing facilities shoulder nearly half a billion dollars in medical assistance shortfall as they pay their own nursing facility bills, depleting their life savings. They are subsidizing the continually increasing costs for those on medical assistance.
When making legislative visits, we use this annotated one-pager to highlight our position and requests.

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