Issue Briefs

ISSUE BRIEF: Nursing Facility MA funding should be increased by at least 2.7%

The state’s funding for nursing facilities is not keeping up with health care inflation. That means senior care providers are falling further and further behind. Right now, the losses equal more than $25 per day for every resident – and the costs are escalating. This has led to increased costs for private-pay residents, who are seeing their life savings depleted. 

ISSUE BRIEF: Assisted Living Services Should be included under the Medical Assistance Program

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 would be offered in the PCH/ALR setting.