Issue Briefs

Issues: 2018 LeadingAge PA Legislative Priorities

An annotated one pager we use when making legislative visits to quickly highlight our position and requests.

Issue Brief: Nursing Facility MA funding should be increased by at least 2.6%

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. 

Data: PA Seniors Deserve Better Funding Graph

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.

Issue Breif: 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.