Issue Briefs

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.