LeadingAge PA Issues Statement on Gov. Shapiro's 2023-24 budget proposal

March 7, 2023

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (March 7, 2023) – LeadingAge PA President and CEO Garry Pezzano today issued the following statement on Gov. Josh Shapiro’s 2023-24 budget proposal: 

“Governor Shapiro’s proposed 2023-24 budget shows a promising recognition of the workforce crisis by prioritizing nurses and career and technical education, along with the need to provide stronger financial stability for Pennsylvania’s seniors. However, it fails to fund an essential element of the healthcare ecosystem and support system that many older adults rely on: long-term care.

“This failure to recognize the ongoing, crippling financial pressures that long-term care providers are under and follow through on increasing Medicaid funding to help nursing homes hire more workers and keep up with inflation is disappointing. At the same time, LeadingAge PA remains focused on the path ahead for aging services and fighting for solutions for our shared goals – ensuring access to high-quality care for older adults and bolstering the frontline caregiving workforce. We stand ready to advocate and collaborate with Governor Shapiro, the General Assembly, and other stakeholders to accomplish these critical goals.”


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About LeadingAge PA

LeadingAge PA is a trade association representing 370+ high-quality, mission-driven aging services providers 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, home and community-based services, 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, visit www.LeadingAgePA.org.


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La Torre Communications for LeadingAge PA

David La Torre