Issue Briefs

Learn About the Issues PHCA is Working on at the State Capitol

capitol-domeIf you’d like to learn more about the issues PHCA is working on at the state capitol, you’ve come to the right place. Click the documents below for the latest on the issues impacting nursing homes, assisted living residences and personal care homes, including the state budget and lawsuit abuse reform.

Calling a legislative office? Visiting your local elected official? Make sure to have Issue Briefs handy.

Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Zach Shamberg, Director of Advocacy and Legislative Affairs, at (717) 221-7934 or zshamberg@phca.org.

Issue Briefs

2017-18 State Budget

This brief makes the case for seniors to be a priority in the 2017-18 state budget: Medicaid funded nursing facilities need a 2.7% increase in the FY 2017-2018 budget and the legislature must provide $16 million to fully fund the Medicaid Access Program to preserve access to care.

February 2017
Community HealthChoices

As part of Governor Tom Wolf’s proposed 2015-16 budget, the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Department of Aging were directed to begin developing a plan to implement a Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) program for older Pennsylvanians and adults with physical disabilities, which would eventually be called ‘Community HealthChoices’ (CHC).

January 2017
Lawsuit Abuse Reform

Skilled nursing facilities, personal care homes and assisted living facilities are under attack from predatory, out-of-state lawyers. Lawsuit abuse reform must be enacted in the 2017-18 legislative session to combat these attorneys and keep Medicaid dollars where they belong: at resident bedside in Pennsylvania.

May 2017
Long-Term Care Continuum

Pennsylvania offers a continuum of long-term care services including skilled nursing facilities; assisted living residences and personal care homes; home health care and homecare; hospice and LIFE programs.

January 2017
Pennsylvania’s Long-Term Care Medicaid Funding: MYTH VS. FACT

MYTH: Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) is less costly to the Pennsylvania Medicaid program than Nursing Home Care. FACT: When a Medicaid-eligible Pennsylvanian needs round-the-clock skilled nursing and rehabilitation services (which are provided to them in a nursing home), that level of care is the most efficient use of Pennsylvania’s tax dollars—and the safest and most appropriate level of care for that individual.

February 2017
PHCA Webinar Handouts: The Adequacy of your Advocacy: How to Make Your Case to Legislators

This webinar will walk you through the advocacy process, the issues facing Pennsylvania’s industry, how they will impact you on the facility level and how you can play a role in our lobbying and grassroots efforts. Presented by PHCA’s Director of Advocacy and Legislative Affairs, Zach Shamberg.

March 2017
Quality Care

Each and every day, Pennsylvania’s 700-plus nursing facilities provide high-quality, compassionate care to more than 81,000 frail elderly and disabled residents who need around-the-clock support for clinically complex medical conditions. In fact, Pennsylvania’s centers rank among the best in the country.

January 2017
Partner spotlight

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