PHCA Commends General Assembly for Directing Critical Emergency Funding to Long-Term Care Providers, Workers and the Residents They Serve
Nearly $300 million in emergency funding for nursing homes, personal care homes and assisted living communities now heads to Governor’s desk
HARRISBURG, PA – Zach Shamberg, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Health Care Association (PHCA), released the following statement after the Pennsylvania General Assembly approved nearly $300 million in critical funding to help long-term care providers, including nursing homes, assisted living communities and personal care homes, during the COVID-19 pandemic:
“On behalf of Pennsylvania’s long-term care providers, their front line caregivers and the residents they serve, we cannot say ‘thank you’ enough to the members of the General Assembly for prioritizing our state’s nursing homes, personal care homes and assisted living communities in the fight against COVID-19.
“Over the past several months, the healthcare heroes in our long-term care facilities have gone to extraordinary lengths to contain and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. They’ve worked day and night to protect Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable population: senior citizens.
“Long-term care has become the epicenter of this epidemic in Pennsylvania, and facilities across the state have fought to obtain testing, personal protective equipment and staffing resources, often without the means to cover rising costs and expenses.
“Today’s united, bipartisan effort by the General Assembly to allocate nearly $300 million in critical emergency funding sends a clear message of support to those on the front lines. This is an important step in ensuring our most vulnerable residents, and those who care for them, receive the aid they so desperately need.
“Since the COVID-19 epidemic began, long-term care providers have pleaded for help from state officials. Today, that help is one step closer to becoming reality.
“House Bill 2510 now heads to Governor Tom Wolf’s desk, where it awaits his signature. On behalf of all long-term care providers, workers and their residents, we ask that Governor Wolf sign this bill into law as soon as possible. Pennsylvania’s healthcare heroes and their residents need this support today.”