2019-20 State Budget
On Tuesday, February 5, 2019, Governor Tom Wolf released the proposed fiscal year 2019-20 state budget.
The budget called for NO funding increase for skilled nursing facilities.
PHCA issued a press release noting that “For the fifth straight year, the Governor proposed flat funding for long-term nursing facility care. Make no mistake about it: flat funding is a cut to our sector. It is abundantly clear that Pennsylvania’s oldest and most frail seniors and disabled citizens are not his priority. This lack of investment in seniors living in nursing facilities and their caregivers is fiscally unsustainable for this critical component of the long-term care continuum.“
Proposed budget items of note included:
- Medicaid Long-Term Care Funding: The Governor’s proposed budget again flat-funded Medicaid funding for nursing facilities. In addition, the Medicaid Access Add-On program, which directs funds to high Medicaid facilities, was again removed from the Governor’s proposed budget, forcing the legislature’s hand to add the dollars back.
- New AL/PC Surveyors: The budget proposed additional funding for seven new staff to conduct increased inspections of AL and PC facilities.
- Minimum Wage Increase: The Governor proposed a $12 minimum wage that would begin on July 1, 2019. The rate would then be increased annually by 50 cents until it hits $15, after which the rate would be adjusted based on the annual consumer price index.
- Workforce Training Programs: The Governor also unveiled a plan to boost training programs for workers and to help connect workers to available jobs.
Visit the Pa Budget Office website to learn more about the proposed budget.
Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Zach Shamberg, Director of Advocacy and Legislative Affairs, at (717) 221-7934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.