PARCR - Posts Published in May 2020

Election Reform Act 77

5/6/2020 - PARCR Admin

Act 77

On October 31, 2019, Governor Wolf signed Act 77 of 2019 into law. Act 77 allows more convenient and secure voting. Most voters can now vote by mail-in ballot, and voters will have more time to register to vote and to return their absentee or mail-in ballots. On March 27, Governor Wolf signed Senate Bill 422, which reschedules Pennsylvania’s primary election from April 28 to June 2 due to the COVID-19 emergency. Voters have the option to vote by mail-in ballot rather than going to their polling place on election day. Mail-in ballot applications will be accepted through Tuesday, May 26, 2020. If a voter has already applied for an absentee or mail-in ballot, they do NOT need to reapply.

Here are some tips on how to apply:

You can go to and scroll down to and click on: Election Reform Act 77. Then scroll down to and click on: apply for absentee or mail in ballot. You can fill out an application to apply for a ballot or download an application to mail in.

Another option is to go to In the list on the left, scroll down to and click on: Mail in Ballot Application. I have attached an application which can be downloaded and printed. Both websites provided more information about the new process and the change in the date of the election.


July 8 Quarterly Meeting Cancelled

5/6/2020 - PARCR Admin

The PARCR Executive Committee has decided to cancel the July 8 Quarterly Meeting due to the concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Gov. Wolf has extended stay at home until May 8. This is a target date and could change. It was also said any change will be a slow process and take time. It was also mentioned that gatherings should be limited. We would rather be safe than sorry as it was felt we needed to take precautions as seniors are more susceptible to infections from this disease.

We look forward to seeing all of you at future meetings.

Ida Jeanne Smith, PARCR President


Leading Age Member Alert

5/17/2020 - PARCR Admin

PA Senate passed SB 1122 for $507 million support for long-term care. Since the bill now goes to the house for consideration, PARCR needs your help to contact your state house member to advocate for this critical funding.

Please follow this link to read a statement from Adam Marles, President and CEO of LeadingAge PA with specific information about this bill.

See below for LeadingAge PA's response to the Senate Bill.

Thank you for your assistance in this very critical matter.

PA Senate passes bill for $507 million support for long-term care

Late this afternoon (May 12, 2020), the Pennsylvania Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 1122, providing $507 million dollars in emergency funding support for COVID-19 response to long-term care providers across the Commonwealth. LeadingAge PA has advocated strongly for significant funding for weeks, and we are excited to announce this outcome. The package includes:

  • $449 million for long-term care
  • $50 million for Community HealthChoices
  • $8 million for LIFE programs

This is a great victory, but we still need your advocacy!

The legislation now goes to the state House for consideration, so please reach out to your state representatives to advocate for this critical funding. Let them know all nursing facilities need this support. There are proposals circulating that would allocate funds based on Medical Assistance utilization by days—this would result in our membership receiving tens of millions of dollars less than if funding is allocated equally by licensed beds across the state.

The LeadingAge PA team is also working to make sure that personal care homes and assisted living residences receive a portion of the funding, so please reiterate that point with your representatives.

Finally, though funding is our immediate reason for reaching out, immunity from civil liability remains a priority and focus. Expect to see more from LeadingAge PA on that issue in the next couple of days.

Please reach out with any questions and continue to let us know how we can support you.

As always, thank you for all that you do for our older adults and those who care for them.