PARCR - Posts Tagged with "Election"

LeadingAge hosting a Presidential Candidate forum

1/13/2016 - PARCR Admin

Seniors Decide 2016: What Do Presidential Candidates Say on Issues that Matter to Seniors?

by Marsha R. Greenfield, Published On: Jan 13, 2016

On February 17, LeadingAge and the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations are sponsoring Seniors Decide 2016, the only forum where all of the presidential candidates have been invited to talk about issues that are important to older adults.

The forum will be held in Arlington, VA, and streamed live throughout the country. This is a critical time in the election calendar – just before Super Tuesday, March 1, when 15 states hold their primaries.

This is your opportunity -- to urge the candidates to attend, to submit questions for the candidates, to host a watch party at your community for your residents, their families, and your staff. Help us show the campaigns the importance of addressing issues of importance to our field and the people we serve.

Go to Seniors Decide 2016 to:

  • Record a short video posing a question to the candidates that will be posted to the website.
  • Send questions to candidates.
  • Organize a watch party to participate from anywhere in the country – see the “We’ll Be Watching” page on the website and fill out the webform so we can track turnout.

As nonprofit organizations, Leadingage and its members do not campaign on behalf of candidates or make political contributions. However, we want candidates from both parties to focus on issues that matter to seniors. We want the candidates to discuss the policies they will pursue addressing these issues if they are elected.

For more information, contact Marsha Greenfield, VP of legislative affairs.

More information can be obtained at the following Link: http://www.seniorsdecide.org/

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Tidbits for the New Year 2017

2/1/2017 - PARCR Admin

The Department of Heath Services and Aging Announced the delay in Community Health Choices implementation. The implementation will now begin January 1, 2018 in the Southwest region; July 1, 2018 in the Southeast region; and January 1, 2019 in the remainder of the state (as previously planned).

The 2017-2018 session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly officially started on, January 3, 2017, when members of both the House and Senate were sworn into office. While there are 28 new freshman, 6 in the Senate and 22 in the House, there are little changes in the leadership. The only new leader is Stan Saylor (R-York) who was elected chair of the House Appropriations Committee following the retirement of Bill Adolph (R-Delaware). The other change of committee chair that is relevant to LeadingAge PA is the Senate Health and Human Services Committee which will now be led by Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne) following the retirement of Pat Vance (R-Cumberland). The LeadingAge PA Government Affairs team is scheduling legislative breakfast across the state for spring. More details will be shared as plans are finalized.

At the January 11, 2017 Quarterly PARCR Meeting, Scott and Steve Dardick from AIA Benefits Resource Group gave a presentation titled Understanding Medicare and Jennifer Holcomb, Director of Memory Support at Cross Keys Village - The Brethren Home Community presented on Memory Support Today and Tomorrow. The power point presentations can be seen on the PARCR website.

The General Assembly came back in session Monday, January 23 through Wednesday, January 25, 2017. According to LeadingAge PA 's report, as an open solvo to the budget, House Republicans led by Stan Saylor (R, York), Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, introduced HB 218. LeadingAge PA is currently reviewing the bill to determine Medicaid funding for long-term care and will provide additional information at a later date.

As a reminder, the Governor will unveil his budget proposal on Tuesday, February 7. There is no information on this time regarding what the Governor will include in his proposal for long-term care and senior service providers The LeadingAge Government Affairs team will closely monitor the budget process and provide you with information as it becomes available.

On January 27, 2017, LeadingAge PA participated on a conference call with Governor Wolf’s office regarding his intention to form a brand new state agency which will bring together the Departments of Health, Human Services, Aging and Drug & Alcohol Programs into the Department of Health & Human Services. This change is being made in order to better serve Pennsylvanians as well as to provide efficiency in state government. All affected state agency staff were also informed of this change the same day. A public announcement will be made early next week and further details will be shared in the Governor’s Budget address on February 7, 2017. LeadingAge PA will inform you as further detail becomes available.

Save the Dates! LeadingAge PA's 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition happens June 21-23 in Hershey. This year's theme? CONNECT.

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Tidbits for March 2018 Wrap Up

4/3/2018 - PARCR Admin

Important dates for primary election day May 15

The primary election will be held May 15, 2018. If you will be absent and want to vote in the primary, you can apply for a civilian absentee ballot between March 26 and May 8. The last day to register to vote is April 16.

PA Medicare beneficiaries among first to receive new Medicare cards in April

CMS will begin mailing new Medicare cards to beneficiaries in PA. Providers can use either MBI or HICN through the transition period (4-1-18 to 12-31-19). Click here for an overview and here for the mailing strategy and phase-in schedule.

PA-18 Special Election won by Conor Lamb

Democrat Conor Lamb, an attorney who was a U.S. Prosecutor was elected to fill the 18th Congressional seat of Tim Murphy who resigned from office. Rick Saccone was the Republican on the ballot. The election was too close to immediately call and was decided by only a few hundred votes.

Priority Report

On March 12, 2018 at the PARCR Executive Meeting, Anne Henry, LeadingAge PA Senior VP & Chief Government Affairs Officer, reported on the four priorities set by LeadingAge PA for the upcoming months.

  1. Advocate for an increase in Medicaid reimbursement to Skilled Nursing Facilities.
  2. Advocate for decreased monetary fines to Skilled Nursing Facilities by the Department of Health.
  3. Advocate for Medicaid reimbursement for Assisted Living Facilities.
  4. Don’t allow the Department of Human Services to violate the privacy of residents of independent living in CCRC’s/Life Plan Communities by demanding that they move to a higher level of care if they have “care needs”.

Details will be presented at the April 11, 2018 Quarterly Meeting at Brethren Village, Lititz, PA.

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Election Update

11/19/2018 - PARCR Admin

With November 6th behind us, the election results in Pennsylvania are fairly straight forward (affording us all a much deserved reprieve from ads on TV). Governor Wolf handily won a second term. Republicans retained control of both the PA House and the PA Senate, though the Republican Majority in the House was whittled by 10 seats. Democrats saw victory in key races in the Southeast including the ousting of Warren Kampf (R-157 from Chester and Montgomery Counties) by Melissa Shusterman. Warren was a tremendous friend of long term care and senior services. Many other supporters of the long-term care community were able to hold on in their races.

Confusion abounded in the United States House races from the redrawing of the electoral map. Results came in with an evenly split Pennsylvania Delegation in the US House with many incumbents retaining a seat, but possibly not in the same district they previously held the seat. The US House flipped from Republican control, to the Democrats; many results across the country remain uncalled, therefore leaving the scope of the new Democrat majority to be determined. Senator Bob Casey retained his seat.

LeadingAge PA will provide more information on the election results and will continue to offer resources about who represents you beginning in 2019. If you have questions, contact Georgia Goodman (ggoodman@leadingagepa.org).

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Hot Summer Tidbits

8/3/2020 - PARCR Admin

Here are some of the ways that LeadingAge PA has been assisting our member communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

LeadingAge PA and ECRI offer biweekly updates on coronavirus, available resources, and related state agency coordination. On April 24, 2020, LeadingAge PA, the leading association of nonprofit senior services providers in Pennsylvania, and ECRI, an independent nonprofit organization improving the safety, quality, and cost-effectiveness of care in all health care settings, announced a new alignment aimed at protecting Pennsylvania's older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these educational sessions on the LeadingAge PA website are offered at no charge to members.

LeadingAge PA is providing information to members on the availability of $50 million in grant funding to help employers provide hazard pay to employees in life-sustaining occupations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants will offer $1,200 per full-time employee earning less than $20 per hour and employed for the 10-week period from Aug. 16 - Oct. 24, up to 500 employees.

On July 24, 2020, the Federal Department of Health and Human Services announced a commitment of $5 billion in CARES Act funding to assist nursing facilities with COVID-19 specific training, enhanced testing, and technical support.

On July 31, 2020, the Department of Health (DOH) posted the Point of Care Testing document to the message board. DOH is accepting these tests for the POC test systems that CMS is sending, as long as facilities follow the guidance. It will require nursing facilities to report results through NEDSS, Pennsylvania's version of the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System, have appropriately trained people do the testing, and have the PA CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment) certificate or waiver.

LeadingAge PA is providing a dedicated COVID-19 page which provides updated information and resources.

LeadingAge PA, along with the Pennsylvania Health Care Association and the Pennsylvania Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, sent a letter to Governor Wolf on July 31, 2020 urging Governor Wolf to provide additional funds to long-term care providers for testing.

The following information can be found on the https://www.pa.gov website under the Department of State

Pennsylvania Will Provide Postage-Paid Return Envelopes with Mail and Absentee Ballots

Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar announced that the Pennsylvania Department of State will provide funding for postage so all eligible voters can return their mail-in and absentee ballots at no cost to the voter for the 2020 general election.

"Our goal is to make voting as accessible, safe, and easy for eligible voters as possible," Secretary Boockvar said. "Mail-in or absentee voting with prepaid postage means Pennsylvanians can vote from the comfort of their own home, without having to make a trip to the post office to buy a stamp, during the COVID-19 pandemic."

Eligible voters may apply for their mail-in or absentee ballot online, in person at their county election offices, or by paper forms submitted by mail. Once the county determines the voter is eligible, the Department's funding will allow the counties to send a postage-paid ballot-return envelope with the ballot to the voter for their easy return.

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