PARCR - Posts Tagged with "Medicaid"

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3/14/2015 - PARCR Admin

In the March 8, 2015 Harrisburg Patriot News Terry Savage wrote an informative article called "Navigating Medicaid and long-term care" it offers valuable information for CCRC residents. The article is currently unavailable from the Pennlive website, but is also syndicated in the Reading Eagle newspaper. Follow the link to read the article on the Reading Eagle site. - President George


Catching Up with News from LeadingAge PA - February 2015

2/28/2015 - PARCR Admin

Act 31 Reminder

Reminder of Act 31 Child Abuse Prevention and Reporting Continuing Education for Licensed Professionals Effective January 1, 2015. Act 31 requires all health related licensees and who are mandatory reporters to complete 3 hours of Department of Human Services (formerly DPW) approved training on initial application for a license. Additionally, all health related licensees applying for a license renewal are required to complete 2 hours of Board approved continuing education in child abuse recognition and reporting requirements

Senate Bill 4

A notice was sent out at the request of LeadingAge PA to ask your Senator to vote YES on Senate Bill 4: Legislation to Amend the PA Constitution to allow the General Assembly to Establish Criteria for Purely Public Charity. A report was sent out that SB 4 passed the Senate on February 17, 2015. It is planned that more information will be sent as the bill moves on. Thanks to those who reached out to their Senators. Since the bill passed the full Senate and is now headed to the House. LeadingAge PA will be asking for you to call your Representatives in the near future on this critical issue.

Governor Wolf Announces Cabinet Members

Ted Dallas has been chosen as the Secretary for the Department of Human Services. Most recently, Dallas served as the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Human Resources. Prior to his work in Maryland, Acting Secretary Dallas served in Pennsylvania’s Rendell Administration for five years as the Executive Deputy Secretary of the Department of Human Services, formerly the Department of Public Welfare.

Teresa Osborne has received the nod to serve as the Secretary for the Department of Aging. She most recently served as the Executive Director of the Luzerne/Wyoming Counties Area Agency on Aging. Previously she served as the Executive Director of the Lackawanna Area Agency on Aging.

Dr. Karen Murphy has been appointed as Secretary for the Department of Health. Dr. Murphy has extensive knowledge of the healthcare industry and has demonstrated her ability to lead complex organizations and initiatives in both the public and private sector. Formerly, Dr. Murphy served as the Director of the State Innovation Models Initiative at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.

Highmark Partnership

Highmark has contracted with naviHealth, a post-acute care management company that contracts with risk-bearing healthcare organizations, resulting in naviHealth coming into facilities and denying services. PARCR members who have Highmark coverage and have questions should feel free to contact Anne Henry, Vice President of Government Affairs at <> or 717-790-3949.

Legislative Breakfast

The LeadingAge PA Government Affairs team hosted a successful legislative staff breakfast on January 29, 2015 at the State Capitol. In attendance were staff members from committees critical to assuring that our members’ best interests are taken into consideration as bills are introduced and moved through the legislative process. More…

LeadingAge Leadership Conference

PEAK! The 2015 LeadingAge (national) PEAK leadership conference in Washington, D.C. will take place on March 16-18. LeadingAge PA's Government Affairs staff will participate with members in meetings on Capitol Hill with Pennsylvania’s Congressional Delegation. The meetings are designed to allow LeadingAge PA members to discuss the effect of federal issues on their communities. Register

CMS Describes Changes to Five-Star Rating System for Providers

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) described some major changes/adjustments to Nursing Home Compare, and the scoring methodology for the Nursing Home Five-Star Rating System. It appears that there will be an impact to nursing homes’ overall rating based on these changes. CMS is advising that many facilities will see a reduction of 1 -2 stars in their overall rating based on the revised scoring methodology. For LeadingAge (national)’s brief overview of the changes, please click here.

LeadingAge PA Legislative Breakfasts happening April-May!

Join LeadingAge PA’s Government Affairs team for one of our upcoming Legislative Breakfasts at a location near you! Come meet your elected officials to discuss the importance of the services your facility provides and how it benefits the seniors in your community. This is an excellent opportunity for members to connect with their representatives in an informal, social setting in order to build and foster these important relationships. PARCR members are invited to attend. See dates and locations/learn more…


PARCR Legislative Alert

3/11/2017 - PARCR Admin

Gail Steger, the PARCR Legislative Chair, received the attached critical alert from LeadingAge PA that requests our support as residents of CCRCs to connect directly with our members of Congress directly urging them to oppose the American Health Care Act. The proposed changes will directly affect us. The legislation is expected to move quickly with the House expected to vote during the week of March 20. A sample letter is attached.



6/12/2017 - PARCR Admin

The Senate is scheduled to vote this month on health care reform that could end Medicaid as we know it by converting it to a per capita cap or block grant. Proposals under consideration would cut Medicaid by hundreds of billions of dollars over the next decade.

Under this proposal, every state would lose federal funding, forcing states to cut back on services for seniors and people with disabilities covered by Medicaid as well as reimbursement to providers. LeadingAge strongly opposes these changes to Medicaid. We urge Congress to protect Medicaid and ensure that older adults have access to the essential long-term services and supports they need.

It is critical that your Senators hear from you now!

Click here for more information and instructions for contacting our senators.


ALERT: Leading Age Rally at the Capitol, Participants Needed

7/15/2017 - PARCR Admin

Anne Henry, Senior VP & Chief Government Affairs Officer, Leading Age PA has sent us this urgent message.

We know it is short notice, but a provider coalition which includes Leading Age PA, is holding a rally inside the Capitol in Harrisburg to discuss the negative consequences of the US Senate's Medicaid Reform Plan. The details of the rally are below. If a few PARCR members could show up and stand on the steps in the Rotunda, that would be tremendous.

Location: State Capitol Rotunda (501 N. Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120)

Date and Time: July 19, 2017 at 11 a.m.

Please notify all of your interested friends. All CCRC residents are welcome.


Message from LeadingAge PA

12/3/2017 - PARCR Admin

The Current Tax Reform Bill Will Hurt Seniors and Nonprofit Providers

Congress is considering major tax reform legislation, H.R. 1, that has serious implications for older adults and aging services providers. We, along with LeadingAge (national), have been monitoring both House and Senate versions and due to potentially dangerous provisions in the bill.

The House has already passed a bill that will eliminate the medical tax deduction, eliminate private activity bonds and advance refunding, and end the 4% Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program. More importantly, this bill will have long-term impacts on Medicare and Medicaid resulting from the $1.5 trillion cost of the bill. It is almost certain that these provisions will in fact hurt seniors.

The Senate began debate Nov. 27 in preparation for a vote. Now is the time to act. Let your senators and representative know that the H.R. 1 will hurt the health and wellness of older adults. This legislation is moving fast so please take action today.

How You Can Help

Call or email Senator Toomey ((202) 224-4254) and Senator Casey ((202) 224-6324) TODAY!

Share this information with the residents in your community and suggest that they call as well. The proposed changes will directly impact them.

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