Anne Henry has requested that any PARCR Member or attendee who has been able to make personal contact with any state legislator to please contact her so that LeadingAge PA can build on the relationship. Anne can be contacted at 717-790-3949 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LeadingAge Government Affairs Team reported the following advocacy that had been accomplished by the end of January. The LeadingAge PA Government Affairs team completed 10 visits with legislators and/or staff including discussions on the upcoming 2019/2020 budget with staff from all four caucuses of the Appropriations Committees. Additionally, they met with the Secretary of the Governor’s Budget Office, the Secretary of Health, the Auditor General, the Deputy Secretary from the Department of Human Services (DHS) Office of Long Term Living, and DHS legal, DHS policy and Office of Income Maintenance staff. More regular updates on the progress made on issues critical to PARCR are planned.
LeadingAge PA reported that Governor Wolf announced his 2019-2020 Budget on Tuesday Feb. 5, 2019 before a joint session of the General Assembly. LeadingAge PA is gravely disappointed that the Governor has once again declined to provide a Medical Assistance (MA) rate increase for long term care providers. Despite the Governor’s repeated claims of supporting the needs of all Pennsylvanians, he continues again this year to ignore the needs of seniors. LeadingAge PA shared a press release, as well as urging the General Assembly to address this oversight in the Governor’s budget and will be calling on LeadingAge PA members for grassroots advocacy to support efforts to fairly fund senior care services in the commonwealth. LeadingAge PA plans to continue reviewing the Governor’s budget proposal and provide further information on the specifics as they become available.