Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (D) and the state’s General Assembly passed what long-term care advocates called a “historic budget victory.” Total incremental funding for long-term care for the 2022-23 budget cycle — including federal games — is about $515 million, according to the Pennsylvania Health Care Association.
According to PHCA, SEIU Healthcare PA and LeadingAge PA, nursing homes have gone nearly 10 years without a budget increase. Advocacy groups and the union took part in a joint press conference Monday with the governor, House PA Speaker Bryan Cutler and other state lawmakers to announce the budget milestone for which they have worked together.
“This investment — a direct result of the entire long-term care industry, as well as state leaders, working together — helps better position Pennsylvania to provide continuity of care for tens of thousands of people. vulnerable elderly. For months we have asked, “Who will care?” Today, senior citizens and adults with disabilities should find comfort in knowing that Pennsylvania cares.,said PHCA President and CEO Zach Shamberg.
Pennsylvania’s budget for Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living includes:
- A 17.5% increase in the Medicaid rate for nursing homes, which translates to approximately $35 more per resident per day (including federal matching);
- $131 million in American Rescue Plan Act stimulus funds for nursing homes;
- $33 million in Medicaid Day One incentive payments for nursing homes serving large numbers of Medicaid enrollees (including federal matching);
- $26.7 million in ARPA stimulus funds for assisted living communities and personal care homes;
- A $20 million increase in the Supplemental Security Income rate for residents of personal care homes;
- $4.2 million in ARPA stimulus funds for nursing homes serving high numbers of residents on ventilators.
The increase in Medicaid reimbursement rates will take effect in January, and ARPA funds are expected to be allocated within the next two to three months.