Our residents need you! Urge Pennsylvania lawmakers today to support funding for pandemic-related costs for long-term care facilities!

As we continue the grueling fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, regulatory guidelines for providers in the senior care industry (including Heritage) continue to be levied without the proper funding to support these measures. Slowing the spread and preventing infection, in addition to increased personal protective equipment (PPE) stockpile requirements, and increased staffing challenges related to COVID-19 vaccine mandates have been extremely financially taxing on an already underfunded healthcare system. This is especially true for long-term care, where many of our residents rely on Medical Assistance funding to meet their medical needs.

  • More than 2 in 3 residents in nursing homes have their stays paid by Medical Assistance.
  • Prior to COVID-19, Medical Assistance underfunded non-profit nursing facilities by an average of more than $80 per resident per day. The pandemic has worsened this situation. An average 100-bed nursing home accrues over $30,000 per week in uncompensated costs for staff personal protective equipment and ongoing testing of staff and residents.

We urge you to contact you representatives to ask them to allocate dollars directly to long-term care providers to close the gap that exists between provider costs and reimbursement rates.

At Heritage, the steps we take daily to meet (and often exceed) regulatory mandates to slow the spread and prevent infection from COVID-19 continue to be extremely financially taxing on an already underfunded Medical Assistance-funded long-term care system. Without swift action from our representatives, more quality providers will shutter their doors, or be forced to sell at a time when seniors are aging with more complex medical needs.

Come alongside Heritage and contact your representatives, urging them to support funding for pandemic-related costs.

GOVERNOR'S OFFICE

Tom Wolf
(717) 787-2500
Office of the Governor
508 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Email

PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE

Hon. Parke Wentling (District)
(814) 382-7200
395 High Street
P.O. Box 17
Conneaut Lake, PA 16316
Fax: (814) 382-7203

(814) 774-3105
142 Main Street
Suite 1W
Girard, PA 16417
Fax: (814) 774-3108

Hon. Parke Wentling (Capitol)
(717) 783-5008
(855) 249-2427
107 Ryan Office Building
P.O. Box 202017
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2017
Fax: (717) 705-1948

PENNSYLVANIA SENATE

Senator Michele Brooks
(717) 787-1322
Senate Box 203050
168 Main Capitol
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3050
Fax: (717) 772-0577
Email

Senator Michele Brooks
(724) 588-8911
100 Hadley Road
Suite 9
Greenville, PA 16125
Fax: (724) 588-5464
Email

Please share this information with family members wanting to see and support their loved ones - encourage them to contact Governor Wolf today!

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