Our residents need you! Urge Pennsylvania lawmakers today to support funding for pandemic-related costs for long-term care facilities!
Pandemic-related costs continue to pile up for providers and they need immediate help from the American Rescue Plan. 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 our representatives in the Pennsylvania Senate and House to allocate American Rescue Plan dollars directly to long-term care providers.
Ask them today for Funding for Nursing Homes! Pennsylvania’s nursing homes need an immediate $396 million to cover the extraordinary costs to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and care for residents. This funding should be distributed consistently according to the formula in Act 24 of 2020 to support those facilities hardest hit by COVID-19.
Slowing the spread and preventing infection from COVID-19 has been extremely financially taxing on an already underfunded Medical Assistance-funded long-term care system.
· 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 over $80 per resident per day. The pandemic has worsened this situation.
· Without swift action, more quality providers will shutter their doors, or be forced to sell at time when Pennsylvanians are aging with more complex medical needs.
Inadequate Medical Assistance reimbursement is accelerating closures, sales, and capacity reductions, threatening access to quality providers for families across the commonwealth. Recent reporting by The New York Times and NPR document that sales of nursing homes to private equity firms result in decreased staffing hours and increases in expenditures not directly related to patient care like building or equipment leases.
Make your voice heard TODAY! Download the letter template and use the information below to contact your representatives.
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