October is National Residents’ Rights Month
October is national Residents’ Rights Month. It focuses on the rights and quality of residents in lifelong-term care facilities – nursing facilities, assisted living, personal care homes, domiciliary care facilities, and those who attend older adult daily living centers. The theme for this year’s Residents’ Rights Month, “It’s all about me: My life, my care, my choices,” focuses on the respect and dignity of every resident. In Philadelphia, advocating for residents’ rights goes on year-round through the Ombudsmen program managed by Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA).
Gov. Wolf plans spending freeze in absence of state budget
If Pennsylvania’s $2.2 billion budget gap isn’t filled soon, Gov. Tom Wolf has indicated, the commonwealth could be heading for a major freeze on spending on non-essential services. Exactly which funds will freeze is not known, but it is not expected to include federal human services funds or Lottery funds.
Health care reform update from n4a: Opposition to bill, straight repeal may doom Senate effort
Opposition has effectively doomed Congress’ ACA repeal efforts, for now. But Senate Majority Leader McConnell still intends to bring up the repeal-without-replace measure on the Senate floor next week. Advocates must continue to remain vigilant to save Medicaid.
Philadelphia joins national #SaveOurSeniors Day of Action: Press conference for Monday, July 17 to be rescheduled
The Philadelphia mayor’s office has joined the U.S. Conference of Mayors in a day of action against the Senate’s revised health care bill, with a focus on how it hurts seniors. PCA President and CEO Holly Lange will speak at a press conference, Monday, July 17, at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall.
Pennsylvania state budget update: A summary from P4A
On June 30, both chambers are expected to pass the FY 2017-2018 spending plan via HB 218, which was amended June 29 in the Senate Appropriations Committee with the final, agreed-to figures. In total, the state plans to spend $31.996 billion, or roughly 0.2% more than FY 2016-2017.
Advocacy alert: Oppose proposed Medicaid cuts to safeguard family caregivers
The President’s budget, released this spring, proposes $610 billion in cuts to the Medicaid program in the next 10 years, on top of the House’s proposed $800 billion cuts in Medicaid in the American Health Care Act (more here).