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PALA advocates for providers and residents of Pennsylvania at the State Capitol
and in Washington, DC

PALA Executive Director testified at the House Aging and Older Adults committee informational meeting on the Workforce Crisis.

PALA testified April 12th regarding the Workforce Crisis for Personal Care and Assisted Living communities.  Margie Zelenak, Executive Director, focused on solutions to the crisis.  Watch the hearing here and read her testimony here  

Solutions discussed included:

Review regulatory requirements for PCH/ALR direct care staff that require a HS diploma or a non-US diploma that is equivalent to a US diploma.

Embrace immigrants and refugees to help with the direct care workforce shortage by eliminating barriers to employment.

Technology advances in long-term care are not aligning with current regulations. Review the options to adapt technology to assist with the workforce crisis.

Provide childcare funding to all employees, not only low-income employees who choose to work in LTC.

Promote and increase the apprenticeship programs for direct care workers.

Implement the public awareness campaign as recommended in the LTC Council Blueprint.

Provide American Rescue Plan funding for student loan forgiveness not only for nurses but for direct care workers that commit to working in LTC.

Support Rep. Kosierowski and HB 2325 LTC Facility Employee Retention Grant Program legislation from this committee for a vote in the House.  This is the only legislation that

provides workforce retention and bonuses for Personal Care and Assisted Living communities.

Support Rep. Bonner and HB 2293 Temporary Health Care Services Agencies to reign in the outrageous costs that staffing agencies are charging communities because of the workforce crisis.

Pass the budget that includes $50 million for increase of SSI to assist PCH that provide care to these low-income residents.This additional funding will help PCH to stay open and increase their pay rates to recruit and retain employees.

Allocate additional American Rescue Plan funding to PCH/ALR so they can compete with other health care entities and attract a qualified, compassionate workforce.

Implement  SB 115/Act 68 of 2021 adding Pennsylvania to the Nurse Compact Act.  The inclusion of Pennsylvania in the Nurse Licensure Compact would allow nurses in other states to practice in PA

Contact your legislator and let them know: Seniors need Support!

Who is your state legislator?

Use this link to determine who your legislators are. Please contact them and let them know that you would like to be a resource for them on issues pertaining to assisted living and personal care. Many legislators need to be educated on the differences and the services provided by Assisted Living Residences and Personal Care Homes. PALA can help you to advocate with your legislators. Contact the office for more information.

Pennsylvania General Assembly

Your Key State Legislators

Josh Shapiro

Judy Ward

Senate Aging & Youth
Committee Chair

Website for Chairman Ward

Senate Aging Committee Website

Dr. Val Arkoosh

Jason Kavulich

Secretary Jason Kavulich
Department of Aging

Secretary of Aging Website

Dr. Debra Bogen

Secretary of Health
Department of Health

Department of Health Leadership

Department of Health Website

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