PALA fights for Personal Care and Assisted Living Communities for funding from the American Rescue Plan!
Providers continue to struggle because of the COVID-19 Crisis. The financial burden is a strain to serve the seniors in the communities. PALA has been advocating with the Governor and the Senate and House Appropriations Committees for $70 Million from the American Rescue Plan. Below is the letter we have sent to advocate for our members.
On behalf of the Pennsylvania Assisted Living Association (PALA) representing Personal Care Homes (PCH) and Assisted Living Communities (ALC), we want to thank you for your tremendous leadership on behalf of our membership during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pennsylvania has 1132 Personal Care Homes and 64 Assisted Living Residences serving over 50,000 seniors. All of our members continue to face this pandemic head on every day, taking extraordinary efforts to protect our most vulnerable citizens.
As you consider Pennsylvania’s state budget and the most recent federal stimulus plan, we are asking you to prioritize personal care homes and assisted living facilities. We are writing today to ask that $70 million in one-time, emergency funding from the recently passed American Rescue Act be provided on a per licensed assisted living/personal care bed basis to help senior living providers recoup some of the massive financial losses they have incurred as a result of efforts to keep residents and employees safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Skyrocketing pandemic-related costs, including personal protective equipment (PPE), testing, staffing, and infection control, coupled with an underfunded system and devastating legal climate, threaten the sustainability of personal care and assisted living facilities across the Commonwealth. Unfortunately, these communities have not had the same access to federal relief as other providers. Through the federal Provider Relief Fund, which was established by the CARES Act, assisted living facilities have received to-date roughly $1 billion nationwide compared to $12.5 billion for skilled nursing facilities, even though assisted living and personal care homes serve the same number of seniors (two million nationally). We need your leadership and assistance to bring some parity for the personal care home and assisted living industry.
Unfortunately, senior living including personal care and assisted living providers, were not addressed with any funding in the recently passed American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 despite caring for the most vulnerable and most susceptible population to COVID-19. However, $13.1 billion was provided for state and local funding to the Commonwealth.
We respectfully ask for your consideration of $70 million to provide funding to personal care and assisted living providers to enable them to continue operations and remain viable options for seniors to receive the care they need.
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