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Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: December 29, 2014 01:38 PM
From: Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver
To: All House members
Subject: PA Long-Term Care Council Legislation
I am reintroducing legislation that will update and expand the focus of the current Intra-Governmental Council on Long-Term Care at the PA Department of Aging. Last Session, former Representative RoseMarie Swanger introduced this legislation as HB 252. The proposal passed the House by a vote of 199-0 but did not get full Senate consideration.

The Intra-Governmental Council was statutorily created in 1988 for the purpose of consulting with DPW and making recommendations relating to personal care homes. Over the years, the Council evolved into a panel of long-term care providers, advocates, and consumers and became a valuable resource and sounding board for the departments of Aging, Health & Public Welfare on long-term care public policy issues. The statute creating the Intra-Governmental Council, however, was never updated to reflect the expanded focus of the Council beyond personal care home issues.

This legislation will specify that the scope of the Council shall be to address all areas of long-term care, including institutional care and home-based and community-based services. The Council would address issues pertaining to regulatory review and access to care; community access and public education long-term care services models and delivery; and workforce.

Pennsylvania's aging demographics clearly point to the need for a viable long-term care infrastructure. This legislation would create an invaluable resource for the legislature and other public policymakers on these important issues.

I hope you join me in cosponsoring this legislation.

Introduced as HB753