Wednesday, 23 May 2007

Nursing home advocates rally for PA funding

by Damon Boughamer
Public Radio Capitol News, serving Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, Penna. (PRCN, 22 May 2007) - Advocates for long-termcare environments, including nursing homes, rallied at the state Capitol Tuesday.

Supporters are hoping for an increase for nursing homes in the state budget of about $75 million or 4 percent.

Pennsylvania Health Care Association vice chair Ray Calhoun called upon hundreds of professionals gathered outside the Capitol's East Wing to find their representatives and senators inside and make the case for long-term care.

"They simply don't understand because we haven't done a particularly good job of showing them what it is that we do that provides a high-value load to society with respect to caring for our elderly, who are in our care and are our charged responsibility," Calhoun said.

The last several years have seen additional state resources aimed at home care.

Advocates for each type of long-term care are worried that the total investment will not grow and instead will simply be divided differently.


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