PAS RATES ADVOCACY
Help PA’s Most Vulnerable Consumers Receive Care at Home
As you know, Personal Assistance Services (PAS) and Home & Community Based Services (HCBS) cost one-half to one-third of the cost of nursing home placement, and consumers prefer to age in place in their own homes. Since the last increase to any of the PAS or HCBS rates, agencies have had to pay more for criminal background and child clearance checks, additional training, and additionally provide employer-mandated benefits. Direct care workers, consumers, and agencies need assistance in recruiting and retaining qualified and trained direct care workers to keep our most vulnerable consumers at home.
2019-2020 STATE BUDGET UPDATE: A Win for Home & Community Based Services!
(July 1, 2019) Two days before the June 30th deadline, the Pennsylvania Legislature finalized a $33.997 billion budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. The plan does not include the Governor’s proposal to increase the minimum wage, but does include a 2% increase effective January 2020 for homecare workers who care for seniors and those with physical disabilities. The proposed increase is across long-term living appropriations, including home and community-based services, services to persons with disabilities, attendant care, and Community HealthChoices.
PA-PCA, in conjunction with the efforts of the PAS Rates Committee, urges you to contact your local legislators and the Administration to ask them to do more to get an adequate rate increase. Your voice and your insight are critical.
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