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Lawmakers want more funding for nursing homes in Pennsylvania

(WHTM) – Pennsylvania is an aging state and by 2030 one in five of us will be 65 or older, and the people who care for the elderly in Pennsylvania are sounding the alarm for lawmakers.

Advocates for nursing homes and long-term care say they are significantly underfunded. Reimbursement rates don't reflect the true cost of caring for the elderly, and that gap is more than a billion dollars, they say. If the increased need for personnel is added to this, a crisis threatens.

“Perhaps most concerning is that nursing home providers are essentially closing their doors because they can't afford to care for new residents or because they don't have enough staff to care for residents,” said Zach Shamberg of the PA Health Care Association.

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“We are being heard and there really is no option here. We have a real opportunity in Pennsylvania. We are one of the oldest states in the nation. It is a shame when we are unable to care for our older adults,” Gary Pezzano LeadingAge PA said.

The fastest growing population in Pennsylvania is 85+.

To follow the entire conversation, tune in to “This Week In Pennsylvania” Sunday morning at 10 a.m. on abc27.

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