Skilled Nursing News April 12, 2024
Amy Stulick

Despite a 17.5% Medicaid increase last year, at least 25 nursing homes closed in Pennsylvania since the pandemic began – and a significant financial shortfall remains, leaders said. Closures equate to a loss of 2,588 certified nursing home beds in the state since 2020.

The continued workforce shortage and underfunding of Medicaid made closures and sales to “profit-motivated entities” a harsh reality for residents and their families – and could have contributed to the dire state of affairs for the sector in Pennsylvania, according to Garry Pezzano, president and CEO of LeadingAge PA.

LeadingAge PA is advocating for a $70 million increase in Medicaid funding for nursing homes specifically and a minimum $8.9 million toward Pennsylvania’s Living Independence for the...

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