Many Pennsylvania counties will save millions of dollars and be able to provide better long-term care due to passage by the General Assembly of a compromised version of a proposal first introduced by Sen. Killion. The Killion initiative eliminates the requirement for counties to pay 10 percent of the non-federal cost of services for Medicaid residents cared for in their skilled care facilities, and was included in amendments to the Human Services Code.
“I am glad we were able to work with the Department of Human Services and the Wolf administration to construct a compromise that will save Delaware County over $2 million annually once it is fully implemented,” said Sen. Killion.
The provision will phase out the 10 percent county share over the next several years as new Medicaid managed care plans are implemented across the Commonwealth. In total, eliminating the fee will save county-run skilled care facilities over $19 million each year when fully implemented. The fee will be completely eliminated by 2019.
The Human Services Code legislation is contained in House Bill 1062 and includes various legislative provisions necessary to deliver human services throughout Pennsylvania. The bill received bi-partisan support and is now on the Governor’s desk awaiting his signature.
“Eliminating this state-imposed 10 percent county share which would have otherwise been paid by Delaware County taxpayers will help reduce the local tax burden on County residents and also allows our community to continue to benefit from the care our family members receive at Fair Acres, our county-run nursing home,” added Sen. Killion.
“Fair Acres, Delaware County’s skilled care facility, is home to 900 residents who need specialized care. We are proud of the quality, compassionate care that is provided for these men and women,” said County Council Chairman Mario J. Civera Jr. “Elimination of the state-imposed county share of 10 percent to fund Fair Acres is extremely helpful in reducing the tax burden on our residents while allowing us to continue to provide this level of care that helps so many families. We thank Senator Killion for his leadership on this issue.”
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