Hennessey Travels to Lancaster County to Talk About Proposed Long-Term Care Study
5/4/2007
Rep. Tim Hennessey (R-Coatesville), Republican chairman of the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee, today traveled to Lancaster County to drum up support for a measure he introduced in the House to study Pennsylvania’s long-term care delivery system.  
 
“We’re laying the groundwork by talking to people about the need to perform an analysis of Pennsylvania’s long-term care system,” Hennessey said. “As more people continue to live longer, it’s essential that we continue to make long-term care services available, efficient and affordable.”
 
Hennessey traveled to Landis Homes, a long-term care facility in Lititz, to meet with Rep. John C. Bear (R-Lancaster) and his Senior Advisory Council, a group that advises Bear on issues important to senior citizens. The lawmakers discussed House Resolution 95, the measure Hennessey sponsored along with Rep. George Kenney (R-Philadelphia/Montgomery), Republican Chairman of the House Health and Human Services Committee, calling for the Joint State Government Commission to study the long-term care delivery system in Pennsylvania, to determine how it can be improved.
 
Hennessey’s resolution calls for an in-depth analysis of the state’s entire long-term care system – including nursing homes, personal-care facilities, assisted-living facilities and home and community-based services.
 
In April, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW) Estelle Richman testified that more than seven out of every 10 personal care homes in Pennsylvania, 72 percent, are operating with an expired license.
 
“It’s obvious the state needs to take an inventory of the long-term care system to see where we’re at,” Hennessey said. “Our state spends a lot of money on long-term care. We want to make sure the system is efficient and we are getting the most for our money.”
 
Hennessey’s resolution calls for a comprehensive, bipartisan review of issues relating to access to long-term care services, affordability of those services and the role of public and private sectors in paying for services.
 
“This is about responsible government looking at an area where a lot of taxpayer dollars are being used and trying to figure out if there are ways we can improve the system,” Hennessey said. “That’s the message I carried to Lancaster County today and it’s a message I think should be echoed throughout the state.”
 
Between 1990 and 2000, Census data showed the total number of Pennsylvanians age 60 and over remained constant at approximately 2.4 million. However, those age 75-84 increased by 21 percent and those age 85 and older increased by 38 percent. By the year 2020, the number of Pennsylvanians age 60 or older is expected to surpass 3 million, constituting 25 percent of the state’s population.
 
“As more and more Pennsylvanians and their families depend on long-term care services, more people will have a stake in the outcome of this analysis,” Hennessey said. “Our state needs to take a proactive look at our long-term care situation and develop a plan to meet current and future needs.”
 
Rep. Tim Hennessey
26th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

(610) 380-8600
(717) 787-3431
www.RepHennessey.com
Contact: Dan Massing
(717) 772-9845
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May 4, 2007