Voting meeting on HB253

Senate Aging and Youth Committee

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 | Off the Floor

Senate Chamber (and Virtual Participation)


House Bill 253 (Owlett) – Establishes a task force to review the opioid abuse epidemic’s impact on infants and children.

Meeting to consider SB 385, SB 668 and HB 649

Senate Aging and Youth Committee

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 | 11:30 a.m.

Senate Chamber (and Virtual Participation)


Senate Bill 385 (Brooks) – Amends the Fiscal Code by establishing a grant program within the Department of Human Services utilizing federal stimulus dollars ($3 million) to improve indoor air management strategies to reduce the risk of transmission and occupant exposure to COVID-19. The intent/goal of the program is to improve HVAC systems in Long-Term Care Facilities.

  • Amendment A01421 (J. Ward). The amendment would place the grant program under the Commonwealth Financing Authority ($5 million), set forth guidelines, program requirements, grant limits, ineligibility and define long-term care facilities.

Senate Bill 668 (J. Ward and Collett) – Amends the PACENET program under the Lottery Law to expand PACENET eligibility; eliminate monthly premiums on PACENET claimants; and provide discretion to the department to enroll PACENET claimants in a Medicare Part D plan.

House Bill 649 (Rapp), Freestanding act providing for the designation of essential caregivers in congregate care facilities.

Public Hearing on the Current Status and Needs of Long-Term Care Facilities One Year after COVID-19

 

Senate Aging and Youth Committee

Thursday, May 20, 2021 | 11:00 a.m.

Senate Chamber and Virtual Participation


Current Status and Needs of Long-Term Care Facilities One Year after COVID-19

AGENDA

11:00 AM                  Opening Remarks by Committee Chairs

11:05 AM

Zach Shamberg, President/CEO, Pennsylvania Health Care Association  – Testimony

Anne Henry, Senior Vice President & Chief Government Affairs Officer, LeadingAge PA  – Testimony

Margie Zelenak, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Assisted Living Association  – Testimony

11:35 AM                  Question and Answer Session 

12:15 PM                   Adjourn

Meeting to consider SB 484 and HB 464

 

Senate Aging and Youth Committee

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 | 9:00 a.m.

Senate Chamber and Virtual Participation


Meeting to consider SB 484 and HB 464

Meeting to consider of SB 190 and SB 323

 

Senate Aging and Youth Committee

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 | Off the Floor

Senate Chamber and Virtual Participation


  • Senate Bill 190 (Mensch) – Creates a stand-alone act providing for essential family caregivers in facilities during a state of disaster emergency.
    • Amendment A00499 (J. Ward) This amendment makes the provisions applicable to long-term care nursing facilities and hospice, clarifies that it pertains to a state of emergency declared due to a communicable disease, and provides that this act will not supersede federal authority or guidance.  
  • Senate Bill 323 (J. Ward) – Extends the current moratorium on increases in income due solely to a Social Security cost-of-living adjustment for PACE and PACENET enrollees.

Public hearing regarding the programs and services offered by the Department of Aging

 

Senate Aging and Youth Committee

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 | 11:00 a.m.

Senate Chamber and Virtual Participation


Public hearing regarding the programs and services offered by the Department of Aging

11:00 AM

Opening Remarks by Committee Chairs 

11:05 AM

Robert Torres, Secretary – Testimony
Pennsylvania Department of Aging

Tom Snedden, Director
Pharmaceutical Assistance (PACE) Program

11:20 AM

Question and Answer Session 

12:00 PM

Adjourn          

Joint Hearing on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution in Pennsylvania

 

JOINT HEARING

Senate Health & Human Services Committee AND Senate Aging & Youth Committee

Thursday, February 4 | 11:00 a.m.

Senate Chamber (and Virtual Participation)


11:00 a.m.     Welcome & Introductions

Chairwoman Michele Brooks, Senate Health and Human Services Committee
Chairman Art Haywood, Senate Health and Human Services Committee
Chairwoman Judy Ward, Senate Aging and Youth Committee
Chairwoman Maria Collett, Senate Aging and Youth Committee

11:10 a.m.     Panel 1: Pennsylvania Department of Health

Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam – Testimony
Dr. Wendy Braund, Interim Acting Physician General
Cindy Findley, Deputy Secretary of Health Promotion & Disease Prevention

12:15 p.m.     Panel 2: Pharmacy

Bretton Walberg, Walberg Family Pharmacy – Testimony
Dillon Rybka, Pharm D, District Leader, CVS – Federal Pharmacy Partnership
Chris Altman, Manager of Clinical & Immunization Programs, Rite Aid – Retail Pharmacy Partnership

1:00 p.m.     Panel 3: Long-Term Care

Adam Marles, President/CEO LeadingAge PA – Testimony
Suzanne Owens, President/CEO Peter Becker Community, CCRC – Testimony
Zach Shamberg, President/CEO Pennsylvania Health Care Association – Testimony

1:45 p.m.     Panel 4: Hospital

Dr. Michael Ripchinski, Chief Clinical Officer, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health – Testimony
Dr. Robert X. Murphy Jr., Exec. VP and Chief Physician Executive, Lehigh Valley Health Network – Testimony

2:30 p.m.     Recess to the call of the Chair

 

Additional Written Testimony Submitted by: 

Bill Johnston-Walsh, State Director and Teresa Osborne, Advocacy and Outreach Director, AARP Pennsylvania – Combined Testimony
Sherri Landis, Executive Director The Arc of Pennsylvania – Testimony
Mark Davis, President/CEO Pennsylvania Advocates and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disabilities –Testimony
Dr. Carmen Guerra, Associate Professor at the Perelman School of Medicine – Testimony
Dr. Anthony Barber, Superintendent Springfield School District, and Dr. Maureen Reusche, Superintendent School District of Haverford Township, The School District of Haverford Township –  Combined Testimony
Rabbi Stacy Rigler – Testimony
Lower Merion School District – Testimony

Informational meeting regarding the Caregiver Support Program

 

Senate Aging and Youth Committee

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 | 9:30 a.m.

Senate Chamber (and Virtual Participation)


9:30 AM Opening Remarks

9:35 AM
Troy Dunston, Caregiver Support Program Coordinator – Combined Testimony
Kevin Longenecker, Chief of Older Americans Act Services Division – Combined Testimony
Christine Miccio, Director of Bureau of Aging Services
Pennsylvania Department of Aging

10:05 AM
Steve Williamson, President
Blair Senior Services, Inc.
Area Agency on Aging

Sandy Gurreri, Director
Cumberland County Aging & Community Services

Meeting to consider SB 983 and SB 1279

 

Senate Aging and Youth Committee

Monday, September 21, 2020 | 12:30 p.m.

North Office Building, Hearing Room #1 (and Virtual Participation)


SB 983 (DiSanto) – Amends the Newborn Child Testing Act by improving newborn health screenings and establishing a testing fee.

Amendment A07276 (DiSanto). Removes the fee-based approach and mandates screening of conditions in the supplemental panel.

SB 1279 (Mensch) – Creates a stand-alone act providing for essential family caregivers in facilities during a state of disaster emergency.

Amendment A07188 (Mensch). Technical in nature. Revises the definition of “Secretary” to also include the Secretary of Human Services.

Update on Long Term Care Facilities and COVID-19

 

Senate Aging and Youth Committee

Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 10 am

Off the Floor (Senate Chamber and Virtual Participation)

Update on Long Term Care Facilities and COVID-19


10:00AM – 10:10AM

Opening Remarks

10:10AM – 11:10AM

First Panel

Dr. Rachel Levine, Secretary
Department of Health

Sarah Boateng, Executive Deputy Secretary
Department of Health

Jamie Buchenauer, Deputy Secretary for Office of Long-Term Living
Department of Human Services

Lt. Col. John Peacock, State Medical Detachment

Pennsylvania National Guard

11:10AM – 11:50AM

Second Panel

Adam Marles, President & CEO
LeadingAge PA

Zach Shamberg, President & CEO
Pennsylvania Health Care Association

Sister Joachim Anne Ferenchak, Administrator
Garvey Manor Nursing Home

11:50AM – 12:30PM

Third Panel

David Nace, MD, MPH
Chief of Medical Affairs, UPMC Senior Communities

Dr. Carol McKinley, President & CEO
Simpson Senior Services

Michael Grove, RN, MEd, NHA, FACHE
Long Term Care Consultant