We promised to add some details on Tom Corbett’s Medicaid proposal in the days to come, so here is a closer look at the “Healthy Pennsylvania” proposal from Brian Duke, the Pennsylvania Secretary of Aging:
Pennsylvania’s seniors are living longer and it’s vital that we help them to live better, which is why Gov. Tom Corbett’s “Healthy Pennsylvania” proposal warrants a closer look.
Pennsylvania is the fourth grayest state in the nation. By 2015, nearly one in four Pennsylvanians will be age 60 or older, with health care needs that often differ significantly from the rest of the population. We need to preserve our Medicaid system to make sure we have resources available now and as the state’s senior population grows.
“Healthy Pennsylvania” creates a Long-Term Care Improvement Commission to explore how best to develop a coordinated, long-term care and support system. The commission will be tasked with making sure older adults and persons with disabilities receive the best possible care.
The commission’s first job will be to hear from doctors, social workers, advocates, providers and most importantly recipients themselves, to find out where the system isn’t measuring up and to examine innovative ways to deliver care.
It’s not enough to insure the uninsured. The coverage has to fit the needs of Pennsylvanians.
The article points to some important facts that seniors in PA should be aware of:
- PA has one of the highest populations of rural residents in the nation, 48 of 67 counties are classified as rural in PA.
- One in five of rural Pennsylvanians is a senior.
- By 2015, nearly one in four Pennsylvanians will be age 60 or older.
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