– This week, the House voted in favor of legislation Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-Northumberland/Snyder) sponsored to establish the PA Long-Term Care Council within the Department of Aging.
House Bill 753
would update and expand the focus of the current Intra-Governmental Council of Long-Term Care at the Pennsylvania Department of Aging.
“The 108th District has a high population of senior citizens, and it has been brought to our attention that there are several unmet needs among that demographic,” Culver explained. “There isn’t a life that our senior citizens don’t touch – as they are commonly active in our schools, churches and child care communities – and we need to be doing all we can to ensure resources are available to help them live happy, healthy lives.”
The council will consist of 35 members, and would focus on six different areas of concentration: Regulatory review and access to quality care, community access and public education, long term care service models and delivery, work force, housing, and behavioral health issues of seniors ages 60 and older.
“Pennsylvania’s aging demographics clearly show the need for a viable long-term care infrastructure, and that’s what this bill aims to do,” Culver said. “This was a bipartisan effort in the House, and under this proposal, the state would be focusing on issues they weren’t before.”
For more information about House Bill 753, or any other state-related issue, call Culver’s district office at 570-286-5885, or toll-free at 1-800-924-9060, or visit LyndaCulver.com
Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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