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Aging & Youth 2021-2022

The Senate Aging & Youth Committee met on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 to consider the following bills:

HB 291, introduced by Representative Labs, extends the current Social Security COLA moratorium for PACE and PACENET cardholders from December 31, 2021 to December 31, 2023.

HB 1260, introduced by Representative Thomas, modernizes the income eligibility limits for the PACE and PACENET programs.

HB 1650, introduced by Representative Delozier and Representative DeLissio, makes editorial changes to Title 67 (Public Welfare) of Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes.

The Senate Aging & Youth Committee met on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 to consider the following bills:

HB 1082, sponsored by Rep. Lewis DelRosso, requires the Department of Health to establish and maintain an Early Detection and Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease or a Related Disorder Toolkit for the purpose of educating primary providers on the importance of an early diagnosis for individuals living with Alzheimer’s and related disorders.

  • The bill was reported out of committee unanimously.

SB 871, jointly sponsored by Sens Ward and Collett, makes several revisions to the Child Protective Services Law.

  • The bill was reported out of committee 10-1 vote, with Sen. Saval voting in the negative.

The Senate Aging & Youth and Health & Human Services Committees held a joint public hearing on Wednesday, September 15, 2021

The Senate Aging & Youth & Health & Human Services Committees held a joint public hearing to discuss Part 1 of the Department of Health’s proposed long-term care nursing facility regulations (#10-221).


The Senate Aging & Youth & Health & Human Services Committees held a joint public hearing on Monday, August 23, 2021

The Senate Aging & Youth & Health & Human Services Committees held a joint public hearing to discuss the Department of Human Services’ intent to contract with Maximus as its independent enrollment broker (IEB) and the impact this will have on seniors and adults with disabilities.


The Senate Aging & Youth Committee met off the floor on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 to consider the following bill:

HB 253 – Owlett – An Act establishing a task force on the opioid abuse epidemic’s impact on children and providing for powers and duties of the task force.

The bill was reported out of committee unanimously.

The Senate Aging & Youth Committee met on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 to consider the following items:

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.    The amendment was adopted unanimously, and the bill as amended was reported from committee unanimously.

Senate Bill 668 (J. Ward and Collett) – Amends the PACENET program under the Lottery Law to expand PACENET eligibility; eliminates monthly premiums on PACENET claimants; and provides discretion to the department to enroll PACENET claimants in a Medicare Part D plan. The bill was reported from committee unanimously.

House Bill 649 (Rapp) – A freestanding act providing for the designation of essential caregivers in congregate care facilities. The bill was reported from committee by a 7-4 vote along party lines.

The Senate Aging & Youth Committee met on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 to consider the following items:

House Bill 464 ( (Boback) – Amends the Family Caregiver Support Act to better align the state and federal programs as well as remove barriers and provide more flexibility to effectively administer the program.

Amendment A00760 (J. Ward). This amendment requires the Aging Department to publish in the PA Bulletin and provide committee notification when they make a change in the monetary caps for program services. This Amendment was adopted unanimously.

HB 464 as amended, was reported from Committee with a unanimous vote as committed.

Senate Bill 484 (Stefano) – Amends the Pennsylvania Long-term Care Council Act by expanding the membership of the Council to include the chair of the State Veterans’ Commission or a designee.

SB 484 was reported from Committee with a unanimous vote as committed.

The Senate Aging & Youth Committee met on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 to consider the following items:

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 disaster emergency declared as a result of a communicable disease, and provides that this act will not supersede federal authority or guidance.

The amendment was adopted unanimously. The bill as amended was reported from committee with a 7-4  vote along party lines.

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.

The bill was reported from committee unanimously.

The Senate Aging & Youth Committee met on Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Aging & Youth and Health & Human Services Committee held a joint public hearing on implementation of the State Vaccination Plan on February 4, 2021