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Aging & Youth 2021-2022

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