Picture This! the Real Cost of Prison Expansion at the Living Independently For Elders Center.
Governor Corbett’s proposed budget cuts $161 million from nursing home care. These cuts are just one part of Corbett’s $300 million cut to the Medical Assistance budget, which thousands of Pennsylvanians depend on for life-sustaining medical care. This comes at a time when Pennsylvania has one of the largest and fastest growing populations of older adults in the nation. Many older Pennsylvanians already have difficulty accessing affordable care, and Corbett’s cuts threaten to make the situation much worse.
However, Corbett’s budget continues to fund the $685 million prison expansion plan, which adds 5,000+ beds to Pennsylvania’s prison system. Corbett’s proposed $161 million cut to nursing home care is equal to the cost of about 1610 new prison beds.
For more on how the budget cuts will affect nursing home care, see http://uppersaucon.patch.com/articles/cuts-to-nursing-home-care-pa-s-plan-to-balance-budget
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