Krueger-Braneky, Policy Committee Examine Home Care Industry

FOLSOM, MAY 30 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware, hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing today at the Schoolhouse Senior Center on Pennsylvania’s home care industry.

The committee heard testimony from home care providers, workers, consumers, and state and local government officials.

"I requested this hearing to collect important testimony from stakeholders on issues facing the home care industry, including worker retention, quality of care, and support for small businesses,” Krueger-Braneky said. “It is critical that legislators do everything we can to ensure that all Pennsylvanians who need extra support are able to stay in their homes as long as possible.”

Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster and chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee, added, “Homecare services provide a cost-saving alternative to long-term living facilities. At a time when care providers are scarce and the demands are increasing, I applaud Representative Krueger-Braneky for shedding light on the issue and working hard to help families who need services to connect with service providers.”

Testifiers included: Gary Watkins, consumer; Milan Green, consumer; Andrea Harrington, home  care worker; Ray Landis, advocacy manager, AARP Pennsylvania; Vicki Hoak, CEO, PA Home Care Association; Maria Dunlevy, founder/business manager, Victorias’ Home Care; Tom Carroll, board member, Schoolhouse Senior Center; Jen Burnett, deputy secretary for Office of Long-Term Living, PA Department of Human Services; Kevin Hancock, chief of staff for Office of Long-Term Living, PA Department of Human Services; and Barbara Nicolardi, planner, Delaware County Office of Services for the Aging.

Hearing testimony will be available at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee