House Democratic Policy Committee to hold public hearing on living wage for nursing home employees Monday in Capitol
HARRISBURG, Nov. 12 – House Democratic Policy Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, announced today that the committee will hold a public hearing on state Rep. Ed Gainey’s House Bill 1449 that would incentivize nursing home employers to pay $15 an hour to workers through the creation of a statewide Living Wage Certification Program.
The hearing will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, November 16 in 418 Main Capitol Building, Harrisburg.
Gainey, D-Allegheny, requested the hearing and will serve as co-chairman. His legislation would also require nursing home employers to reimburse the state for the costs incurred by providing public assistance benefits to workers. A recent Keystone Research Center report found that one in six nursing home workers received benefits from SNAP (supplemental nutrition assistant program), Medicaid or both.
The current hearing agenda is:
11:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
11:10 a.m. Panel from Pennsylvania State Agencies:
- Christine Filipovich, Deputy Secretary for Quality Assurance
- Larry Clark, Director of the Office of Policy
- Jen Burnett, Deputy Secretary for Office of Long-Term Living, Department of Human Services
11:40 a.m. Panel from SEIU Healthcare:
- Matt Yarnell, Executive Vice President for Long Term Care
- Tisheia Frazier, Nurse Aid, Philadelphia
- Brittney Perri, Nurse Aide, Plymouth
- Dharnell Bridges, Housekeeping/Laundry Worker, Easton
12:10 p.m. W. Russell McDaid, President, Pennsylvania Health Care Association
12:40 p.m. Mark Price, Ph.D., Labor Economist, Keystone Research Center
1:00 p.m. Closing Remarks
The hearing is open to the public and media coverage is invited.