Meg Snead, Acting Secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services, joined WellSpan Health and other partners at Hunter Cottage, a personal care home in the City of York, to advocate for increased funding in this year’s state budget to preserve this affordable long-term care option. Licensed personal care homes are residences that provide shelter, meals and personal care assistance for low-income older adults and people with disabilities - but who do not need skilled nursing care. The state and federal government currently provide a $39 daily Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payment to support low-income individuals who reside in a personal care home. Pennsylvania’s portion of this payment hasn’t increased since 2006 and more than 400 low-income homes, or 46% of the statewide total, have closed since then. Click here to watch the full press conference.