Health Care

“Double-Subsidized” Pa. Nursing Homes Don’t Pay Living Wage: Many Workers in Publicly Funded Industry Need Public Assistance to Make Ends Meet

$15 per Hour Minimum Nursing Home Wage Would Boost Quality of Care and Be Affordable to Industry
Date of Press Release: 
April 13, 2015

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Many nursing home workers in Pennsylvania earn wages so low they must resort to public assistance to make ends meet and support their families. These low wages also contribute to high staff turnover, which disrupts the caregiver-resident relationship and affects care, a new study by the Keystone Research Center found. Meanwhile, the nursing home industry, largely taxpayer-funded through Medicaid and Medicaid, remains profitable and can afford to pay living wages.

Double Trouble: Taxpayer-Subsidized Low-Wage Jobs in Pennsylvania Nursing Homes

Stephen Herzenberg
Publication Date: 
April 13, 2015

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Executive Summary

Pennsylvania is an aging state and getting older – our state has the fourth-highest 85-plus age group, a group that is expected to grow by more than 400,000 by 2030. Many of these older Pennsylvanians will need nursing home care at some point in their lives.

Census Data: Number of Americans Without Health Insurance Falls Amid Middle Class Struggles

Mark Price
Michael Wood
Publication Date: 
September 14, 2012

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By Michael Wood, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, & Mark Price, Keystone Research Center

Census: Fewer Americans Lacked Health Insurance in 2011

Affordable Care Act’s Coverage for Young Adults, Public Coverage for Children Helping Drive Trend
Date of Press Release: 
September 12, 2012

Jointly released with the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center

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HARRISBURG, PA (September 12, 2012) – New data released by the Census Bureau underscore the important contributions of the Affordable Care Act as the share of Americans without health insurance declined in 2011 for the first time in four years.