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Smart Talk: tavern games and the future of long-term care

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Feb 24, 2014 3:05 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, February 25th:

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Governor Corbett's budget plan is banking on more than $100 million in new revenue now that small games of chance -- like pull-tabs and raffles -- are being expanded into Pennsylvania bars and taverns.

But only six of the thousands of newly eligible establishments in the state have reportedly applied so far.

At one recent budget hearing, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman said, "This rollout's worse than Obamacare."

So why are the applications off to such a slow start, despite heavy lobbying from the tavern industry to get the bill passed? We'll find out when Amy Christie, director of the Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage Association, joins us on Smart Talk.

Later in the show, we'll discuss two new studies that show many of the state's nursing homes are being pushed to the brink of financial collapse.

By the year 2020 one in four Pennsylvanians will be age 60 or older. Two-thirds of nursing home residents are Medicaid patients and the data show unreimbursed Medicaid costs in Pennsylvania will exceed $470 million this fiscal year.

Dr. Stuart Shapiro, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Health Care Association, is one of many sounding the alarm. He and Genesis HealthCare Vice President Paul McGuire will join us on Smart Talk to discuss what Pennsylvania lawmakers can do to help ensure access to quality long-term care in the state.

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From left to right: Paul McGuire, Genesis HealthCare Vice President and Dr. Stuart Shapiro, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Health Care Association

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Comments: 3

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-02-25 09:28

    Judy emails:

    I would like to make a comment about the POOR care in SNF. My mother has been in different SNF’s over the years, she is currently at Frey Village. She walked into that facility a year ago (Nov), she was able to come to my home for Christmas (2012) within a month they no longer allowed her to walk and she is now an invalid. Where is the true care? Where is the justice for our elderly parents, she has had to wait up to 1-2 hours to go to the bathroom.

    What rights do our elderly have ??

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-02-25 09:37

    Judy follows up with this email:

    As a follow up to my email my mother receives CAO and it should be mentioned that an individual has to reapply every year. My mother is 89 years old and mentally in great shape.

  • Lisa img 2014-02-25 09:50

    It seems that the discussion of whether $175/day or $200/day is unsustainable is missing the point. It seems to me that with our aging population that neither number is truly sustainable. The reality is that we have an ever-shrinking workforce that probably will be unable to sustain either level in the future.

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