HARRISBURG – Hundreds of Pennsylvanians would have better access to ventilator and tracheostomy care under legislation approved by the PA Senate. Senate Bill 108 would dedicate additional Medicaid funding to facilities that serve a substantial number of patients who require ventilator or tracheostomy care. Bill sponsor, Sen. Camera Bartolotta said that because Medicaid does not reimburse providers for all the additional expenses that these patients incur, many providers face the prospect of limiting or eliminating services for these patients. Bartolotta added that without legislative action, patients could be forced to travel long distances to one of the dwindling number of nursing homes that offer these services, or receive care in a hospital, where the daily cost of care is roughly four times higher than in a nursing home. Senate Bill 108 now goes to the state House.

SEN. CAMERA BARTOLOTTA