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PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE, HEALTH AND WELFARE COMMITTEE TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING ON NURSING HOMES IN PHILADELPHIA

 HARRISBURG, Pa., March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- State Rep. David P. Richardson Jr., chairman of the House Health and Welfare Committee, today announced that the committee will hold a public hearing on "Creating and Preserving Nursing Home Beds in the Community."
 The hearing will take place at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 25, and will be held in the boardroom of Hahnemann University, located on the 19th floor of the New College Building, 245 N. 15th St., (15th Street at Vine) in Philadelphia.
 "The real issue facing the committee is that our elderly is the fastest-growing population in the country," Richardson said, "but Philadelphia has been losing nursing home beds due to a series of closings and bankruptcies. There is an ever-growing waiting list and the need to expand access to community-based care."
 "The other issue of concern to the committee is that those involved in the Medical Assistance program -- the poor, particularly African- Americans and other minorities -- are unable to get into long-term care facilities," Richardson stated.
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 /Editors: On Friday, March 26, the committee will take several unannounced tours of nursing homes in the Philadelphia area. Members of the media are welcome to join this tour, which will depart from state Rep. Tony Williams' district office at 10 a.m. Williams' office is located at 835 S. 59th Street in Philadelphia./
 /CONTACT: Mary Hicks of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 717-787-7895/


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