Lehigh Valley

Increased financial support going to Cedarbrook Nursing Homes

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - One Lehigh County Commissioner said he believes Cedarbrook Nursing Homes will benefit from a Pennsylvania program that has made a comeback.

During Wednesday night's meeting, commissioners approved an ordinance sponsored by Commissioner Dan Hartzell to transfer funds to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. The DHS has re-established a funding mechanism to provide increased financial support to county nursing facilities, such as Cedarbrook, under the Commonwealth's Medical Assistance.

The new funding mechanism requires the cooperation and participation of county governments across the state. Specifically, counties would transfer funds to the DHS and the DHS, in turn, will increase payments to county nursing facilities, such as Cedarbrook Nursing Homes.

On Wednesday night, commissioners approved the transfer of $10.6 million from the stabilization fund to the intergovernmental transfer fund to participate.

"This is a terrific program," said Hartzell. "We're glad it's back."

In other business, commissioners approved a donation of a video scoreboard now at Coca Cola Park to the Velodrome Fund. The scoreboard is being replaced and has been determined to be of no financial value to the county.

In addition, the legislative body approved five separate appointments: Jeffrey Morgan and Linda Rosenfeld were appointed to the Lehigh County Authority; Lynn Crowell and Shiilpa Kapoor-Barrantes to the Lehigh County Mental Health/Intellectual Disability Advisory Board; and Matthew Tuerk was appointed to the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority.


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