Ithaca, N.Y. (WENY) - Senator Tom O'Mara met with residents of the Cayuga Nursing & Rehabilitation Center today to talk with them about his desire to increase the state Medicaid Personal Needs Allowance (PNA) for nursing home residents.
In New York, the PNA for nursing home residents is $50 a month. That number was set in 1981. Over that period, the cost of living has increased 275%.
O'Mara would like to raise the PNA from $50 to $75. He says, "I've been working with my colleagues in the legislature for several years now trying to get an increase, a reasonable increase so that these individuals have a little more personal dignity, self respect, the ability to get some small things for themselves in the situations that they're in."
O'Mara says that it is important for him to talk to the people this change would affect. He says, "So it's very important that I get out and meet these individuals and it's important that I hear their personal stories because that helps me work on their behalf in Albany to help affect this change."