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Senior Care Agency, Neighborly Home Care Presents the Negative Consequences That Governor Tom Wolf’s Actions Will Have on Home Care

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has recently announced that he will be making three major changes that could have a negative impact on senior care services.

  1. A New Sales Tax

In an effort to decrease school property taxes, the Governor is proposing to increase the current state sales tax rate from 6% to 6.6%. Additionally, he is proposing to eliminate the sales tax exemption on home healthcare services. This would increase the cost of someone receiving home care services 40 hours a week by about $50.

  1. The Unionization of Participant-Directed Workers

Additionally, on February 27th of this year, the Governor signed an Executive Order allowing for the unionization of home care workers, excluding workers who work on behalf of agencies. Once in place, the next step could possibly be the unionization of all home-care workers, which would likely to an increase in costs for consumers of home care services.

  1. Online Home Worker Registry

Governor Wolf has also passed legislation that will amend the Older Adult Protective Services Act (OSPSA) and will create an online home care worker registry. This could reduce or eliminate the important role home care agencies play in screening, training and supervising home care workers.

To learn more about Neighborly Home Care and the changes that may affect senior care in the future, visit their website today at

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