Next Monday, the Pioneer Home in Juneau plans to expand its visitations from one family member to two family members per household.
Last year’s rate hikes more than doubled rates for some residents at Alaska’s six state-run long-term care facilities.
To limit the spread of the COVID-19, Bartlett Regional Hospital has a “no visitor” policy in effect as of 3 p.m. on Wednesday. But the hospital is making some exceptions.
One subset of Alaskans is particularly at risk from the coronavirus – the elderly – and that has Anchorage facilities that serve senior citizens on high alert.
In September, the lowest-paying residents saw their rates jump by about $1,000. But rates for some residents requiring more intense care jumped by more than $6,000.
Three Alaska Pioneer Homes residents are suing Gov. Mike Dunleavy and the state, seeking to block a sudden rate increase that would more than double the cost of staying at the homes.
Depending on the level of care, a resident could see their monthly rate more than double.
A proposal to more than double the monthly costs for most residents in Alaska Pioneer Homes met with stiff opposition during recent public testimony on the issue.
Residents and staff at the Palmer and Juneau Pioneer Homes, the state-run senior-care facilities, have been put on notice that a budget battle in the Alaska legislature is threatening to displace them.
When the Alaska Legislature convenes later this month, it will consider a budget that makes no further cuts to Alaska’s Pioneer Homes.