Legislature passes bill lowering Pioneer Home and Veteran Home rates
The legislature has unanimously passed a bill lowering Pioneer Home and Veteran Home rates, and limiting future increases to inflation.
On Wednesday, the governor’s signature passed the bill into law, reversing “massive rate increases imposed by the Department of Health and Social Services last fall” according to a joint press release issued by the legislature.
The Pioneer Home system, the first of which began in Sitka in 1913, has expended to Fairbanks, Anchorage, Ketchikan, Palmer, and Juneau. According to the same press release, “in some communities, the homes offer the only opportunity for seniors to remain in their communities with family. Pioneer Homes also provide critical dementia care that in many cases is unavailable elsewhere in the state.”
“This new law will provide stable and affordable housing for Alaska’s elders – the men and women who built our great state,” said Senate President Cathy Giessel (R – Anchorage).