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Transfer of funds to benefit Cedarbrook

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by Mark Reccek Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution March 8 transferring $10.6 million from the county stabilization fund to the intergovernmental transfer fund which will go directly to Cedarbrook Nursing Homes.

The bill, sponsored by Commissioner Dan Hartzell, specifically provides for the intergovernmental transfer of funds to the Department of Human Services in order to provide the non-federal share of Medical Assistance payments to nursing homes.

“By passing this ordinance, the board is approving the use of county dollars to participate in the state reimbursement program for county-owned nursing homes,” Commissioner Brad Osborne added. “The county will receive about $1.8 million more in matching funds than we sent in.”

According to Osborne, the board authorized the amount in the ordinance to receive the full benefit available.

“This program helps us fulfill our responsibility to provide Cedarbrook residents the care they deserve at the best possible cost,” Osborne added.

In other business during the meeting, the board unanimously approved a number of appointments.

Appointments include Jeffrey J. Morgan of South Whitehall Township and Linda Rosenfeld of Allentown, both to the Lehigh County Authority. Rosenfeld’s term will expire Dec. 31, 2019 and Morgan’s term will expire Dec. 31, 2022.

Lynn Crowell of Upper Macungie Township and Shilpa Kapoor-Barrantes of Allentown were also appointed to serve on the county mental health intellectual disability advisory board, with terms expiring Dec. 31, 2019.

Additionally, the board appointed Matthew Tuerk of Allentown to serve on the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority, with a term expiring Dec. 31, 2022.

The board plans to hold its next meeting 7:30 p.m. March 22 in the n the Lehigh County Government Center, 17 S. 7th St., Allentown.