HARRISBURG, Pa. (WTAJ) — A study was approved by the state Senate Tuesday to analyze staffing trends at nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

State Senator Judy Ward says the approved resolution will help better understand how the pandemic affected staffing at long-term care facilities and how it impacted Medicaid spending in the state.

“Throughout the Commonwealth, these facilities are struggling with both increased staffing costs and a workforce shortage,” Ward said. “To truly help them, we have to know what we are up against.”

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The resolution is being sent to the Joint State Government Commission which will also reportedly consider wage increases, nurse-to-patient ratios and the increased need for specialized staff.