PARCR - Posts Published in October 2016

Tidbits for the Fall of 2016

10/12/2016 - PARCR Admin

DOH releases Nursing Home Quality Improvement Task Force Report

On Oct. 4, the Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Karen Murphy, with the Department of Aging (PDA) Secretary Teresa Osborne and Attorney General Bruce Beemer, released the recommendations of the Nursing Home Quality Improvement Task Force. More...

LeadingAge PA will review the report and work with DOH as it looks to implement the recommendations of the report.

Senate and House adjourned for two weeks

Both the Senate and the House were in session the week of September 26, 2016 for three days but have now adjourned for two weeks. They will return to Harrisburg on Oct. 17 and currently have six voting session days remaining on the calendar for the 2015-16 legislative session. The 2015-16 legislative session will officially adjourn on Nov. 30. Any bills that haven’t been passed into law will “die” and will need to be reintroduced next session if they are to be considered.

Six MCOs protest DHS’ selection of Community HealthChoices vendors

Six losing bidders are protesting the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services' (DHS) selection of the three Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) that will provide long-term services and supports under the commonwealth’s Community HealthChoices program.

The MCO’s selected are:

  • AmeriHealth Caritas
  • Pennsylvania Health and Wellness(Centene)
  • UPMC for You

The protests were filed by Aetna Better Health (withdrawn), Molina Healthcare of Pennsylvania, WellCare of Pennsylvania, Gateway Health Plan, United and Geisinger.


Presentation from October Meeting

10/15/2016 - PARCR Admin

Heather Hallman, Advisor to the Governor on Food and Nutrition Programs, Department of Human Services, gave a presentation on Community Health Choices. View the slides from her presentation here (PDF).


Tidbits for Medicare Open Enrollment and Voting Information

10/28/2016 - PARCR Admin

Medicare Open Enrollment Reminder

Medicare's annual open enrollment period began Saturday, October 15th and continues until Wednesday, December 7th. Any new coverage selected takes effect January 1st, 2017. To assist beneficiaries, the Pennsylvania Department of Aging APPRISE program offers educational events and counseling. Pennsylvania's APPRISE counselors are trained to help Pennsylvanians understand their Medicare benefits, sort through their options to find the best one for them, and successfully complete the enrollment process. Upcoming events

Voting Information

You may still request an absentee ballot and also get further information on how to vote via absentee ballot. In Pennsylvania, the absentee ballot application must be requested by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1st, and received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 4th.

Pennsylvanians will be voting or U.S. president/vice-president, one of two U.S. Senate seats, U.S. House of Representatives, half of the state Senate and the entire state House of Representatives. Pennsylvanians will also be voting for state-wide offices: attorney general, auditor general and state treasurer.

Here's what you need to know about casting ballots in the upcoming election:

  • Polling times: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Polling loctions: Search your voting location on the state voting website.
  • Voter identification: Needed only if voting in a precinct for the first time.

If you have any questions, please contact Ana Meyers at (717) 790-3948 or