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September Wrap Up Tidbits

9/30/2015 - Laura Paist

MLTSS (now Community Health Choices) concept paper comment deadline is October 16

Healthcare is being transformed in Pennsylvania and will soon change how seniors receive long-term care.

The Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Pennsylvania Department of Aging (PDA) are accepting comments on the recently released concept paper on Community Health Choices (CHC), the new name for Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS). Some changes have been made from the discussion document, including allowing LIFE program participants to choose whether or not to be enrolled in CHC, and excluding non-Medicaid recipients of the Act 150 program. The comment period deadline is October 16. LeadingAge PA’s Managed Care Task Force will review the document and provide comments to DHS. LeadingAge PA encourages members to check the state’s MLTSS/Community HealthChoices webpage for updates.

Please check out the concept paper at the DHS website.

Anne Henry plans to discuss Community Health Choices at the October 14, 2015 Quarterly Meeting at Messiah Village. Feel free to contact Anne Henry at (717) 790-3949 or <> with your questions or comments.

Pennsylvania Budget

On September 18, the Senate passed an $11 billion stopgap budget measure, SB 1000 by Senator Browne (R – Lehigh), along party lines with a final vote of 30 to 19. On September 24, in a 117-to-83 vote along party lines, the House passed the $11 billion stopgap budget measure, SB 1000 by Senator Browne. As expected, on September 29 Governor Wolf vetoed the $11 billion stopgap budget. This legislation would have provided four months of funding retroactive to July 1, the start of the current fiscal year, for human services agencies, local government and school districts, and would have allowed the state to release $24 billion in federal funds that have been held up by the budget impasse. Negotiations between the governor and the Republican majority leaders continue as they work toward a compromise budget for the entire 2015-2016 state fiscal year. A meeting reportedly took place September 28; however, there were no major breakthroughs.

The LeadingAge PA Government Affairs team will continue to monitor the budget process and update members as new information becomes available.


Tidbits for the New Year

1/5/2016 - Laura Paist

Here is the latest information on the PA Budget and Community Health Choices from LeadingAge PA:

Nothing new regarding the PA budget

There is nothing new on the budget front since Dec. 29, 2015, when Governor Wolf used his line-item veto power on the barebones FY 2015-16 budget passed by the General Assembly. The vetoed budget allowed for the release of six months’ worth of emergency funding for basic education, as well as funding for counties and human services. Even though the governor has strongly urged the General Assembly to come back to Harrisburg to continue budget discussions, it is uncertain what will happen next in the budget process. The Senate did, however, hold a brief session on Jan. 5 during which they re-elected Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Cameron, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, Mckean, Potter, Tioga) as President Pro Tempore. The Senate will not return to Harrisburg until Jan. 19. The House is scheduled to be in session on Jan. 11 and 12. No other session days have been announced for 2016. The LeadingAge PA Government Affairs team will continue to monitor the budget process and will provide updates to members as new information becomes available.

CHC materials released for public comment.

The Department of Human Services and the Department of Aging released additional draft agreement materials related to the request for proposal to procure Community HealthChoices (CHC). This December-released set of documents includes draft information regarding prior authorization guidelines, quality management and utilization management program requirements, critical incident reporting, and performance measures, among other topics. LeadingAge PA, working with its Managed Care Task Force, will review and comment on this December release of the draft agreement materials.

The Department of Human Services and the Department of Aging announced the agenda for an additional series of meet and greet opportunities with managed care organizations interested in the commonwealth’s proposed Community HealthChoices (CHC) Managed Long Term Services and Supports program. Of special interest to members are the Jan. 13 session from 3:00-5:30 p.m., which includes a discussion of housing opportunities, and the Jan. 14 session from 8:30-11:00 a.m., focused on consumers of Medical Assistance long term services and supports. The programs will be held at the Hilton Harrisburg. A copy of the agenda for both days is available here.