PHLP News Archive

2015 News

Free Training Opportunity for Navigators and Assisters

In upcoming trainings in Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh, staff from the Pennsylvania Health Law Project will provide navigators and assisters with the eligibility criteria for Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities (MAWD) and help them compare health insurance options for adults with disabilities and chronic health conditions. People with disabilities and their caretakers are welcome to register as well.

For dates and details on how to register, click here.

Forum on Community HealthChoices (formerly MLTSS)

The Department of Human Services (DHS) released its Concept Paper on the Community HealthChoices Program for Managed Care Long Term Services and Supports (MLTSS). DHS is seeking public comments, and the Disability Rights Network of PA and the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University are hosting a public forum to assist those submitting comments.

PHLP Attorney David Gates will present details of the paper and those areas that advocates may want to look at more closely. The forum will take place on October 5th from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. It will be presented at Temple University in Harrisburg and broadcast as a webinar. Registration is now open for the webinar and for the in-person presentation.

ABC’s of Managed Care and What it Might Mean for Home & Community-Based Services

Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services (DHS) seeks public comment by July 15 on a discussion document issued on Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS).

PHLP Senior Attorney David Gates presented on key differences between MLTSS and Pennsylvania’s current fee-for-service system, giving stakeholders information on core concepts, existing models and relevant information.

A video of the presentation can be viewed here.

PHLP Releases Medical Assistance Eligibility Manual

PHLP has expanded and updated its Medical Assistance Eligibility Manual. Intended for health care advocates and the general public, this manual describes eligibility for Pennsylvania’s Medicaid Assistance (or Medicaid) program in plain language. Readers will learn Medicaid coverage “categories” as well as the program’s income and resource counting rules.

The updated Medical Assistance Eligibility Manual can be found here.

Wolf Administration Announces Transition Plan for Traditional Medicaid Expansion

Governor Wolf has announced his plan to wind down the Private Coverage Option that was created as part of former Governor Corbett’s alternative expansion. He will also abandon his predecessor’s benefit package reforms and instead create a single benefit package for adults. This 60-second video explains the transition to a traditional Medicaid expansion.



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