Harrisburg, PA - The Department of Human Services (DHS) today announced an initiative included in Governor Wolf’s FY 2018-19 budget proposal to support Pennsylvania seniors and individuals with physical disabilities. The proposed budget will allow individuals to play an active role in selecting their health care plans and access to community-based, long-term care.
Since 2015, Governor Wolf’s home and community-based services investments for seniors and individuals with physical disabilities have grown by $800 million. The proposed FY 18-19 budget includes over $69 million for the continuing rollout and implementation of Community HealthChoices (CHC), Pennsylvania’s Medical Assistance managed care program for individuals with physical disabilities and seniors. CHC rolled out in the Southwest on January 1, 2018, and phased rollout will continue throughout the commonwealth through January 1, 2020.
“The department has seen great success with the CHC rollout in the Southwest,” Miller said. “We take pride in the fact that over 40 percent of individuals proactively selected a managed care plan that best fits their needs, as opposed to being auto-assigned. This exceeds the national average of 20 percent for such programs. We look forward to expanding the service offerings throughout the commonwealth.”
CHC, as a program, was developed in partnership between the commonwealth’s Department of Aging and Department of Human Services and included ideas and components from hundreds of stakeholders, including the Area Agencies on Aging, senior and disability advocates, providers, future program participants, and participant caregivers.
Once it is fully implemented, CHC will give Pennsylvanians access to high quality, coordinated health care to meet their needs in their homes and communities with the added bonus of providing the commonwealth with more budget predictability for the delivery of care to these populations.
For more information on Governor Wolf’s 2018-19 proposed budget, visit budget.pa.gov.
For more information CHC, visit dhs.pa.gov.
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