PARCR - Posts Published in January 2016

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.

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LeadingAge hosting a Presidential Candidate forum

1/13/2016 - PARCR Admin

Seniors Decide 2016: What Do Presidential Candidates Say on Issues that Matter to Seniors?

by Marsha R. Greenfield, Published On: Jan 13, 2016

On February 17, LeadingAge and the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations are sponsoring Seniors Decide 2016, the only forum where all of the presidential candidates have been invited to talk about issues that are important to older adults.

The forum will be held in Arlington, VA, and streamed live throughout the country. This is a critical time in the election calendar – just before Super Tuesday, March 1, when 15 states hold their primaries.

This is your opportunity -- to urge the candidates to attend, to submit questions for the candidates, to host a watch party at your community for your residents, their families, and your staff. Help us show the campaigns the importance of addressing issues of importance to our field and the people we serve.

Go to Seniors Decide 2016 to:

  • Record a short video posing a question to the candidates that will be posted to the website.
  • Send questions to candidates.
  • Organize a watch party to participate from anywhere in the country – see the “We’ll Be Watching” page on the website and fill out the webform so we can track turnout.

As nonprofit organizations, Leadingage and its members do not campaign on behalf of candidates or make political contributions. However, we want candidates from both parties to focus on issues that matter to seniors. We want the candidates to discuss the policies they will pursue addressing these issues if they are elected.

For more information, contact Marsha Greenfield, VP of legislative affairs.

More information can be obtained at the following Link: http://www.seniorsdecide.org/

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