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.