UCP Central PA Advocates for the Independence, Full Citizenship, Development, and Support of Individuals with Disabilities

UCP of Central Pennsylvania is an advocate for federal and state legislation and initiatives that promote the independence, full citizenship, development, and support of people with disabilities.

Promoting Independence, Full Citizenship, Development and Support

To that end, we encourage site visitors to join us in advancing our efforts to secure equal and unhindered access to education, employment, transportation, public accommodations, and government services for individuals with disabilities and to support our cause on disability-related issues such as accessibility, equality, and inclusion. We seek meaningful reform through several avenues: legislative advocacy, administrative advocacy, and public awareness and education.

We direct your attention to the following action alerts

The Office of Long Term Living (OLTL) has posted to its website an updated Global Corrective Action Plan for its Medicaid waivers for home and community based services (HCBS). It shows the progress made on a large number of tasks for all the OLTL HCBS waivers. Review the plan by following the link on each waiver .

review the plan

The Office of Long Term Living has submitted waiver amendments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). These changes are needed to conform to the Financial Management Services (FMS) changes. Financial Management Services are the payroll and other supports given to consumers who employ their own attendants. For many years, consumers have had a choice of FMS provider. The Department of Public Welfare is negotiating with PCG, Public Partnerships, LLC (PPL) to be the vendor to which the current FMS providers will transition all of their consumers. Public Partnerships will begin October 1, 2012 for new participants and January 1, 2013 for all participants enrolled in participantdirected model of service.

In the August 11, 2012 Pennsylvania Bulletin, the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) published new rules that establish copayments for some Medicaid services to children with disabilities whose household income is above 200% of the Federal poverty income guidelines based on family size. Some services will have fixed copayments and others will use a sliding scale based on the Medical Assistance fee for the service. The provider will collect the copayments and the amount will be deducted from the payment due to the provider from DPW. The providers may not deny covered care or services, nor may they waive or reduce the copayment.

These changes are planned for October 1, 2012, for new families and November 1, 2012, for existing families.

UPDATE: DPW Suspends Medical Assistance Co-payment Collection Plan

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Effective July 1, Community Choice is no longer available to consumers trying to get into Waiver programs. Community Choice had been available in some counties to allow Waiver applications to be expedited when an individual was at imminent risk for placement in a nursing home or other type of facility. Community Choice also allowed Waiver services to start within 24 to 72 hours to prevent people from being institutionalized and allowing them to stay in the community.

This means that before consumers can begin to receive services through a Waiver program, their Waiver applications must first be approved by the County Assistance Office (which can take 30 days) and the Office of Long Term Living (OLTL), followed by the development of service plans which must be approved by OLTL. As a result, new Waiver recipients may wait several weeks, or months, before any services can begin.

In cases where an individual is trying to transition from a nursing home or hospital back to the community, the service plan cannot be developed until they are in the community. Once the plan is developed, it must be sent to OLTL for review and approval. Advocates are concerned that these delays in getting Waiver services approved and started will result in more people going to a nursing home if they need immediate services, or in people being unable to leave nursing homes to return to the community. (Thanks to PA Health Law Project’s Senior Health News for this information.)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services has made a new resource available on the growth of Medicaid managed long-term services and supports (MLTSS). The 2012 MLTSS Environmental Scan includes an inventory of all MLTSS programs that had been implemented as of June 2012, and a projection of programs planned through January 2014. The report includes State-by-state results.

view the 136 page report

We also collaborate with various local and state organizations

  • Policy Information Exchange (sponsored by the Developmental Disabilities Council)
  • Disability Rights Network
  • The ARC of Pennsylvania

We encourage you to contact your state and national legislators on issues of importance to you

  • Pennsylvania General Assembly
  • United States House of Representatives
  • United States Senate

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