Pennsylvania Postpones Phase 2 and Phase 3 Rollout of Community HealthChoices.

“Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) Acting Secretary Teresa Miller and Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne sent a message to stakeholders updating the Community HealthChoices (CHC) implementation timeline.

“CHC is the commonwealth’s new managed long-term services and supports program for older Pennsylvanians and individuals with physical disabilities and is being implemented in three phases. For Phase 1, notices have been mailed to participants in the 14 counties in the Southwest Zone to inform them that they will move to CHC on January 1, 2018. Phase 1 is expected to include approximately 80,000 people.

“The deadline for Phase 1 participants to select an MCO is November 13th; currently around 25 percent of eligible members have already made a plan choice. Secretaries Miller and Osborne say they are “confident” in the Phase 1 rollout, but would prefer more time to adjust based on lessons learned for Phases 2 and 3. The commonwealth has decided to shift the implementation dates for the next two phases of CHC. The new start dates are as follows: Phase 2 will now begin on January 1, 2019, instead of July 1, 2018; Phase 3 will now begin on January 1, 2020, instead of January 1, 2019.”

SOURCE: HMA Weekly Roundup

According to this news release from the Hospital Health System of Pennsylvania, Two days ago “the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) announced that it is delaying the start dates for Phases 2 and 3 of Community HealthChoices (CHC), Pennsylvania’s new Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) program.

“DHS says it wants to learn from the Phase 1 rollout and allow time to make any necessary adjustments before implementing further phases.

“Phase 1 is scheduled to begin in 14 counties in the Southwest Zone on January 1, 2018. Notices have been sent to about 80,000 people and an independent enrollment broker is helping them to choose one of three statewide managed care organizations (AmeriHealth Caritas, PA Health & Wellness (Centene) or UPMC Community Health Choices) for their MLTSS needs. If no selection is made by November 13, 2017, people will be automatically enrolled in one of the three plans for this coverage. They may then elect to change plans.

“The new start dates for the other phases are:

  • Phase 2––January 1, 2019, instead of July 1, 2018
  • Phase 3––January 1, 2020, instead of January 1, 2019

“CHC is designed to help older Pennsylvanians and individuals with physical disabilities remain in their homes instead of going to facilities for care. CHC will provide coverage for people who are 21 or older and have both Medicare and Medicaid, or receive long-term supports through Medicaid––help with bathing, dressing, preparing meals, and administering medications. When CHC is fully implemented in 2020, about 420,000 Pennsylvanians will be enrolled.”

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