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PCA releases summary of its public hearing testimony and responses

On Oct. 11, PCA held a public hearing to obtain comment on its 2017-18 fiscal year budget. At the hearing, PCA President and CEO Holly Lange noted that PCA has flat funding for the next fiscal year “and we have to make do with what we have.” She expressed gratitude for the PCA providers, such as home care providers and senior centers, who work within PCA’s funding limits.

Some of the challenges that result from this zero increase:

  • There are currently 1,700 people on the waiting list for PCA’s Options program, which is a state-funded program through the PA Lottery that provides in-home care to seniors that meet financial and clinical criteria. That waiting list will grow unless more funding becomes available.
  • PCA has received no new money for transportation, while SEPTA has raised the cost of its Shared Ride services. Therefore, to help defray its share of the increased cost, the number of rides PCA funds will be reduced by 30,000 rides this year.
  • PCA can provide limited funds to help senior centers with increased operating costs or needed capital improvements.

Key topics from the meeting included:

  • PCA’s efforts to work creatively with its providers to help them operate within budgetary limitations.
  • Through a $300,000 grant made over three years, PCA’s Housing Department will provide repairs and modifications to an additional 204 homes to help seniors remain in their homes.
  • PCA is developing a meal choice initiative for its Aging Waiver home-delivered meals consumers and is currently piloting the program in South Philadelphia.
  • The state will enroll all Aging Waiver participants in Community HealthChoices (CHC) through three managed care organizations: UPMC for You, PA Health and Wellness (Centene) and AmeriHealth Caritas. PCA will have service coordination contracts with all three MCOs. PCA will be very involved in outreach and education regarding the transition from the Aging Waiver program to CHC. PCA will also be proposing to provide home-delivered meals and home modifications/minor repairs to MCOs on behalf of their consumers.

To read the full 2017 PCA Public Hearing testimony and responses, Click here>>