The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services seeks public review and comment of the proposed statewide transition plan for Home and Community-Based Settings.
On January 16, 2014, The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) in the Federal Register with an effective date of March 17, 2014. According to this final rule, states must submit a transition plan to CMS detailing how the state will operate all 1915(c) HCBS waivers in accordance with the final rule. The Department has made Pennsylvania’s proposed statewide transition plan for all ten 1915(c) Medicaid HCBS waivers available at http://www.dhs.state.pa.us/dhsorganization/officeoflongtermliving/hcbswaiver/index.htm.
The proposed statewide transition plan includes the steps the Department anticipates taking to achieve compliance in the following areas: Unallowable Settings, Settings that are Presumed not Eligible, Qualifications for all Home and Community-Based Settings, and Requirements for Provider-Owned or Controlled Home and Community-Based Residential Settings.
More information regarding Pennsylvania’s proposed statewide transition plan, including how to provide comments, can be found in thePennsylvania Bulletin, Volume 45, Number 8 published on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at http://www.pabulletin.com/secure/data/vol45/45-8/329.html.
Interested persons are invited to submit written comments regarding this notice and the proposed transition plan. Comments may be submitted to the Department at the Department’s “Final Rule Mailbox” at email@example.com. Commenters are instructed to use subject header ‘‘TP Final Rule” when submitting electronic comments. Comments may also be mailed to the Department at: David Alexander, Department of Human Services, Office of the Secretary, P.O. Box 2675, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2675. Comments must be submitted by March 22, 2015. Comments received within 30 days from the public notice will be reviewed and considered for revisions to the
amendments and the transition plan.
If you have questions contact 717-214-2283. Persons with a disability who require an auxiliary aid or service may submit comments using the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at (800) 654-5984 (TDD users) or (800) 654-5988 (voice users).
Campaign for What Works Urges Legislators to Back Jobs for Young People With Disabilities – SB200, HB400
Part-time, Summer Jobs Vital for Success after High School
The Campaign for What Works (C4WW) is urging members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly to join 50 of their colleagues to support legislation designed to ensure young people with disabilities are better prepared to work after they finish high school, through the #IWantToWork campaign.
Josie Badger of Pittsburgh, campaign manager for the #IWantToWork state campaign, an initiative of C4WW, has thanked Sen. Lisa Baker, R-Luzerne, and Rep. Mauree Gingerich, R-Lebanon, for taking the lead as the prime sponsors of SB 200 and HB 400. Sen. Baker and Rep. Gingerich chair the Senate and House committees on Labor and Industry, respectively.
When signed into law the bills will ensure young people with disabilities get part-time and summer jobs, and receive job coaching and placement services beginning at age 15 from the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. SB 200 is already co-sponsored by a majority of the 50-member Senate, including the leadership of both caucuses.
“These bills are vital to help Pennsylvania’s teenagers with disabilities get the support they need to access jobs, increasing their opportunities and the likelihood that they will enjoy a lifetime of employment,” Badger said. An initiative of the Campaign for What Works, #IWantToWork is a social media campaign managed by young people with disabilities on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
“With Pennsylvania’s declining unemployment rate and our growing workforce shortage crisis, young adults with disabilities want to work, deserve to work, and our employers need them to work,” said Badger, who lives with cerebral palsy and is a disabilities education expert at the University of Pittsburgh. She earned a Ph.D. in healthcare ethics from Duquesne University.
Approval of the legislation will:
About: #IWantToWork is an initiative of the Campaign for What Works. The Campaign for What Works builds non-partisan coalitions to support effective human services for Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens. It is a voice for common-sense solutions that work for consumers, providers, and taxpayers.
Follow the #IWanttoWork campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Madonna Long Consumer Advocate for People with Disabilities to Appear on PA Independent Living Radio Show
Madonna Long, a respected and established personality in the disability community who works with disability organizations, leaders and businesses around the United States, will appear on PA Independent Living online radio show, Friday, February 20, at 12:00 PM, to discuss her passion and work in consumer advocacy and emergency preparedness.
Madonna consults to Pride Mobility Products, VETaxi and former VPG Autos as a Consumer Advocate since 2007. She is a member of NCIL (National Council for Independent Living) and AAPD (American Association of People with Disabilities), works with disabled groups through Madonna Long Consulting LLC in public relations and marketing through Loops Media Group. She was appointed by Governor Tom Corbett to the Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Council, has received various awards from organizations in the disability community, and holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Homeland Security.
PA Independent Living Radio Show is brought to you every Friday at 12:00 pm EDT/EST by The Arc of Luzerne County.
The Autism Services, Education, Resources & Training Collaborative (ASERT) is pleased to announce the availability of a Spanish language version of its Statewide Resource Center. ASERT is the leading source of autism-related services and information in Pennsylvania and is eager to support Pennsylvanians who speak Spanish by phone, email and through resources available on the ASERT website.
The ASERT Statewide Resource Center is designed to provide streamlined access to information and resources to the tens of thousands of adults and children living with autism in Pennsylvania as well as their families, members of the communities they live in, and providers and professionals who support them.
Some common topics of ASERT resources include: new autism diagnosis, support groups and services available, transition to new grade levels in school, or to adult living or post-secondary programs after high school, grants and other funding streams, educational assistance, assistive technology, how to locate/find a service provider, evaluation information, BHRS services, applying for medical assistance, and finding other local agencies that can be of help.
The three components of the ASERT Resource Center are a statewide toll-free number and email address for live assistance, 1-877-231-4244 or ASERTespanol@PAautism.org, a website, http://www.PAautism.org, and outreach specialists available for community participation. The website offers information about local, regional and statewide events, professional training opportunities, community resources, services, current research and other information relevant to the autism community, and allows users to create free accounts to easily organize resources, events, and
training opportunities that are important to them. Many resources on PAautism.org are also available in Spanish, and ASERT is working diligently to grow the resources that are available in Spanish and in other languages.
The ASERT Statewide Resource Center, funded by the Bureau of Autism Services, PA Department of Human Services, is a key component of Pennsylvania’s strategy for supporting individuals with autism and their families throughout the Commonwealth.
Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the launch of Medicaid Expansion in Pennsylvania, ensuring hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians have greater access to the health insurance they need.
Pennsylvania will transition to a simple traditional Medicaid expansion plan. No coverage will be immediately impacted by the decision.
While the state transitions to the less complicated and simpler full Medicaid expansion, the commonwealth will continue to provide individuals with appropriate health care coverage.
“Today is the first step toward simplifying a complicated process and ensuring hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians have greater access to the health insurance they need,” said Governor Wolf. “Our approach will alleviate confusion, remove unnecessary red tape, and streamline the system so that people can see a doctor when they are sick and health care professionals have more time to concentrate on providing quality care.”
For more information visit http://healthchoicespa.com.