Autism Services, Education, Resources & Training Collaborative (ASERT) to be Featured on PA Independent Living Radio Show
PA Independent Living online radio show - Fridays, 12:00 - 1:00 PM EST
Joelle Scholl, Statewide Resource Center Coordinator for Autism Services, Education, Resources & Training Collaborative (ASERT), will appear as guest on PA Independent Living online radio show, with The Arc of Luzerne County host Karla Porter, Friday, May 1, 12:00 - 1:00 PM EST.
ASERT is an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Office of Developmental Programs, Bureau of Autism Services, and partnership of medical centers, centers of autism research and services, universities and other providers of services involved in the treatment and care of individuals of all ages with autism and their families. The goal of the ASERT Collaborative is to provide streamlined access to information for the estimated 30,000 Pennsylvanians living with autism spectrum disorders.
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All Future Applications Will Now Go Through New System
Governor Tom Wolf today announced the successful transition of 121,234 individuals from the previous Healthy PA plan to a traditional Medicaid expansion plan called HealthChoices. This transition provides greater health care coverage in a simpler and streamlined manner to Pennsylvanians who are most in need. In addition to those existing clients who were transitioned, all future applications will now go through the new simplified HealthChoices system.
“Today is a critical step in the transition to a traditional Medicaid expansion. The changes put in place today will make it easier for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians to get access to the health care they need. These changes get rid of the unnecessary red tape and complex processes that existed in the previous system,” said Governor Tom Wolf.
The HealthChoices expansion moves Pennsylvania to a single, comprehensive Adult benefit package that provides individuals enhanced coverage for both physical and behavioral health. The Department of Human Services (DHS) completed the update to its data systems that enabled the transition to HealthChoices this weekend.
“Thank you to all the DHS staff that worked some very long hours to implement this phase of the Medicaid expansion,” said Acting DHS Secretary Ted Dallas. “Their teamwork is a great example of what the Governor means when he says that his Administration will be a government that works.”
The transition to HealthChoices is taking place in two phases, with Phase One beginning today.
“As of noon today, we have authorized 1,108 applications in the new system,” said Dallas.
Phase One implementation:
What are the next steps?
Visit www.HealthChoicesPA.com to see a copy of the notices and a draft of the new Adult benefit package.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation now offers two programs that may be of interest to participants and their families, Supports Coordination Organizations and Supports Coordinators.
The Pennsylvania Yellow Dot Program
The Pennsylvania Yellow Dot Program is a joint effort between the PA Departments of Transportation, Health and Aging, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, First Responders and local law enforcement.
Individuals participating in the program are mailed a packet including a yellow dot decal and a profile sheet. The yellow decal is placed in a vehicle’s rear window to alert first responders that information about the vehicle’s driver and/or passenger(s) can be found in the glove box. Participants are asked to complete the profile sheet which includes the participant’s name, contact information, emergency contact information, medical history and medications, allergies
and the participant’s doctor’s names. A photo of the individual (head and shoulders) is then taped to the profile sheet and placed in the Yellow Dot program folder in the glove box of the car. This enables first responders to have vital information in emergency situations where the driver or passenger is unable to speak for themselves.
More information can be found at the Yellow Dot Program Website.
Online Emergency Contact Information
Pennsylvania also offers anyone with a valid PA driver’s license or state-issued identity card the opportunity to place their emergency contact information online in a secure database. The database is accessible only to law enforcement and is a resource that is used in emergency situations where the individual cannot speak for themselves.
Find more information on this program by clicking here.
The Department of Human Services (DHS) today announced that as of April 27, 2015, it is eliminating the SNAP asset test. The elimination of the SNAP asset test will save millions in state funds and better protects Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable.
The case closures disproportionately impacted households with a disabled individual or an older Pennsylvanian.
The anticipated state savings from eliminating the asset test are $3.5 million annually. This will also remove unnecessary administrative burdens and costs to the commonwealth, as well as increased errors that could potentially result in federal sanctions for the state.
DHS will implement this policy change by issuing a letter of notification from the administration to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services (FNS).
SNAP, previously known as food stamps, is a federal program that provides monthly benefits to approximately 1.83 million low-income Pennsylvanians in need of nutrition assistance.
Information for PA Medicaid Providers
Acting Secretary of the Department of Human Services, Ted Dallas, issued on April 20, a memorandum to PA Medicaid providers informing them of changes to to the provider enrollment process. The memo stated the critical nature of good customer service in delivering quality services to clients and that DHS must, "do a better job helping providers enroll if we are going to meet that goal."
Due to changes resulting from the Affordable Care Act (ACA), if you are a provider that enrolled on or before March 25, 2011, you must be revalidated by March 24, 2016.
If you enrolled after March 25, 2011, your revalidation must occur on or before five years from the date of initial enrollment.
The information to providers also outlined the following initiatives initiatives HDS has launched to help facilitate the enrollment process:
For more information, visit www.dhs.state.pa.us/provider and click on the Provider Enrollment and Screening link.