Consolidation Proposed for PA Human Services Agencies

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Governor Tom Wolf is proposing that four Pennsylvania agencies be consolidated into a new Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The merger would involve the current Departments of Aging (PDA), Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), Health (DOH), and Human Services (DHS). According to a press release issued by the Governor’s office: Seniors will also […]

PACE (LIFE) Program Rules Being Updated

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PACE is a Medicare and Medicaid funded program that provides comprehensive medical and social services to enable older adults to live in the community instead of a nursing home. Pennsylvania has been a national leader in promoting the PACE concept. On a national level, the program is referred to as PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care […]

PA Provides Details of Coming Shift to Managed Long Term Care

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In February 2015, Pennsylvania Governor Wolf directed the Departments of Human Services (DHS) and Aging to develop a plan to shift Pennsylvania’s method of administering Medicaid Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) to a managed care model. This means that the Pennsylvania will soon begin to hire private insurers (managed care organizations or “MCOs”) to […]

Support for Grandparents Raising a Grandchild

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Raising a grandchild creates unique legal, financial, medical, educational and family issues for the grandparent. Unfortunately, grandparents may lack easy access to the information and support they need to fulfill their caregiver role. If you are a Northeastern Pennsylvania grandparent raising a grandchild you are fortunate that information and support is available to you through […]

Senior Centers Foster Health and Wellness

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Senior community centers are widely used by America’s older adults. Nationally, 11,400 senior centers serve more than 1 million older adults every day. But many seniors who could benefit from the programs and services have never been in one. Senior community centers are a gateway to services that allow seniors to stay healthy and independent, […]