LIFE Program may be best option for Cambria County Seniors affected by changes in State’s Medicaid Program
About 8,000 seniors in Cambria County who receive long-term services through Medicaid will need to choose a new plan by November 15 under the State’s new Community HealthChoices Program.
The State began informing affected persons last week via mailed information about Community HealthChoices.
Community HealthChoices is a managed care program modeled after the States successful LIFE Program. The LIFE Program is an option for eligible persons age 55 and older under Community HealthChoices.
LIFE stands for Living Independence for the Elderly. The LIFE Program provides an array of healthcare and support services for Medicaid-eligible seniors 55 years and older to help them remain living in their homes and communities.
Under Community HealthChoices, persons receiving Medicaid-funded long term care services will need to choose either their local LIFE Program, or one of three state-contracted managed care organizations to coordinate their health and long-term care services. The changes will be finalized by January 1, 2018.
Senior LIFE is the local LIFE Provider in Cambria County. Located at 401 Broad Street in Johnstown, Senior LIFE has been helping southwest PA seniors live independently in their homes for more than 10 years. There are no costs for any LIFE Program service for those that are Medicaid-eligible.
To help consumers understand the changes in Medicaid and the LIFE option under Community HealthChoices, Senior LIFE will hold three informational meetings open to the public and the media.
Community HealthChoices – Senior LIFE Informational Meetings
Thurs. September 7, 2017 – 11:00 a.m.
Wed. October 18, 2017 – 6:00 p.m.
Thurs. November 2, 2017 – 2:00 p.m.
All meetings will be at Senior LIFE, 401 Broad St., Johnstown PA 15906
Those that cannot attend any of the meeting dates can schedule an appointment at a more convenient time. Transportation can be provided to the Senior LIFE Center. Senior LIFE outreach staff is also available to visit consumers in their homes.
The LIFE Program is an alternative to nursing and personal care homes. There are no costs for services for Medicaid eligible persons. Senior LIFE services are customized to meet the specific needs of each individual and include physicians and specialists, nursing care, physical, occupational and speech therapies, personal and home care, medications, meals and nutritional counseling, eye, dental and foot care, durable medical equipment, transportation and more.
For more information call 814 535-6000- or visit us online at SeniorLIFEJohnstown.com.
Faith Sobel, Marketing Coordinator, Senior LIFE PA