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MA Co-pay Family Impact Survey
September 6, 2011

As part of the 2011/12 Pennsylvania Budget, the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) has initiated plans to charge co-payments for some Medicaid (MA) services. Children with disabilities covered by MA in the PH-95 category (sometimes called “loophole")  whose family income is more than 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines (or about $45,000 a year for a family of four) are likely to see new co-pays. At this point DPW is still deciding how to implement the co-payments.

Several advocacy organizations, the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Academy of Pediatrics, and PCPA are working with the Pennsylvania Health Law Project (PHLP) in an effort to show DPW what families spend out-of-pocket now and what the impact of co-payments might look like. Provider agencies are asked to share the survey link below with families of children or youth under age 21 who are:

  • Covered by Medicaid in the PH-95 category, and
  • Whose family income is more than 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines (or about $45,000 a year for a family of four).

Please note that not all families receiving community services (e.g. early intervention, behavioral health rehabilitative services, family based, residential treatment) need to complete the survey. Providers may let families know that the survey does not collect any information that can be used to identify individuals. Only summaries of the collected information will be shared with DPW. 

The survey can be accessed at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/S7JLQ88. Questions from providers or families may be directed to Ann Bacharach, special projects director, PHLP (215-625-3596, x101 or abacharach@phlp.org).

 

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