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Integrated Care Initiative Listening Sessions
July 10, 2009

The Office of Long Term Living (OLTL) has scheduled a series of listening sessions for public input on the Integrated Care Initiative for persons who are at least 60 years of age and dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. This is a voluntary program offered through Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plans to cover medical care and services, in-home care, nursing home care, prescription drugs, and medical equipment. Behavioral health needs and services for intellectual disabilities are excluded. OLTL and the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services are considering how to incorporate behavioral health services, now paid mainly through HealthChoices, into the initiative in the future. The information which follows is from the invitation issued by OLTL. Please consider attending a session and providing comment, particularly about how behavioral health services should be addressed.

 Come and Learn More About the State's Integrated Care Initiative
Listening Sessions

The Department of Aging and Office of Long-Term Living are working with Medicare Advantage plans in the state to develop a new voluntary option that would be offered through existing Medicare managed care plans. It is for people who are at least 60 years old and who receive both Medicare and Medicaid. It’s called the “Integrated Care Initiative.” This program will cover the costs of most of Medicare and Medicaid services including medical services, in-home care, nursing home care, prescription drugs, and medical equipment. We want to hear from you on how this program should work. The state knows that Medicare and Medicaid do not always work well together and can be confusing and difficult for consumers and family members. For example, consumers might experience the following problems:

  • Doctors and other providers might be confused about which program pays for services.
  • Consumers might be getting bills they should not get.
  • Consumers are sometimes asked the same questions over and over again because no one is helping coordinate all of their services.

Listening sessions are scheduled to tell you more about this program and to hear your questions and concerns. We hope you or a family member can attend. Here are some things we would like to know about:

  • Have you been having trouble getting your health care or helping someone else get their health care from Medicare and Medicaid?
  • After learning about this new program, what would be the best way to provide you with more information - US mail, email, phone call, or more meetings?
  • Should we hire people to explain the advantages and disadvantages of this new program as compared to current services?
  • Should we also hire people to help people who have problems getting services from this new program?
  • What services are important to you?
  • Should people already in a Medicare Advantage plan be automatically enrolled in this new program or should they have to tell us first that they want to enroll? (They can always opt out.)

Listening sessions are listed below. Each meeting begins at 9:00 a.m. and will end by 12:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Friday, August 7 
(Philadelphia County)                   
Philadelphia Senior Center  
509 S Broad St        
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Monday, August 10
(Beaver County)
Circle of Friends - Baden
The corners of Lindmore and Wayne Sts
Baden,PA 15005

Tuesday, August 11               
(Allegheny County)                        

Vintage Senior Center                    
401 N Highland Ave           
Pittsburgh, PA 15206  

Friday, August 14
(Lancaster County)

Lancaster Farm & Home Care Center
1383 Arvcadia Rd
Lancaster, PA 17601

Monday, August 17                                              
(Westmoreland County)          
Westmoreland Community College      
Science Hall 10100                 
145 Pavilion Lane                           
Youngwood, PA 15697

Wednesday, August 26
(Philadelphia County)

JCC's Kline Branch Center & Russian Satellite
Jamieson Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19166

Friday, August 28                                  
(Northampton County)           
Hispanic Senior Center                   
520 E Fourth St                               
Bethlehem, PA 18015-1804          

Monday, August 31
(Conference Call)

Dial-in: 800-706-7745
Passcode: 341-064-31
TTY Users: 800-654-5984

How you can attend: Register at least two days before the session with your name, the session you plan to attend, and whether you plan to comment, using one of the following methods:

  • Phone (toll free): 877-591-6826 TTY Users: 800-654-5984
  • Email:           RA-IntegratedCareComments@state.pa.us
  • Mail:             Office of Long-Term Living, Attention: Listening Sessions, PO Box 2675, Harrisburg, PA 17105

How you can get more information about ICI: On the web at http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/about/oltl/snp  or by phone at 877-591-6826.

We want to hear your thoughts on this new program to make sure it meets your needs.

 

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