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OMHSAS Issues FAQs on HealthChoices Behavioral Health Expedited Enrollment
January 6, 2005

The Department of Public Welfare (DPW), Office of Medical Assistance Programs has issued a frequently asked question (FAQ) and answer document: Expedited Enrollment for the HealthChoices Behavioral Health Program Provider FAQ. The document answers some basic questions about expedited enrollment, which became effective January 1. This process enrolls an individual in the HealthChoices behavioral health managed care organization on the system date, the date that Medical Assistance eligibility is determined and the information is entered into the Client Information System, eliminating the 30-45 day waiting period that previously delayed access to service. A process for expedited enrollment for HealthChoices physical health enrollments is scheduled to be implemented on March 1. The document should soon be posted to the DPW web site “What’s New?” section, www.dpw.state.pa.us/omap/news/omapnews.asp. Please contact Betty Simmonds at PCPA with questions.

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