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Governor's "Medicaid Listening Sessions" Update
September 17, 2005

In a September 2 Info PCPA reported that the Rendell Administration was holding listening sessions across Pennsylvania to gather ideas on ways to control Medical Assistance (MA) spending, improve MA services, and increase quality of care in preparation for the July 2006 fiscal year. The administration has stated they want to hear suggestions from varied constituencies across the commonwealth. At that time dates were tentative and the specific locations were not identified. PCPA has just received notification of the finalized dates, locations, and requirements for the meetings. These dates remain subject to change depending upon changes to panelists’ schedules. They are as follows:

September 23 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Mellon Financial Bldg, Rm 1006
2 Mellon Center
501 Grant St (old Union Trust Bldg)
September 30 Scranton Scranton Jewish Community Center
Koppelman Auditorium
601 Jefferson Ave
October 6 State College College Township Building
1481 East College Ave
October 7 Somerset Somerset Somerset County Courthouse
Courtroom #2
111 East Union St
October 14 Erie City Council Chambers
626 State St
October 21 Harrisburg (A Special Session on Long Term Care and Behavioral Health)
Temple University Harrisburg
234 Strawberry Square
October 28 Philadelphia United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania
7 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
November 3 Allentown Allentown Jewish Community Center
702 N 22nd St

The sessions are scheduled from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. with a midday break for attendees to purchase lunch. Lunch is not provided. Registration is required only at the Philadelphia session. For Philadelphia only, register attendance with the United Way at forum@uwsepa.org, 215-665-2531 (fax), or 215-665-2580 (voice). Those wishing to testify in Philadelphia must register AND follow the directions for preparing written testmony.

Individual’s wishing to testify at any of the listening tour sessions must follow these directions for preparation and submission of testimony. The Department of Public Welfare (DPW) has limited written testimony submissions to five double-spaced pages in length. Submissions must include the following:
• The city/town where you will attend the discussion.
• Your name, professional/volunteer affiliation (if any), and daytime phone number/email address.
• Whether you require any special accommodations.

Testimony must be submitted one week in advance of the panel the individual plans to attend. Testimony may be submitted via email to mapacommunications@state.pa.us, via US Postal Service to Welfare Communications Office, PO Box 2675, Harrisburg, PA 17105, or via fax (Attn: MA Panels) to 717-787-1229. Due to the late notice, there is flexibility with the deadline for the September 23 event in Pittsburgh. Testimony can be accepted up to two days prior to the event.

Because of time constraints, oral testimony will be limited. However, all written testimony will be reviewed and posted on the DPW web site. The department will notify individuals directly who are scheduled to present oral testimony during a session.

Directions to each of the sessions venues is available from the link below.

Directions to Venues Directions to all venues

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