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Beginning in June 2023, the Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) will hold Listen and Learn sessions with OLTL program participants across the Commonwealth.

OLTL provides Medical Assistance (MA) coverage and long-term services and supports (LTSS) to seniors and adults with physical disabilities through the Community HealthChoices (CHC), OBRA, Act 150, and Living Independence for the Elderly (LIFE) programs. The office wants to hear from participants who receive services through one of these programs and will be holding Listen and Learn Sessions at the locations and times listed here. These sessions are intended for OLTL staff to hear directly from participants, advocates, and community partners, with the goal of gathering critical feedback on OLTL programs.

Members are encouraged to share this information with their clients and families so they can attend and give their feedback on OLTL programs. Some sessions will be held in-person, and some will be conducted virtually. Space may be limited, so attendees are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

Questions about these sessions should be directed to the OLTL Provider Helpline at 800-932-0939.

Senior woman with her caregiver at home

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) recently announced a fourteen-county expansion of the Living Independence For the Elderly (LIFE) program. LIFE is a long-term care program that assists seniors with living independently in their homes, while receiving services and supports that meet their health and personal needs. LIFE is one of the Commonwealth’s home and community-based services (HCBS) options that currently serves over 7,000 individuals.

The LIFE program was implemented initially in 1998, and is known in other states across the nation as the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). In order to be eligible for the LIFE program, an individual must be 55 or older, meet the level of care for a skilled nursing facility or special rehabilitation facility, and be able to be safely served in the community.

Through this expansion, LIFE programs will be established in the following counties: Bradford, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Clearfield, Elk, Fulton, Jefferson, Monroe, Potter, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, and Wayne. Contact Melissa Dehoff, RCPA Rehabilitation Services Director, with questions.