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Update

The Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) has updated the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Medical Assistance (MA) Fee Schedule. The updates reflect the fee schedule rates for Personal Assistance Services (PAS) procedure codes W1793, W1793 TT, W1792, and W1792 TU in the referenced Pennsylvania Bulletin below.

The updated OLTL HCBS MA Fee Schedule (effective January 1, 2022) may be found here. The new rates for the OBRA Waiver and Act 150 Program were announced in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on November 6, 2021, in the Volume 51, Number 45 issue and can be found here.

Questions related to this update should be directed to the OLTL Provider Inquiry Line at 800-932-0939, option 2, Monday–Friday between 9:00 am–12:00 pm and 1:00 pm–4:00 pm.

Message from ANCOR: 

The White House just released its framework for the Build Back Better Agenda this morning. The framework includes $150 billion for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services. There is still no legislative text available for the budget reconciliation bill, which is how Congress will move forward this framework. Negotiations are still ongoing. We will continue to update you as we know more.

We are encouraged that reports indicate that HCBS funding will be included in the final bill. But we want to make sure we don’t let up on our advocacy in this final stretch!

Please join us TODAY as we participate in a Day of Action along with our coalition partners from disability, aging, and labor groups.

  • Please take action with our latest action alert and ask your members of Congress to support increased funding for HCBS. And please continue to share this widely with your networks!
  • Take a moment to engage on social media. You can tweet your members of Congress by using the directory linked here. Sample social media posts are below.

Here are some sample tweets you can use:

  • #Medicaid #HCBS is key to including ppl w/ #disabilities in the community, but the direct support workforce is in crisis. Read more from ANCOR about this devastating crisis and why #CareCantWait:bit.ly/3ASgUH9
  • Funding for home & community-based services is essential to the health and well-being of people w/ disabilities, but the #HCBS direct care workforce has been underfunded for too long. Congress must invest now because #CareCantwait bit.ly/3ASgUH9
  • Without funding for #Medicaid #HCBS, it’s only a matter of time before people w/ disabilities completely lose access to the options and resources needed to remain in their homes and in the community. Fund HCBS because #CareCantWait
  • 81% of American voters support increased funding for home & community-based services. Support funding for #Medicaid #HCBS now. #CareCantWait
  • “We have to look at how we are going to provide services for our most vulnerable adults and children in the coming decades, and we need to create a long-term, sustainable solution for that.” #HCBSCantWait bit.ly/3jDoS0b
  • Please support including HCBS funding in the Build Back Better Act to ensure people w/ disabilities & their families do not lose access to the options and resources needed to remain in their homes and in the community. #CareCantWait
  • Congress must include funding for HCBS in the budget reconciliation bill. People like Brandon depend on it. #HCBSCantWait RT twitter.com/POTUS/status/1451544259992203266

You are also encouraged to tweet your own stories. Below are additional hashtags to use:

  • #CareCantWait
  • #BuildBackBetter
  • #HCBSCantWait

We also wanted to make sure we shared with you ANCOR’s letter sent to Congressional leadership yesterday in a final push to support increased funding for HCBS.

Thanks for all of your hard work and please keep it going!

Here are the resources from the White House:

FACT SHEET

MICROSITE
The Build Back Better Framework: President Biden’s Plan to Rebuild the Middle Class

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Elise Aguilar
Director of Advocacy
ANCOR
Alexandria, VA
(703) 535-7850
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Donna Martin
Director for State Partnerships and Special Projects
ANCOR
1101 King Street, Suite 380
Alexandria, VA 22314
Office: 703.535.7850 x116
Direct Line: 571.781.0456

RCPA would like to thank all sponsors and golfers who donated and participated in the RCPA PAC Golf Outing this year held on Monday, September 27, 2021 at the Hershey Country Club. This year’s golf event raised over $6,500 for the PAC!

Tournament Sponsors
Erie County Care Management, Inc.
Inperium, Inc.

Beverage Cart/Beverage Hole Sponsors
Brier Dlugolecki Strategies
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

 Golf Hole Sponsors
Ceisler Media & Issue Advocacy
Comprehensive Financial Associates, Inc. and PA Pension Planners, Inc.
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health
enkompas Technology Solutions
Fulton Bank
Hearten
Novak Strategic Advisors
Pinnacle Treatment Centers, Inc.
Wojdak Government Relations

 Their support was crucial for the success of this event.

Winning Golf Team:   Inperium, Inc.
Mark Kellenberger, John Baranowski, Joe Baranowski, and Jeremy Baranowski

Longest Putt:             Charles Barber, Erie County Care Management, Inc.
Closest to the Pin:     Andrew Wigglesworth, Wojdak Government Relations
Longest Drive:           Jeremy Baranowski, Inperium, Inc.
Putting Contest:        Ken Healy, Hope Enterprises, Inc.

As you know, financial support to the RCPA PAC helps us continue our mission of supporting campaigns of state legislators and representatives who advance our interests on health & human services issues. The funds raised through RCPA PAC can make a difference. Being involved in RCPA PAC allows you to help make decisions on who the committee supports and helps to identify those who will join in our successes.

Thank you once again for your generous support and contributions. Please contact Jack Phillips, Director of Government Affairs, for further information on PAC.

The Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) has issued a notice announcing the extension of various regulatory provisions under the state disaster emergency declaration that are currently in effect and which were set to expire on September 30, 2021. These are now extended until further notice. A list of the regulations that were suspended in whole or in part and their current status is available here.