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July 28, 2022
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A Retirement Farewell to David Gates

The Pennsylvania Health Law Project (PHLP) is at once happy and sad to announce the retirement of one of our organization’s co-founders, David Gates, Esq.

During his three decades with PHLP, David provided legal counseling and representation to tens of thousands of individuals across the state, helping them get and keep health care coverage and services. David devoted his entire professional life to organizations like ours which are committed to advocating for the health and well-being of vulnerable populations, having worked, prior to PHLP, for the Bucks County Welfare Rights Organization, Bucks County Legal Aid, the late Pennsylvania State Senator Roxanne Jones of Philadelphia, and the National Health Law Program (NHeLP).
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COVID-related Public Health Emergency (PHE) Extended Into October

As expected, the COVID-related Public Health Emergency (PHE) was extended for another 90 days on July 15, 2022. It is now set to expire on October 13, 2022, unless renewed again.  The federal Department of Health and Human Services has previously stated that they will give states 60-days’ notice of the end of the PHE (i.e., if the PHE is not going to be extended again).
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Certain Medicaid Consumers Must Select New Health Plan by August 16th

On September 1, 2022, the Medicaid physical health plans available in Pennsylvania are changing. Over 400,000 people on Medicaid will need to choose a new health plan by August 16th. The other 2.3 million people on Pennsylvania's Medicaid program will have the option to choose a new plan if they wish. In preparation for this transition, PHLP is co-hosting a virtual information session with the Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN) on August 10th at 2:00 PM. This information session is open to consumers, providers, and advocates. Register for the information session here.
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Getting Ready for the End of the Shift Nursing Freeze: Prior Authorization Packets

As previously reported, the freeze on prior authorization requirements for pediatric shift nursing care will lift on November 1, 2022. In preparation, it is critical to begin preparing a prior authorization packet for the number of shift nursing hours needed, even if your child’s Medicaid health plan has not asked for the packet yet. A strong prior authorization packet increases the chances that the Medicaid health plan approves the requested hours, thus avoiding the need for an appeal.  
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Tempus Unlimited Now Performing Financial Management Services in CHC

On July 1st, Tempus Unlimited took over financial management services (FMS) for Community HealthChoices (CHC) participants using the self-directed model for their personal assistance services. The self-directed model is an alternative to getting a caregiver through an agency. Tempus replaced Public Partnerships (PPL) as the FMS provider only for CHC participants. PPL continues to work with people who self-direct their care in the OBRA Waiver and the Act 150 Program for the time being.
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Project Spotlight: Housing
Meet Cameron, Michael, and Laura, three Pennsylvanians who rely on Housing Transition and Tenancy Sustaining (HTTS) services funded through the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) waivers.

While their stories are vastly different, one aspect remains the same for all three: their desire to live dignified lives independently in the community, and the vital role their HTTS service providers play in that. In this video, hear how the participants' HTTS service providers work with them to achieve person-centered goals that allow independent living and community integration, and hear from the participants themselves, in their own voices, sharing what these services mean to their everyday lives.

This project was generously supported by the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council (PADDC).
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Medicaid Health Plan Changes: A Virtual Information Session
August 10th | 2:00 PM | Zoom

On September 1, 2022, the Medicaid physical health plans available in Pennsylvania will be changing. Over 400,000 people on Medicaid will need to choose a new health plan by August 16th. Come to this information session on AUGUST 10TH AT 2:00 PM to learn about the upcoming changes and what you need to do to get ready!

Representatives from the Department of Human Services and PA Enrollment Services will be present to answer questions.

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