PA’s Transition Plan Final Rule

September 16, 2014

On March 20, CARIE submitted comments to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) Office of Long Term Living regarding its most recent proposed Home and Community-Based Settings Transition Plan.  The draft transition plan outlines the steps the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) proposes to take to comply with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Home and Community-Based Services Final Rule.  More information may be found on DHS’ website.… READ MORE

PA Long-Term Care Commission Testimony

July 14, 2014

CARIE presented testimony at the PA Long-Term Care Commission’s public hearing in Philadelphia’s City Hall on July 14.  Testifiers were allotted five minutes to present testimony.  Click here for the formal written testimony submitted to the Commission.… READ MORE

Healthy PA Comments

April 10, 2014

CARIE submitted comments on the Healthy Pennsylvania Plan draft 1115 Waiver application.  The draft plan proposes changes to Pennsylvania’s current Medicaid program and identifies a private plan option to expand Medicaid as offered to states through the Affordable Care Act.… READ MORE

CARIE Testifies about Elder Abuse

November 20, 2013

On November 20, 2013, Diane Menio testified before the Pennsylvania House Aging & Older Adult Services Committee about Elder Abuse in Pennsylvania.  Here is a copy of the guardianship recommendations referenced in the testimony.… READ MORE

The State of Guardianship in Pennsylvania

November 19, 2013

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging posted the final results of the 2012 CARIE study of guardianship in Pennsylvania, CARIE-Guardianship-Study and CARIE Guardianship Report 2013 Appendix A-M.  CARIE wishes to acknowledge the support and thank Secretary Duke, the staff at the Department of Aging, and the many others who shared their time and expertise in completing the study. CARIE created a chart of guardianship recommendations that was not included in the final report.… READ MORE

CARIE Submits Comments for PA Alzheimer’s State Plan

September 23, 2013

On September 23, 2013, CARIE submitted comments for the Pennsylvania Alzheimer’s Disease State Planning Committee to consider.  The comments and recommendations cover five basic themes, the unbefriended elderly, financial abuse and exploitation, ethical issues, caregiver support, and education and training.… READ MORE

Alzheimer’s White Paper

October 4, 2010

On October 4, 2010, CARIE’s Dorothy S. Washburn Legislative Committee released a new white paper, “Meeting the Needs of Persons with Alzheimer’s or Other Dementia When No Informal Support is Available.”  While there is an abundance of information about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia and support for caregivers, there is little, if any, information for those who do not have a caregiver.  The Committee hopes to shine a light on this population so that policymakers, researchers, planners and… READ MORE

Proposed Pennsylvania Integrated Care Initiative

July 6, 2010

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging and Office of Long Term Living was planning to implement a voluntary integrated care program in July 2010.  (It appears that any integrated care plan will be delayed until the next administration.)  Older adults currently in Special Needs Plans or those who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid would have been offered voluntary enrollment.  (Consumers receiving Aging Waiver services and nursing home residents would not be eligible to enroll.)  Click here for the website READ MORE

CARIE Provides Testimony to PCA

May 26, 2010

On May 26, 2010, the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) held a pubic hearing entitled, “Meeting the Needs of Philadelphia’s Elderly” that related to its upcoming budget for fiscal year 2009/10.  CARIE submitted testimony.… READ MORE

Medicare Advantage White Paper

May 6, 2010

Last fall, Medicare beneficiaries in Southeastern Pennsylvania were facing a loss of several Medicare Advantage plans impacting over 64,000 beneficiaries and overwhelming local SHIP/APPRISE programs.  CARIE’s Dorothy S. Washburn Legislative Committee wrote a Medicare Advantage White Paper that was sent to numerous officials at CMS and the Pennsylvania Department of Aging.  The paper includes recommendations based on the collective experience of the committee in working to assist these beneficiaries.… READ MORE