New Medicaid Expansion Website Launched; HAP Learns Additional Details Related to Transition
February 12, 2015
The Wolf Administration has released a new website to provide
information about its efforts to expand Medicaid in Pennsylvania.
The new website, HealthChoicesPA.com,
provides explanations about some of the key components and transition issues,
and will contain information for providers and consumer resources.
Related to the transition to Medicaid expansion, HAP has
- The Department of Human
Services (DHS) has submitted its proposed Adult benefit package to the
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for review. This single
benefits package for adults will replace the three HealthyPA benefits packages.
- DHS transition efforts
will be partially affected by timing requirements related to public notice
filings and the receipt of federal approvals, and by the implementation of
information technology system changes.
- In the near future, the first actions to be taken include: new enrollments into the Private
Coverage Option (PCO) plans will cease; the use of the health assessment
screening tool will be discontinued; and former GA and Select Plan
individuals will be among the first to be transferred into the new Adult
- PCO enrollees will be
relocated into a “sister MA MCO plan” (same insurer) when possible.
- Full transition of
individuals out of PCO plans is targeted to occur by “the fall” of 2015.
HAP will advise members about
the new developments from Medicaid expansion as they become available. Members
are encouraged to check for postings or links to new materials and Information
at www.healthchoicespa.com on a