Senior LIFE offers many benefits as an option under Community HealthChoices

Making the Right Choice Under Community HealthChoices: The Benefits of Senior LIFE

If you or a loved one have Pennsylvania Medicaid (sometimes referred to as Medical Assistance) and live in Southwest Pennsylvania, you’re probably in the process of deciding on a Community HealthChoices provider for next year. Medicaid recipients in other areas of the state will make the same choice sometime next year.

By now, you may understand what’s changing under Pennsylvania Medicaid and that you have to choose a health care provider to manage your long-term Medicaid services. But how familiar are you with your options?

Under Community HealthChoices, adults on Medicaid and Medicare, and adults receiving long-term services through Pennsylvania Medicaid must select either a LIFE program, like Senior LIFE, (if eligible) or a managed care organization (also called an MCO).

But what’s the difference really? Let’s take a look at your options.

Surveying the Options Under Community HealthChoices: MCOs and Senior LIFE

All providers under Community HealthChoices share some things in common. Both MCOs and LIFE programs like Senior LIFE will coordinate all medically necessary services for Medicaid enrollees. This care is designed to help keep seniors healthy, independent, and living within the community.

The similarities, though, end there.

The three MCO providers—AmeriHealth Caritas, Pennsylvania Health and Wellness (Centene), and UPMC are headquartered in large cities within the state.

Senior LIFE centers, on the other hand, are based within your local community. Care is provided by a team of qualified and compassionate people at Senior LIFE who both live and work in the community. They understand the special needs and concerns of those in the local area.

The MCO plans provide medical and support services for their members. This includes caring for all health and medication-related needs.

Senior LIFE also provides medical and support services for our members. These services, including therapy and pharmacy services, are provided within a local healthcare network, which includes the community’s closest hospitals and best medical specialists.

Most care is provided in the member’s home and at the Senior LIFE center. These specially designed centers are modern and inviting and are located right in the local community.  Members come to the Senior LIFE center to see the doctor, participate in recreational activities or therapies, have a hot lunch and snacks or to enjoy some entertainment. Members are provided with safe transportation and assistance from their homes to the Senior LIFE Center and back home again.

With more than two decades of experience caring for the unique needs of seniors, Senior LIFE understands that those needs often go beyond basic health care. That’s why we also provide opportunities for members to socialize, participate in fun activities, and stay physically and mentally active.

At Senior LIFE, our goal is to provide seniors with all the care they need to live happy, healthy, independent lives. This has been our mission for years—and that’s what we’ll continue to provide for you when you select The LIFE Program under Community HealthChoices.

Upcoming Meetings About Community HealthChoices

We understand that making a decision on a provider can be challenging. You may have questions you need answered before making a choice.

That’s why we’re offering informational sessions at our Senior LIFE centers in the next few months. See below for a list of meeting times and locations.

 

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 12–2 p.m.

Senior LIFE Uniontown

89 West Fayette Street

Uniontown, PA 15401

 

Monday, Oct. 16, 5–7 p.m.

Senior LIFE Indiana

1220 Wayne Ave

Indiana, PA 15701

 

Wednesday Oct. 18, 4–6 p.m.

Senior LIFE Greensburg

123 Triangle Drive

Greensburg, PA 15601

 

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 6–8 p.m.

Senior LIFE Johnstown

401 Broad Street

Johnstown, PA 15906

 

Thursday, Oct. 19, 5–7 p.m.

Senior LIFE Washington

2114 North Franklin Drive

Washington, PA 15301

 

Thursday, Oct. 19, 5–7 p.m.

Senior LIFE Greene

100 Evergreene Dr.

Waynesburg, PA 15370

 

Thursday, Oct. 19, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Senior LIFE Altoona

1311 12th Ave

Altoona, PA 16601

 

Tuesday, Oct. 24, 5:30–7 p.m.

Senior LIFE Ebensburg

429 Manor Drive

Ebensburg, PA 15931

 

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 1–3 p.m.

Senior LIFE Greensburg

123 Triangle Drive

Greensburg, PA 15601

 

Thursday, Nov. 2, 2–4 p.m.

Senior LIFE Johnstown

401 Broad Street

Johnstown, PA 15906

 

Monday, Nov. 6, 12–2 p.m.

Senior LIFE Uniontown

89 West Fayette Street

Uniontown, PA 15401

 

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 1–3 p.m.

Senior LIFE Washington

2114 North Franklin Drive

Washington, PA 15301

 

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 1–3 p.m.

Senior LIFE Greene

100 EverGreene Dr.

Waynesburg, PA 15370

 

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 1–3 p.m.

Senior LIFE Indiana

1220 Wayne Ave

Indiana, PA 15701

 

Thursday, Nov. 9, 1–2:30 p.m.

Senior LIFE Ebensburg

429 Manor Drive

Ebensburg, PA 15931

 

Friday, Nov. 10, 1–3 p.m.

Senior LIFE Altoona

1311 12th Ave

Altoona, PA 16601

 

When it’s time to choose a provider under Community HealthChoices, Senior LIFE may be the best option. To learn more about the changes for Pennsylvania Medicaid or check Senior LIFE eligibility, take a look at our locations across the state to find the phone number for the location nearest to you.

For more information, you may also visit the Community HealthChoices website or call the State of Pennsylvania’s Community HealthChocies hotline at (833) 735-4416.

Last updated on August 27th, 2018 at 02:05 pm


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