Simplified Enrollment: LIFE Program Helps Seniors Live in Their Homes and Communities

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HARRISBURG, PA — The Department of Human Services (DHS) announced that the Pennsylvanians seeking long-term services and supports through the LIFE (Living Independence for the Elderly) Program will now be able to apply for and enroll in these programs directly through the Medical Assistance Independent Enrollment Broker.

By implementing this streamlined enrollment process, interested seniors and their loved ones can request information online at or over the phone by calling 1-844-824-3655. Those who prefer to submit a paper application can print it from the website and mail it to Community HealthChoices, PO Box 61440, Harrisburg, PA 17106.

“We want to do everything we can to make it easier for Pennsylvania’s seniors to get the services and supports they need, and this new enrollment process will do just that,” said Acting DHS Secretary Meg Snead. “All Pennsylvanians deserve to age in place in their community with family and peers as they are able. The Wolf Administration is committed to serving people in the community, and we are excited that LIFE programs around Pennsylvania help make this even easier to achieve.”

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With this change, participants will have a one-stop shop for information about the LIFE program and other long-term care programs, allowing them to make a more informed choice about how they would like to receive services. Participants will also receive in-person counseling and educational materials for more information on the LIFE program and Pennsylvania’s managed long-term services and supports program, Community HealthChoices.

Many older Pennsylvanians wish to continue living in their homes and their communities for as long as economically and medically feasible. Pennsylvania’s LIFE program is an all-inclusive long-term managed care program that enables participants to stay out of nursing homes and remain in their own homes and communities and live happier, more productive, and more fulfilling lives. LIFE currently serves approximately 7,500 Pennsylvanians in 53 counties. DHS plans to expand the LIFE program statewide over the next few years.

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More information on the LIFE Program can be found here.

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