The 2017 Legislature amended the law to allow individuals who are diagnosed with AIDS to obtain and maintain Medicaid coverage without the need for enrollment in the PAC Waiver. This transition is anticipated to occur on January 1, 2018. In order to qualify, an individual must meet the criteria currently used for the PAC Waiver:
Most recipients enrolled in the PAC Waiver currently receive their medical, prescribed drugs, and acute care services from a Statewide Medicaid Managed Care - Managed Medical Assistance (MMA) health plan. There will be no change in how these individuals receive MMA services unless they choose to change plans. With the advances that have been made over the last decade in the treatment of HIV and AIDS, the majority of the people on the PAC Waiver do not use or need the home and community-based services offered through the waiver. As such, the recipients in the PAC Waiver who are only receiving case management services and do not need home and community-based services in order to safely remain in the community, will be dis-enrolled from the PAC Waiver, but will keep their Medicaid coverage. This means there will be no loss in services – they can continue to have access to their medications, see their doctors, and will receive case management from their current MMA plan.
The recipients in the PAC Waiver who have been receiving more than case management services through the PAC Waiver and who continue to need home and community-based services in order to live safely in the community will transition into the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Long-term Care (LTC) program for their home and community-based service needs. These recipients will continue to maintain Medicaid eligibility and have access to their prescribed drugs and doctors through their current MMA plan. They will also continue to receive home and community-based services, which will be provided through an LTC plan. The Agency will provide these individuals with an opportunity to choose an LTC plan that can best meet their needs. The LTC program offers a more robust benefit package than the PAC Waiver, including enhanced case management standards and expanded benefits. The LTC program also offers recipients an opportunity to receive care/services through a program with enhanced quality outcome measures.
The Agency will use a number of different methods to maintain open lines of communication throughout the transition. We have already begun to reach out to recipients by telephone to ensure they understand what this transition means for them. We are also talking with PAC case management agencies and other stakeholder groups. The Agency is hosting monthly web-based meetings for interested stakeholders (PAC providers, recipients, etc.) to share information on the transition efforts.
|July 26, 2017||10:00 – 10:50 am, ET||July PAC Presentation [770KB]|
|August 15, 2017||2:00 - 3:00 pm, ET||August PAC Presentation [751 KB]|
|September 19, 2017||2:00 - 3:00 pm, ET||*Cancelled due to post Hurricane Irma recovery efforts|
|October 17, 2017||2:00 - 3:00 pm, ET|
|November 14, 2017||2:00 - 3:00 pm, ET|
|December 12, 2017||2:00 - 3:00 pm, ET|
All presentations will be made available following the scheduled webinar date. To register for these webinars, please visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3695496349975650051.
The Agency has begun reaching out to individuals enrolled in the PAC Waiver personally. Individuals may also contact the Agency at 1-877-254-1055 if they have additional questions.
The Agency conducted a review of the LTC program to ensure that it offers services consistent with those received through the PAC Waiver. Below is the PAC Waiver and LTC Services comparison.
PAC Waiver Services Crosswalk
|Current PAC Waiver Services||LTC/MMA Services||Differing Service Titles|
|Case Management||LTC/MMA||Care Coordination/Case Management|
|Home Delivered Meals||LTC|
|Education/Support Services||LTC||Care Coordination/Case Management Caregiver Training|
|Restorative Massage||LTC/MMA||Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Services available under LTC and the State Plan Service|
|Specialized Medical Equipment and Supplies||LTC/MMA||Durable Medical Equipment and Medical supplies available under the State Plan Service|
|Pest Control (Monthly)||LTC||Homemaker|
|Day Health Care||LTC||Adult Day Health Care|
|Environmental Accessibility Adaptations||LTC||Home Accessibility Adaptations|
|Skilled Care (RN)||LTC||Intermittent and Skilled Nursing|
|Skilled Care (LPN)||LTC||Intermittent and Skilled Nursing|
|Therapeutic Management of Substance Abuse||MMA||Behavioral Health Services|