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PCA Program Enhancements

Background

Over the past year, MassHealth has received significant information stakeholder input regarding the current design on the MassHealth Personal Care Attendant (PCA) program, along with suggestions about how the program could be improved.  In response to this feedback, MassHealth is considering several potential enhancements to the PCA Program. 

MassHealth is committed to transparent, thoughtful and formal engagement with the PCA stakeholder community.  To that end, MassHealth has convened a PCA Program Advisory Council to work with MassHealth as it explores potential enhancements to the PCA Program.  In addition, MassHealth is holding public listening sessions that are open to all interested parties to hear feedback on the proposed enhancements to the PCA Program.  MassHealth also intends to release a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit formal written input from all interest parties on an array of topics under consideration.

PCA Program Enhancement Advisory Council

A Notice of Opportunity was posted on COMMBUYS in July 2018 seeking applicants to participate a PCA Program Enhancements Advisory Council (PEAC) that will assist MassHealth in its efforts to enhance the PCA Program.  MassHealth sought individuals with diverse professional and personal backgrounds and who have expertise in consumer direction, the values of independent living, and the MassHealth healthcare system to serve on the PCA PEAC.  Fourteen public members were selected via the application process.  MassHealth also reserved seats on the PCA PEAC for a representative of the PCA Quality Workforce Council (the “Council”) and 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East (the “PCA Union”).

The PCA PEAC will meet approximately every 3-6 weeks in the EOHHS offices at 1 Ashburton Place, Boston, MA, 02108, or another location in Boston.

Additional Resources for

Public Listening Sessions

 

To ensure that all stakeholders can provide feedback regarding proposed enhancements to the PCA Program, MassHealth is holding public listening sessions.  These listening sessions will be held approximately every 6 weeks at different locations across the state.  A list of topics to be addressed at each session will be posted a week prior to the scheduled session.  Stakeholders can also provide written feedback to PCAfeedback@MassMail.State.MA.US .

Public Listening Session:  Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Program Enhancements*

Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 1-3PM

Boston Public Library (Copley Plaza), Commonwealth Salon Room

700 Boylston Street

Boston, MA 02116

*Room capacity: 100 - people will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis

PCA Program Enhancement Public Listening Session - Boston Public Library - 1.29.19 (pdf)

PCA Program Enhancement Public Listening Session - Boston Public Library - 1.29.19 (Word)

 

Public Listening Session:  Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Program Enhancements 

Thursday, February 28, 2019, 1-3PM

Worcester Public Library, The Saxe Room

3 Salem Square

Worcester, MA 01608

*Room capacity: 110 - people will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis

PCA Public Presentation_02.28.2019 (PDF)

PCA Public Listening Session_2.28.2019 (Word)

 

Public Listening Session:  Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Program Enhancements 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 10AM-12PM

Pittsfield Public Library, Berkshire Athenaeum - Auditorium

One Wendell Avenue

Pittsfield, MA 01201

* Room capacity: 175; people will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis

PCA Program Enhancement Public Listening Session – April 10, 2019 (PDF)

PCA Program Enhancement Public Listening Session – April 10, 2019 (DOCX)

 

Public Listening Session:  Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Program Enhancements 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 2-4PM

Springfield City Library, Mason Square Branch, Community Room

765 State Street

Springfield, MA 01109

Please register for the Public Listening Session in Springfield using the link below. MassHealth may add additional sessions in Springfield as needed if registration exceeds room capacity.

Register for Springfield Public Listening Session: Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Program Enhancements

*Registered attendees will be seated first, followed by non-registered attendees (if there is space available) on a first-come, first-served basis.

PCA Program Enhancement Public Listening Session – April 10, 2019 (PDF)

PCA Program Enhancement Public Listening Session – April 10, 2019 (DOCX)

 

Public Listening Session:  Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Program Enhancements 

Thursday, May 30, 2019, 1-3pm

Lawrence Public Library, Sargent Auditorium

51 Lawrence St

Lawrence MA 01841

*Room capacity: 150 – people will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis

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