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CHC Long-Term Services & Supports

What’s included in your Community Health Choices Waiver? Independence.

Available services change from time to time, but our service coordinators know the most current snapshot of CHC Waiver services that will help you thrive in your day-to-day life.

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What is the CHC Waiver in PA?

The Community HealthChoices (CHC) Waiver Program is Pennsylvania’s long-term care waiver for the delivery of both physical health and long-term health care services through a per-patient managed care system put in place by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) and Aging. The goal of this long-term care waiver is to improve coordination of physical and behavioral health systems, as well as Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS).

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Community HealthChoices Waiver services for PA residents may include:

  • Adult Daily Living Services
  • Assistive Technology
  • Behavior Therapy
  • Benefits Counseling
  • Career Assessment
  • Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy
  • Community Integration
  • Community Transition Services
  • Counseling
  • Employment Skills Development
  • Financial Management Services
  • Home Adaptations
  • Home-Delivered Meals
  • Home Health Aide
  • Home Health – Nursing
  • Home Health – Physical Therapy
  • Home Health – Occupational Therapy
  • Home Health – Speech Therapy and Language Therapy
  • Job Coaching
  • Job Finding
  • Non-Medical Transportation
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Participant-Directed Community Supports
  • Participant-Directed Goods and Services
  • Personal Assistance Services
  • Personal Emergency Response System (PERS)
  • Pest Eradication
  • Residential Habilitation
  • Respite
  • Structured-Day Habilitation
  • Specialized Medical Equipment and Supplies
  • TeleCare
  • Vehicle Modifications

Any long-term services and supports listed above are offered to participants on top of their physical health benefits package. Individual Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) may choose to exceed the CHC service requirements and offer additional services to their participants.

Those eligible for enrollment into the CHC Waiver are PA residents 21 or older who:

  • Receive both Medicaid and Medicare (i.e., Dual Eligible adults)
  • Receive long-term services and supports in the Attendant Care Waiver, Independence Waiver, CommCare Waiver and Aging Waiver
  • Receive nursing home services paid for by Medicaid
  • Are OBRA Waiver participants who were found to be nursing facility clinically eligible
  • Are Act 150 Program participants who are eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare

For more information on this program, please visit the HealthChoices section of the DHS site.

Adult Autism Waiver Program

Bridge helps those in the CHC Waiver program:

  • Identify options for all long-term care services in your plan
  • Express preferences for which services are delivered
  • Increase independence in daily living
  • Monitor options for all services, including informal, mainstream and community needs
  • Reduce stress, both personally and for your family

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Enrolling in Community HealthChoices Waiver services

Bridge helps you with every step of the waiver enrollment process.

Learn How to Enroll in the CHC Waiver

  • Intake
  • Application process
  • Notification of eligibility
  • Enrollment

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