Monday, August 13, 2007

PA DPW Posts "Long-Term Care Handbook"

The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare recently updated online a portion of its Handbook for the "Long-Term Care" Program in Pennsylvania, as of August 1, 2007.

The updates to the online LTC Handbook were brought to the attention of practitioners on August 3, 2007, in a message posted on the
Pennsylvania Bar Association's "Elder Law Section" listserv by Linda M. Anderson, Esq., who practices through Anderson Elder Law, in Media, PA.

The LTC Handbook is one of various operations manuals or handbooks previously made available online by PA DPW, as summarized here.

The handbooks are what the County Assistance worker uses to determine an individual’s benefit.

The handbooks give the caseworker direction on how to use the individual’s income, resources, and non financial information.

To view the Cash Assistance, Food Stamps, Medicaid and Supplemental handbooks, just click on the links below.

Each handbook provides a statement on legal requirements or proper procedures according to the PA DPW, with a companion citation to a legal source, such as the Pennsylvania Code or the Code of Federal Regulations. Many of the handbooks' provisions are founded in Chapter 55 ("Public Welfare") of the PA Code, or Title 42 ("Public Health") of the CFR.

This is the "Table of Contents" of PA DPW's Long-Term Care Handbook:
The sections of the LTC Handbook are highly technical. Interim changes or clarifications in policies & procedures are updated by way of periodic Operations Memoranda, which then become part of the manual online. For example, see: LTC Handbook Updates.

However, these handbooks are not easily understood by consumers. So PA DPW provides on its expansive website other, more general & readable, explanations as to its many programs.

For example, as to the PA Medicaid Program & its criteria for benefits, you can read
PA DPW explanations available online:

If you worry about information overload, you must recognize that information starvation is far worse -- and more dangerous. So, consult with a guide, if you need one -- an experienced "elder law" attorney.