for Immediate Release

November 21, 2017

Wolf Administration Celebrates Living Independence For the Elderly’s 20th Anniversary in the Commonwealth

DHS continues to serve more people in the community

Harrisburg, PA – Today, the Department of Human Services recognized the 20th Anniversary of the Living Independence For the Elderly (LIFE) program in the commonwealth. LIFE provides services to more than 6,000 Pennsylvanians in 41 counties across the state.

“The Wolf Administration is committed to serving people in the community, and LIFE is an option that allows older Pennsylvanians to live independently while receiving services and supports that meet the health and personal needs of the individual,” said DHS Acting Secretary Teresa Miller. “Today, we celebrate this program for its 20 years of contributing to the quality of life of the seniors in our commonwealth.”

LIFE is a managed care program that provides a comprehensive all-inclusive package of medical and supportive services. The program was established by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 and is known nationally as the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).

All of the PACE providers in Pennsylvania have ‘LIFE’ in their name. The first LIFE program agreements were signed in 1997 with services implemented in Pennsylvania in 1998.

“While we prepare to launch Community HealthChoices<> in the southwest region of Pennsylvania, it’s critical that folks know that LIFE is also an option,” said Miller. “We want our older Pennsylvanians to be aware that there are choices available.”

To be eligible for LIFE, you must:

  *   Be age 55 or older
  *   Meet the level of care needs for a skilled nursing facility or a special rehabilitation facility
  *   Meet the financial requirements as determined by your local County Assistance Office or be able to privately pay
  *   Reside in an area served by a LIFE provider
  *   Be able to be safely served in the community as determined by a LIFE provider

Some of the many services available under the LIFE program include dental, meals, medical and non-medical transportation, LIFE Center services, nursing care, personal care, social services, recreational activities, and more. LIFE also fully integrates Medicare and Medicaid services for individuals eligible for both programs.

To locate a LIFE provider in your area click here<>, or call the toll-free CHC Helpline at 1-844-824-3655 (TTY 1-833-254-0690).

November is Living Independence for the Elderly month and Governor Wolf issued a proclamation declaring it as such.

For more information on LIFE, visit<>.

MEDIA CONTACT:    Rachel Kostelac, DHS, 717.425.7606

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Living Independence for the Elderly Month Governor’s Proclamation

WHEREAS, most older Pennsylvanians wish to continue living in their homes and their communities for as long as economically and medically feasible; and

WHEREAS, in 1997 the United States Congress created the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly as a Medicaid option for states, an innovative model that employs a hands-on, community-based approach to providing a broad range of integrated and comprehensive health care, social, and family support services designed to help seniors remain independent for as long as possible through a program of managed long-term services and supports; and

WHEREAS, Pennsylvania became one of the first states to expand such a program, which is called Living Independence For the Elderly, or LIFE, to take advantage of the special opportunity this new program offered; and

WHEREAS, Pennsylvania’s LIFE program 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; and

WHEREAS, Pennsylvania’s LIFE providers currently serve more than 6,000 Pennsylvanians in 41 counties; and

WHEREAS, Pennsylvania’s LIFE program continues to grow and serve more people in more parts of the state, with planning under way to bring LIFE programs to every corner of the commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, this year marks the 20th anniversary of LIFE in Pennsylvania.

THEREFORE, I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim November 2017 as LIVING INDEPENDENCE FOR THE ELDERLY MONTH. I encourage all citizens to celebrate this program for its 20 years of making an enormous contribution to the quality of life of the seniors in our commonwealth. I welcome all citizens to join us in congratulating the state’s 19 LIFE programs for the special contribution they have made in using LIFE to improve life for so many of our fellow Pennsylvanians.

GIVEN under my hand and the Seal of the Governor, at the City of Harrisburg, this seventeenth of October two thousand seventeen, the year of the commonwealth the two hundred forty-second.

Tom Wolf

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