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DHS News June 2013    


AAA Holds Public Hearing   

Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging administrators presented a $50,060,871 budget and annual plan for fiscal 2013-14, reviewing the document at a public hearing June 14 in the Human Services Building, Downtown.

The hearing followed a providers’ meeting at which AAA Director Mildred Morrison and Bureau Chief Joseph Barker discussed local and state funding and changes pending to AAA’s home-delivered meals program, beginning July 1.

The budget plan reports no adjustment in funding because of uncertainty about Aging Waiver Service Coordination reimbursement from the state. That funding declined by $1 million in 2012-13 and resulted in a reduction in staff and restructuring of the program. The coordination program supports an average of 1,750 frail older adults in the county who qualify for nursing home care and Medicaid assistance but receive service coordination and direct care to remain living in the community.

Several providers who are reimbursed via the waiver program expressed concerns about the funding stream at the budget hearing as well, saying further cuts put their participation in jeopardy.

Nevertheless, AAA also reported in the budget document that, “As part of its four-year plan, the DHS/AAA is focusing on offering high-quality services within existing budgets, and early results are promising.”

The annual plan and budget is available at the DHS Plans and Budgets page.


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