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PA FMS ACT 54 Payments Status

Governor Wolf signed Act 54 of 2022 (Act 54), which allocated $14.989 million from the Federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to Direct care workers (DCWs) in the participant-directed model providing personal assistance services in support of the statewide response to COVID-19. DCWs who provided services from 7/1/2021 through 9/30/2021 AND who remained active workers as of 7/1/2022 qualify to receive the one-time payment. Public Partnerships LLC (PPL) , Tempus Unlimited (Tempus) , and the Community HealthChoices (CHC) Manage Care Organizations (MCOs) worked with the Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) to determine the one-time payment amounts for qualifying DCWs. The payment amount is based on hours worked up to 40 hours per week during 7/1/2021 through 9/30/2021. The estimated gross payment amount that a DCW can receive ranges from a few dollars to over $2,000. Payment is anticipated to occur mid-December.  

Attention: Please Read this Special Transition Notice

Attention DCWs to CHC Waiver Participants:

As of July 1, 2022 PPL is no longer the Fiscal/Employer Agent (F/EA) for participants associated to the Community HealthChoices (CHC) Waiver, and their workers. Please reach out to the new F/EA, Tempus Unlimited, Inc. (Tempus).
Participants and their workers can contact Tempus at the following information listed below.

How to contact Tempus:

Phone: 1-844-9TEMPUS (1-844-983-6787)
Fax: 1-833-5TEMPUS (1-833-583-6787)
TTY: 1-833-888-0133

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Direct Care Worker Billable and Pay Rate Update

February 25, 2022
The latest update to the Direct Care Worker Billable Pay Rate is now available. Click the button below to access the updated rates and download your copy today.

PA OLTL Billable Pay Rate Letter


Direct Care Worker Hazard Pay Updates

Direct Care Workers (DCWs) who provided services from 8/16/2020 through 10/24/2020 qualify to
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