Yes. As a participant of UPMC Community HealthChoices, you may be eligible to receive additional value-added benefits. These include:
$500 dental allowance. This allowance can be used towards certain dental procedures after a benefit limit has been reached. If the procedure cost exceeds $500, you will be responsible for any cost over the $500. A prescription from a participating provider is required. Refer to Summary of Benefits for additional dental benefit information.
$100 vision allowance and glasses fitting each year. This allowance can be used toward purchasing new glasses (one frame and two lenses) or contact lenses (one pair) and one fitting per year. If the cost of the glasses or contact lenses is more than $100, you will be responsible for any cost over the $100. You must have a prescription from a participating provider. Refer to Summary of Benefits for additional vision benefit information.
Extended coverage of personal assistance services. This service will provide personal assistance services to eligible participants who cannot perform activities of daily living and are at risk of entering a nursing facility. Eligibility is based on a state determination of nursing facility clinical eligibility and a pending application with the county assistance office.
Smartphone. Eligible participants may receive a smartphone with 350 minutes of talk and unlimited text. Household and lifetime restrictions may apply.
Health coaches. This service provides one-on-one coaching to help you eat healthier, lose weight, reduce stress, and quit smoking. Health coaches can also help you manage symptoms and provide treatment options for heart disease, asthma, COPD, low back pain, diabetes, or depression.
AnywhereCare.** This service lets you access a UPMC provider via live video from your computer, tablet, or smartphone—anytime, day or night. This service is best for minor issues such as colds, the flu, sore throats, skin rashes, and other nonemergency conditions.
Stress management program. This service provides online access to a program to help you feel more confident, overcome setbacks, and take control of your life and mood.
Medical Assistance redetermination assistance. This service provides assistance to help you maintain your Medical Assistance eligibility, so you do not lose access to your Medical Assistance benefits.
UPMC Community HealthChoices participants who are Nursing Facility Clinically Eligible (NFCE), may be eligible for additional services including:
Caregiver support program. This service offers individualized coaching support for caregivers through in-person home visits and through a user-friendly technology platform. Eligible caregivers may also receive a daily stipend based on the participant’s level of need.
Enhanced community transition services. This service offers a yearly allowance of up to $6,000 to assist participants who are transitioning from a nursing facility to the community. The allowance can be used on a variety of items, including household supplies, essential furniture, general moving expenses, security deposits and other items associated with personal and environmental health and safety assurances. (This service exceeds the $4000 lifetime maximum benefit provided by the Office of Long-Term Living's waiver program.) UPMC Community HealthChoices will administer this benefit in conjunction with a nursing home transition team, led by the participant, which will develop a budget for distributing these funds to support the facility-to-community transition.
Temporary rental assistance. This service provides rental assistance to those whose only barrier to transition from a nursing facility to the community is access to affordable housing. The benefit may provide rental assistance for up to 24 months for participants who have applied for a permanent subsidy program and the subsidy is likely to become available within the 24-month period. The benefit will cover rent in the amount that would be covered under the subsidy program and will be administered in conjunction with the nursing home transition team.
**UPMC Community HealthChoices participants can seek treatment through UPMC AnywhereCare. UPMC Community HealthChoices participants located in Pennsylvania at the time of the service will have a virtual visit with a UPMC-employed provider. UPMC AnywhereCare virtual visits are not covered services when UPMC Community HealthChoices participants are traveling outside of Pennsylvania.