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DOH Announces Delay in ALP Transition to Managed Care and MLTC

The Department of Health (DOH) has announced a delay in the transition of the Assisted Living Program (ALP) population and benefit into mainstream and Managed Long Term Care (MLTC). The transition was due to begin on July 1, 2017; it has now been pushed back to Oct. 1, 2018 for New York City and Jan. 1, 2019 for the rest of the state. The ALP will be transitioned as a package of services. DOH decided to delay the transition given the current managed care initiatives and related work plan for the Department and providers. LeadingAge NY supported the delay given the considerable work that needs to be done before all parties will be ready for the transition. Some MLTC members are interested in voluntarily contracting with ALPs before the transition date; we are exploring that possibility. DOH reports that the workgroups charged with working on implementation issues, which LeadingAge NY serves on, will reconvene soon.

Contact: Diane Darbyshire, ddarbyshire@leadingageny.org, 518-867-8828