Pennsylvania Caregiver Support Program

You all know, I’m such an advocate for the unpaid caregivers of the world (check out my published scholarly article) so I’m thrilled to update you on a new law in PA that just went into effect August 10, 2021. It’s a modification of the existing Pennsylvania Caregiver Support Program which is administered through each local county Area Agency on Aging. This program can provide reimbursement for out-of-pocket costs for the costs associated with care-giving such as respite, care-giving-related services, and supplies. It can provide funds for a home modification if needed. And the program provides case management and support for caregivers.

There is no financial eligibility requirement for this program. But the reimbursement rate is a sliding scale based on the income of the care recipient’s household (a household is all adults who live together in the same house, so the income of the household is all those adults’ income combined). Any household with combined income at or greater than 380% of the Federal Poverty Level would not get any reimbursement (but would still get case management and support). Anyone with a household income 200% or less than the Federal Poverty Level would get 100% reimbursement. Between 200% and 380% gets reimbursement of a percentage of expenses.

Check out the table below to see the 2021 dollar amounts for the Federal Poverty Level by household size and see where your annual income might fall in the scale.

Household Size

Annual Income
Federal Poverty Level (FPL)

200% FPL

250% FPL

300% FPL

380% FPL

1

$12,880

$25,760

$32,200

$38,640

$48,944

2

$17,420

$34,840

$43,550

$52,260

$66,196

3

$21,960

$43,920

$54,900

$65,880

$83,448

4

$26,500

$53,000

$66,250

$79,500

$100,700

 

The recent changes eliminated some internal monetary constraints on the Area Agency on Aging which will allow caregivers who need more support to receive more services. It also eliminated limits on monthly care plans and the limits on home modification reimbursement. Lastly, it clarified eligibility criteria. The criteria are laid out on the State Area Agency on Aging website.

We’re Here to Support You

If you’re not sure if you are eligible for this program or what this might cover, please feel free to give our office a call. If you are providing care for anyone, or know someone providing care-giving you could be eligible so it’s a worth a phone call to us at 717-761-4864 or attend one of our upcoming FREE workshops to have all your elder law questions answered.