About 3,500 seniors in Indiana County who receive long-term services through Medicaid will need to choose a new plan by Nov. 15 under the state’s new Community HealthChoices Program.

The state recently began informing affected people via mailed information about Community HealthChoices.

Community HealthChoices is a managed care program modeled after the state’s successful LIFE Program. The LIFE program is an option for eligible people age 55 and older under Community HealthChoices.

LIFE stands for Living Independence for the Elderly. The LIFE program provides an array of health care and support services for Medicaid-eligible seniors 55 years and older to help them remain living in their homes and communities.

Under Community HealthChoices, people receiving Medicaid-funded long-term-care services will need to choose either their local LIFE Program or one of three state-contracted managed care organizations to coordinate their health and long-term-care services. The changes will be finalized by Jan. 1.

Senior LIFE is the local LIFE provider in Indiana County. At 1220 Wayne Ave., White Township, Senior LIFE has been helping southwest Pennsylvania seniors live independently in their homes for more than 10 years. There are no costs for any LIFE Program service for those that are Medicaid-eligible.

To help consumers understand the changes in Medicaid and the LIFE option under Community HealthChoices, Senior LIFE will hold three informational meetings open to the public and the media.

Community HealthChoices — Senior LIFE informational meetings will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5; 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16; and 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8. All meetings will be at Senior LIFE, 1220 Wayne Ave. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, call (724) 464-2273 or visit us online at www.SeniorLIFEindiana.com.