New Medicaid program offers at-home care options

CHENANGO COUNTY – A newly incorporated Medicaid health care plan available in Chenango County is offering residents with longterm illnesses and disabilities new options when it comes to at-home care.

Launched in December by a group of 17 community-based organizations including the Southern Tier Independence Center, the new plan – called iCircle Care – provides health and social services in 22 counties across the western, central, and southern regions of New York State. As a managed longterm care organization, iCircle works with a variety of members in its network to streamline services to adults who are at least 18 years of age and chronically ill or disabled but wish to stay in their homes and communities.

“iCircle is all about hometown care and service,” explained Dr. Henry Paszko, iCircle President and CEO. As a nonprofit care organization, iCircle can tailer its services specifically to meet the needs of the individual, said Paszko. Moreover, he said it sources from a network of more than 2,000 health and social service providers to offer a variety of care services.

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