FI Transition Information

Starting on January 1, 2022, Tempus Unlimited will be the ONLY Fiscal Intermediary (FI) for the MassHealth PCA program. A Fiscal Intermediary acts on behalf of Consumers to pay PCAs. If you are a Consumer or PCA who already uses Tempus FI, there's nothing you need to do. If you are a Consumer or PCA who uses Northeast Arc or Stavros FI, youi MUST fill out forms and return them to Tempus by December 17, 2021. Learn more at https://tempusunlimited.org/ma-transition/

For more information on the FI transition, please see the FI transition fact sheet below.

FI Transition Fact Sheet

 

PCA Vaccination Attestation

MassHealth recently mailed a letter regarding the PCA vaccination requirement to all consumers, surrogates, and PCAs. This letter contained an attestation form for PCAs to complete. DO NOT RETURN THIS FORM TO YOUR PCM, FI, OR MASSHEALTH. This form may be kept by the consumer for their records as needed.

Questions about the PCA vaccination requirement. please contact the LTSS Providered Service Center at 1-844-368-5184 or email: support@masshealthltss.com.

 

Massachusetts Emergency Paid Sick Leave Program (MEPSL)

MEPSL is offering up to 40 hours of COVID related emergency sick leave until April 1, 2022 or until the $75 million in program funding runs out. The amount of hours a PCA is eligible for is based on their average hours worked over the past 6 months. PCAs will need to complete the MEPSL Payment Voucher below to request this sick leave. Please be sure to carefully read the instructions for completing this voucher. The voucher is 2 pages. Both pages must be filled out completely and correctly to receive payment.  For more information please visit mass.gov.
 

ARPA Temporary PCA Wage Increase

On July 22, 2021, MassHealth announced the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provided a temporary 10% PCA wage increase retroactive to July 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021. The increase brings the PCA hourly rate to $17.71 per hour.

Please see the pay rates by date below and the informational flyer created by MassHealth below.

From August 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021: $15.75/hour
From July 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021: $17.71/hour From January 1, 2022 and After: $16.10/hour

 

ARPA PCA Pay Increase

This is an informational flyer regarding the pay increase for PCAs through the American Rescue Plan Act.

COVID-19 Updates

Stavros FI continues to make sure that we provide the necessary information and resources to increase or maintain the safety of all our consumers and employees.

We recommend you make emergency plans to keep yourself healthy.

View Our COVID-19 Update Page

 

PCA COVID-19 Vaccinations

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services released two memos regarding COVID-19 in Massachusetts on February 12, 2021. The first, outlines the launch of a new vaccine site finder and appointment finder for some sites. This memo can be found here. The second memo has additional information with vaccine dosages, new appointment availability, and call center support for residents 75 years old and over. That memo can be found here.

MassHealth has released their plan for PCAs to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. To view the letter outlining the plan, please follow this link. Individuals that are eligible for the vaccine can find more information about where and when they can get vaccinated by going to https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccine-locations-for-individuals-currently-eligible-to-be-vaccinated#find-a-location-to-get-vaccinated-if-eligible-.

Information on the documentation needed for vaccination appointments can be found at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccinations-for-health-care-workers#appointment-documentation-. This link includes the attestation form eligible individuals are required to complete before going to their appointment.

MassHealth recently mailed a letter regarding the PCA vaccination requirement to all consumers, surrogates, and PCAs. This letter contained an attestation form for PCAs to complete. DO NOT RETURN THIS FORM TO YOUR PCM, FI, OR MASSHEALTH. This form may be kept by the consumer for their records as needed.

Questions about the PCA vaccination requirement. please contact the LTSS Providered Service Center at 1-844-368-5184 or email: support@masshealthltss.com.

 

Quick Links for COVID-19 Information

Personal Protective Equipment for PCAs

PCAs can request personal protective equipment, such as masks and gloves, through the PCA union (1199SEIU) by visiting the following links:

Note: This resource is available to all PCAs participating in the MassHealth PCA program.  Consumers cannot obtain PPE through the above links.  For additional information about PPE for consumers and non-PCAs, please visit www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus or https://bit.ly/2D4sm9N.

A .pdf has been created by MassHealth with this information. It can be downloaded by clicking the link below.

PPE and PCA Wage Update

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: PLEASE READ

FFCRA Paid Leave Extension

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021(ARPA) extended the Families First Coronavirus Response Act paid leave until 9/30/2021. Starting 4/1/2021, up to an additional 10 days of paid leave (up to 80 hours, or a part-time employee's two week equivalent) has been granted to individuals who had previously used this provision. Additionally, three more reasons (getting the COVID vaccine, recovering from an adverse reaction from the vaccine, and awaiting the results of a COVID diagnosis or test) have been added to take this leave. Please follow this link to the voucher to request payment for this leave.

2021 Payroll Calendars

Week 1 Schedule for 2021

This is the Week 1 schedule for 2021. Please use this schedule if your consumer number is between 1000-4999 and A000-M999.

Week 2 Schedule for 2021

This is the Week 2 schedule for 2021. Please use this schedule if your consumer number is between 5000-9999 and N000-Z999.

Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFMLA) Update

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts PFLMA benefits began on January 1, 2021. Please read the notice below on qualified reasons to take and how to apply for PFLMA benefits.

Paid Family and Medical Leave Act Notice

Please read this notice on the qualified reasons for taking PFLMA benefits and how to apply for them. This notice is both in English and Spanish.

"Our goal is to provide the best customer service without any delays in processing your PCA's checks"

Stavros FI Contact and General Info

For general questions and comments please call (800) 442-1185 or email fiscalfeedback@stavros.org

Visit Our Main Site at www.stavros.org

Open 9 to 5
Monday - Friday

(excluding major holidays)

PCA Union Information:
www.1119seiu.org

Stavros FI works with Adlib, Northeast Independent Living Program (NILP), Center for Living and Working (CLW), Stavros CIL, and Independence Associates (IA)

Other Stavros Offices

Amherst Office

210 Old Farm Rd
Amherst, MA 01002

T (413) 256-0473 F (413) 256-0190

Springfield Office

227 Berkshire Ave
Springfield, MA 01109

T (413) 781-5555 F (413) 733-5473

Greenfield Office

55 Federal St, Suite 210
Greenfield, MA 01301

T (413) 774-3001 F (413) 772-2556