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  • COMPASS - Apply for Public Benefits and Services from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

    Pennsylvania residents can apply for a variety of programs offered by the PA Department of Human Services, including public assistance, food stamps, health care coverage, energy assistance and other social service programs at this site Content Detail

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    Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Application for Social Services (COMPASS)
  • Area Agencies on Aging

    Your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is the front door for aging services in your community. Your AAA is staffed with skilled workers who can provide information about services and also assist in obtaining access to those services. Use this finder to locate the specific Area Agency on Aging that covers your county. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Aging
  • Medical Assistance Financial Eligibility Application for Long-Term Care Supports and Services

    Application for a determination of financial eligibility for long term care facilities. (PA 600-L Form) The person who needs help to pay for nursing facility care, or someone acting on his behalf, may complete the form. Read More

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    Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
  • PA Health Law Project Toll-Free Helpline - Call: 1-800-274-3258

    The PA Health Law Project provides free legal services and advocacy to Pennsylvanians having trouble accessing publicly funded health care coverage or services. For assistance, call the PHLP Helpline at 1-800-274-3258 or 1-866-236-6310 TTY or e-mail the PHLP at staff@phlp.org. Information from the PHLP is also available online at www.phlp.org. Read More

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    Pennsylvania Health Law Project
  • SeniorLAW Helpline - 877 PA SR LAW (1-877-727-7529)

    The statewide toll-free SeniorLAW Helpline - 877 PA SR LAW (877-727-7529) - provides free legal advice, information and referrals by telephone for all Pennsylvania seniors 60 and over. Read More

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    SeniorLAW Center (Philadelphia)
  • About Personal Care Homes - General Information

    General information from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging about personal care homes. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Aging
  • Alternatives to Nursing Home Care

    Information from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services about programs that are available for people who need nursing home care but would rather live in their own home. Content Detail

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    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • LongTermCare.gov

    This website from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides information on Long Term Care including a "Pathfinder" to provide the information that is most relevant and useful to you now. Content Detail

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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Medicare Coverage of Nursing Home Care

    Information from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on when Medicare will pay some nursing home costs for Medicare beneficiaries who require skilled nursing or rehabilitation services. Content Detail

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    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Medicare Coverage of Skilled Nursing Facility Care

    A brochure explaining Medicare covered skilled care, your rights and protections, and where you can get help with your questions. (56 pages) [PDF] Content Detail

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    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Your Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home or Other Long‑Term Services & Supports

    This official government booklet explains How to find and compare nursing homes and other long-term services and supports; How to pay for nursing home care; Your rights as a nursing home resident; Alternatives to nursing home care. Content Detail

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    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Office of Long-Term Living

    The goal of this website is to provide you easy access to information about the services and supports available, across Pennsylvania, through the Office of Long-Term Living. Helpful information is available for those who provide care and for people interested in planning for future needs. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waiver Programs: A Manual for Consumers and Advocates in Southwestern PA

    This manual from the Pennsylvania Health Law Project focuses on the Waiver programs currently available in Southwestern PA to adults with physical, sensory, and/or developmental disabilities; however, basic information about the various Waivers applies statewide. The intent of this manual is to help consumers, family members, providers, and advocates understand the various options available and help them navigate the system (from applying to the programs to actually accessing services under a Waiver). [PDF] Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Health Law Project
  • Human Services Provider Directory

    This is a searchable directory to help you find a licensed human service program to assist you. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
  • Personal Care Home Frequently Asked Questions

    General information from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services regarding the residents rights under personal care home regulations. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Human Services