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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)
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  • 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
  • Many Immigrants Can Get Medical Assistance for Coronavirus Treatment

    Information about immigrant eligibility for Medical Assistance and about access to for COVID-19 testing, diagnosis, and treatment. Read More

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    Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
  • Medical Assistance in PA: Frequently Asked Questions

    Answers to frequently asked questions about Medical Assistance from the Pennsylvania Health Law Project. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Health Law Project
  • Medical Assistance Copayments - A Factsheet for Consumers

    Fact sheet on the law when you cannot afford to pay your medical co-pays for Medical Assistance benefits. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Health Law Project
  • Medical Assistance Eligibility Manual

    Intended for health care advocates and the general public, this manual from the Pennsylvania Health Law Project describes eligibility for Pennsylvania’s Medicaid Assistance (or Medicaid) program in plain language. Readers will learn Medicaid coverage “categories” as well as the program’s income and resource counting rules. (PDF) Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Health Law Project
  • Medical Assistance Eligibility Manual

    Information from the Pennsylvania Health Law Project on the eligibility requirements for Medical Assistance benefits and how to establish eligibility for the benefits. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Health Law Project
  • Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities

    Information from the Pennsylvania Health Law Project on the MAWD (Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities) Program which allows qualified persons to purchase Medical Assistance if their income does not exceed 250% of the Federal Poverty Level. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Health Law Project
  • Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities (MAWD) - A Guide to Eligibility

    Information from the Pennsylvania Health Law Project about how to qualify for Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities (also called “MAWD”), a state health insurance program for individuals who have chronic health problems and are working. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Health Law Project
  • Should I Apply for Medicaid or CHIP?

    This chart and accompanying information from the Pennsylvania Health Law Project is intended to help individuals and parents understand Medicaid and CHIP application paths. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Health Law Project
  • Community HealthChoices

    Information from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services about Community HealthChoices, a program that will coordinate your health care coverage to improve the quality of your health care experience with a goal of increasing opportunities for older Pennsylvanians and individuals with physical disabilities to remain in their homes. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
  • Community HealthChoices Toolkit

    Community HealthChoices (CHC) is a new waiver program for individuals over 21 years old with a disability who previously received services through the Independence, CommCare, or Aging Waivers. This toolkit was developed by the Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation, in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Health Law Project to provide information on CHC. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Health Law Project
  • Community HealthChoices (Video)

    This video from the Pennsylvania department of Human Services explains the new Community HealthChoices program. Community HealthChoices will coordinate your health care coverage to improve the quality of your health care experience — serving more people in communities rather than in facilities, giving them the opportunity to work, spend more time with their families, and experience an overall better quality of life. Read More

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    Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
  • MAWD or Marketplace? - What Pennsylvanians with Disabilities Need to Know About Choosing Health Insurance Coverage

    Information on the selection of medical insurance by persons eligible for Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities (MAWD). Today, people with serious health issues and persons with disabilities who are working or may be able to work, can choose between Marketplace health insurance and MAWD. Includes eligibility requirements for each program, how to apply and highlights factors to consider when choosing coverage. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Health Law Project
  • Medical Assistance Benefits for Workers with Disabilities

    Information on Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities (MAWD) from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. MAWD lets Pennsylvanians with disabilities take a fulfilling job, earn more money and still keep their full medical coverage. With MAWD you can keep Medical Assistance while you work, even if your earnings increase above the limits for other Medical Assistance programs. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Human Services