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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)
  • PA Health Insurance Eligibility QuickScreen - PA Health Law Project

    This is a screening tool that the PA Health Law Project has designed, based upon the State's eligibility rules, to help you to figure out if you may be eligible for free or low-cost health care coverage. It is not an official determination of eligibility nor an application for coverage. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Health Law Project
  • 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
  • Pennsylvania Offers Health Coverage to Low-Income Families.

    This brochure from the Pennsylvania Health Law Project provides information on the Medicaid program, which offers free or low-cost health insurance to children, pregnant women, people 65 and older, and people with disabilities or chronic health problems; and about the CHIP program, which offers coverage to children under age 19 either free or at a low cost. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Health Law Project
  • 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
  • How to Obtain Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Services in Pennsylvania

    Booklet from the Pennsylvania Health Law Project explaining how to obtain Mental Health Services and Drug & Alcohol Services under various programs in Pennsylvania. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Health Law Project
  • How Your Medical Assistance Coverage Will Change When You Get Medicare

    Explanation of what happens to your Medical Assistance when you qualify for Medicare from the Pennsylvania Health Law Project. [PDF] 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 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
  • 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
  • Biling Issues for Consumers with both Medicare and Medical Assistance

    A guide to health care billing issues for Dual Eligible Consumers (eligible for both Medical Assistance and Medicare) from the Pennsylvania Health Law Project. [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