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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 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)
  • 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
  • Resources on Home and Community Based Services

    Resources from the Pennsylvania Health Law Project on Home and Community Based Services that provide eligible individuals with disabilities or chronic health care needs with the care, supports, and services they need to remain at home and to age in place. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Health Law Project
  • Your Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home or Other Long‑Term Services & Supports

    This booklet from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services contains information on 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; and alternatives to nursing home care (48 pages) [PDF] Content Detail

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    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • How to Appeal a Welfare Decision

    Information from Community Legal Services of Philadelphia for public benefit recipients on how to appeal decisions made by the Department of Public Welfare regarding their benefits. Read More

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    Community Legal Services of 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
  • 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
  • A Caregiver's Guide to Selecting an Adults Day Services Center

    An 12-page guide from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging to help persons in need of adult day services. [PDF] 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
  • Eldercare Locator

    The Eldercare Locator from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging connects older Americans and their caregivers with sources of information on senior services. The service links those who need assistance with state and local area agencies on aging and community-based organizations that serve older adults and their caregivers. Content Detail

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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Nursing Home Compare

    Online tool to provide detailed information about the past performance of every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the country. Content Detail

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    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services