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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.

Pennie - Pennsylvania's Health Care Marketplace

Pennie provides information on health care coverage available and how to sign up. All Pennsylvanians can search and choose coverage from November to January 15. After January 15th, folks who experience a Qualifying Life Event are still eligible to apply for financial assistance and shop for health insurance. Visit their website to learn more on qualifying life events.

City Health Dashboard

The goal of City Health Dashboard is to provide communities and city leaders with an array of regularly updated data specific to neighborhood and/or city boundaries – such as life expectancy, obesity, and children in poverty -- to improve the health and well-being of everyone in the community. You can use it to search for detailed information about health care in the 500 largest cities in the United States.

Directory of Local Health Departments in Pennsylvania

This is a tool to help you search for local health departments in your area. The listings provide contact information for local health departments across Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Department of Health

Website of the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Pennsylvania Health Access Network

Pennsylvania Health Access Network is Pennsylvania’s only statewide consumer-driven organization working to expand and protect access to high-quality, equitable, affordable healthcare for all Pennsylvanians. Since 2007, PHAN has brought together health care consumers and community organizations across the state to advocate for expanded access to health care in Pennsylvania. To achieve this, PHAN blends coalition-building and policy advocacy with our unique model of community health organizing that focuses on supporting and empowering consumers to get the treatment they need and become advocates for better healthcare in their local communities and statewide.

Public Health Management Corporation

Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) is a nonprofit public health institute that builds healthier communities through partnerships with government, foundations, businesses and community-based organizations. With more than 2,500 employees, 350 programs, a network of subsidiary organizations, 70 locations, sites and close to 350,000 clients served annually, PHMC is one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the nation.

Rural Health Information Hub - Pennsylvania

Listing of Rural Health Information resources in Pennsylvania compiled by the Rural Health Information Hub

Pennie - Pennsylvania's Health Care Marketplace

Pennie provides information on health care coverage available and how to sign up. All Pennsylvanians can search and choose coverage from November to January 15. After January 15th, folks who experience a Qualifying Life Event are still eligible to apply for financial assistance and shop for health insurance. Visit their website to learn more on qualifying life events.

Federal Court Finder

Find a federal court location by location or court name, including appellate, district, bankruptcy, probation and pretrial office, or federal defender organization. Each District Court has its own local forms which are generally available on the Court website.

Hospital Compare - A quality tool provided by Medicare

This tool from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides you with information on how well the hospitals in your area care for all their adult patients with certain medical conditions. This information will help you compare the quality of care hospitals provide.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance - Search for Prescription Programs

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance brings together America's pharmaceutical companies, doctors, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program that's right for them. Many will get them free or nearly free.

Living Wills/Health Care Powers of Attorney

Consumer information pamphlet from the Pennsylvania Bar Association. (August 2013)

Making Medical Decisions for Someone Else

This booklet from the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging describes in simple terms what it's like to be a health care proxy, what to do while there is still time to think about it, how to make the hard decisions, and where to get help. [PDF] (2009)

Living Will and Healthcare Power of Attorney

Free PA Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney endorsed by the Allegheny Bar Association and Allegheny County Medical Association. Download the Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney Form. Included is a video introduction to living wills and a video step by step guide to using the free endorsed Pennsylvania Health Care Power of Attorney and Living Will form.

healthfinder® - your guide to reliable health information

healthfinder® is an award-winning Federal Web site, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services together with other Federal agencies. Since 1997, healthfinder® has been recognized as a key resource for finding the best government and nonprofit health and human services information on the Internet. healthfinder® links to carefully selected information and Web sites from over 1,700 health-related organizations.

Pennie - Pennsylvania's Health Care Marketplace

Pennie provides information on health care coverage available and how to sign up. All Pennsylvanians can search and choose coverage from November to January 15. After January 15th, folks who experience a Qualifying Life Event are still eligible to apply for financial assistance and shop for health insurance. Visit their website to learn more on qualifying life events.

Mental Health Care Advance Directive

A Mental Health Advance Directive is a document that allows you to make your choices known regarding mental health treatment in the event that your mental illness makes you unable to make decisions. This packet provides information and forms to allow you to prepare documents to fit you needs regarding an advance directive. [PDF]

Fact Sheet: Your Health Information Privacy Rights [PDF]

Information sheet from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services about the privacy of your health information.

How To File a Privacy Rule Complaint

Information on how to file a health information privacy complaint with the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

How to Keep Your Health Information Private and Secure

Information from Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology on how to protect your health information online.

Intellectual Disabilities Services

Information from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services on the intellectual and developmental disability service system in Pennsylvania.

Benefit Publications from the Social Security Administration

Large collection of publications providing information on the various programs such as: disability benefits, appeal process, benefits for people with HIV, how workmans' compensation can affect your disability benefits, children with disabilities, info on receiving your payments, benefits for those who are blind or have low vision, details on ticket to work incentives, info on working while disabled, retirement benefits, government pension offset, medicare, windfall provision, survivors benefits, SSI, SSI for non-citizens, food stamps and other nutrition progams, protecting your on social security numbers, and more. Many publications available in Spanish.

Benefits For People With Disabilities

Information from the Social Security Administration about programs available to people with disabilities. Information includes how to apply, on-line forms, and a link to the benefit eligibility screening tool.

Hospital Compare - A quality tool provided by Medicare

This tool from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides you with information on how well the hospitals in your area care for all their adult patients with certain medical conditions. This information will help you compare the quality of care hospitals provide.

If You Are Blind Or Have Low Vision - How We Can Help

Information from the Social Security Administration for those who are blind or have low vision regarding benefits you may be eligible for through Social Security. [PDF] (January 2022)

Office of Medical Assistance Programs

Section of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services website dedicated to the Office of Medical Assistance Programs which administers and oversees the Medical Assistance program in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Adoption Information Registry

The Pennsylvania Adoption Information Registry is a medical and social history database maintained by the Department of Human Services for adoptees, adoptive parents, and birth relatives who would like to share or obtain medical or social history about themselves or their birth relatives.

Pennsylvania Department of Health

Website of the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Pennsylvania Health Care Facilities Search

Search aid from the Pennsylvania Department of Health to help you locate health facilities in Pennsylvania.

Retirement Plans-Benefits & Savings

Information from the United States Department of Labor regarding retirement plans offered by your employer.

Social Security Benefits for People Living with HIV/AIDS

Information from the National Association of Social Workers for people with HIV infection regarding disability benefits available through Social Security. [PDF]

Consent, Capacity and Substitute Decision-Making

This manual provides people with disabilities, their family members, service providers, and others with information about the important issues related to decision-making and preserving people's right to make decisions for oneself to the maximum extent possible. [PDF]

Fact Sheet for Consumers - If Your Residential Mental Health Services are Terminated

This Fact Sheet addresses the rights of adults with mental illness who received notices of termination of services from their residential program providers.

Publications from the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

List of Publications from the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. The Bazelon Center produces reports, issue papers, and manuals that analyze major federal laws, policies, and regulations that affect access to services and the rights of people with mental disabilities.

Private Disability Insurance

This fact sheet from the Disability Rights Pennsylvania contains general information about private disability insurance. [PDF] (February 2018)

City Health Dashboard

The goal of City Health Dashboard is to provide communities and city leaders with an array of regularly updated data specific to neighborhood and/or city boundaries – such as life expectancy, obesity, and children in poverty -- to improve the health and well-being of everyone in the community. You can use it to search for detailed information about health care in the 500 largest cities in the United States.

Directory of Local Health Departments in Pennsylvania

This is a tool to help you search for local health departments in your area. The listings provide contact information for local health departments across Pennsylvania.

Health Reform Hits Main Street (Video)

Confused about how the new health reform law really works? This short, animated movie from the Kaiser Family Foundation -- featuring the "YouToons" -- explains the problems with the current health care system, the changes that are happening now, and the big changes coming in 2014.

Pennsylvania Health Access Network

Pennsylvania Health Access Network is Pennsylvania’s only statewide consumer-driven organization working to expand and protect access to high-quality, equitable, affordable healthcare for all Pennsylvanians. Since 2007, PHAN has brought together health care consumers and community organizations across the state to advocate for expanded access to health care in Pennsylvania. To achieve this, PHAN blends coalition-building and policy advocacy with our unique model of community health organizing that focuses on supporting and empowering consumers to get the treatment they need and become advocates for better healthcare in their local communities and statewide.

Public Health Management Corporation

Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) is a nonprofit public health institute that builds healthier communities through partnerships with government, foundations, businesses and community-based organizations. With more than 2,500 employees, 350 programs, a network of subsidiary organizations, 70 locations, sites and close to 350,000 clients served annually, PHMC is one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the nation.

Rural Health Information Hub - Pennsylvania

Listing of Rural Health Information resources in Pennsylvania compiled by the Rural Health Information Hub

Trans Youth Handbook

The Trans Youth Handbook serves as a comprehensive legal resource guide that covers the rights of trans youth across a wide spectrum of situations, including identity documents, school, health care, non-affirming care environments, and work.

Health Law: COVID-19 Federal and State Updates

The Pennsylvania Health Law Project (PHLP) is monitoring the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and posting information to ensure that those with Medical Assistance (MA) and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage have services, and to securing insurance coverage for the uninsured.

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