PHLP is a nationally recognized expert and consultant on access to health care for low-income consumers, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. For more than two decades, PHLP has engaged in direct advocacy on behalf of individual consumers while working on the kinds of health policy changes that promise the most to the Pennsylvanians in greatest need.

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Success Story

A 39-year-old with developmental disabilities

When Gabrielle’s father passed away, her survivors’ benefits disqualified her for the services and supports she needed to live in the community.  PHLP helped Gabrielle avoid being placed in a nursing home.


Healthy Pennsylvania

PHLP recently submitted comments to the federal government on behalf of the Consumer Subcommittee in response to Governor Corbett’s Healthy Pennsylvania proposal (see here). Elements of the proposal could profoundly harm existing and future Medicaid consumers.  

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PHLP offers free legal advice to low-income people with insurance problems. We also help people who don't have health insurance.

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Do You Need Health Insurance?

Starting October 1, 2013, people can apply for the health insurance under the new health reform law, the Affordable Care Act. In Pennsylvania, the new law will not cover everyone, but many people will qualify.

This flyer can help you figure out if you should apply for Medicaid or CHIP, or if you should use the Marketplace to apply for other low-cost health insurance.

You can quickly find out if you qualify for subsidies or other forms of assistance using the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Subsidy Calculator. This tool helps people buying health insurance on their own in the Marketplace calculate premiums and subsidies.

More information on Health Reform from PHLP can be found here:
[Health Reform] [PA Developments]

Getting More Kids Covered: PHLP To Train Professionals in Family Courts, Pediatric Offices & Legal Aid Programs

Pennsylvania has a history of providing health insurance coverage to children in moderate- to low-income families. This coverage, through either Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), is free or subsidized for some at low-cost.

However, a small but significant percentage of eligible children are not enrolled.  This is harmful.  We’re working to change that thanks to a recent grant from the federal government.

Beginning this fall, PHLP will travel across the state to train family serving professionals about

  • the availability of children’s health insurance,
  • how to inform families about coverage options, and
  • where to refer families who need assistance applying for or renewing their coverage.

Some of the background papers for the targeted professional groups are posted on PHLP’s web site and can be found here: [Family Courts] [Legal Services Programs].