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.


Benefit Change Letters Mailed to 800,000 Medicaid Households

On November 5, DPW began mailing all adult MA recipients a letter that describes upcoming benefit changes. Adults assigned to the “Healthy” or “Healthy PA Private Coverage Option” benefit package may need to request “Healthy Plus” to get a benefit package that meets their needs. For more information, see this PHLP alert.

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PHLP Releases Medical Assistance Eligibility Manual

PHLP has expanded and updated its Medical Assistance Eligibility Manual. Intended for health care advocates and the general public, this manual 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.

The updated Medical Assistance Eligibility Manual can be found here.

Do You Need Health Insurance?

This flyer highlights the new insurance option available starting in January 2015. Because of Medicaid expansion, most low-income adults in Pennsylvania will soon qualify for Medicaid. Please share this information widely!