Medical Assistance / Medicaid
In Pennsylvania, Medicaid is called Medical Assistance (MA). In order to get MA you must meet certain eligibility criteria. There are many ways to qualify for MA in Pennsylvania.
If you think you may qualify for MA you can apply, at any time, online at www.compass.state.pa.us, over the phone at 866-550-4355, or you can complete a paper application, which you can print out here and submit to your local county assistance office by mail or in person.
Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is Pennsylvania’s health insurance program for uninsured children and teens up to age 19. The cost of CHIP is dependent on a family’s size and income. Some children qualify for free CHIP, while others may receive subsidized, low cost CHIP. For families with income over 314% of the federal poverty line CHIP may be purchased at full cost.
The Marketplace refers to what is being called ‘Obamacare,’ which is a website where private insurance may be purchased by individuals. Certain people/families may qualify for premium tax credits and cost sharing reductions to reduce the cost and make insurance more affordable.
To find out if you are eligible for premium tax credits and cost sharing reductions, visit www.healthcare.gov.
Having trouble accessing publicly funded health care coverage? Call our Helpline at 1-800-274-3258 or email us at STAFF@PHLP.ORG.