Pennsylvania Health Law Project (PHLP) is recognized by government agencies, health care providers, low-income consumers, and their advocates as having tremendous expertise in publicly-funded health insurance programs. To bring to life the impact PHLP has on individuals and families, we share several clients stories below.
Note: all names have been changed to protect our clients’ identities.
A 34-year-old single mother of two children lost her Medicaid coverage (though the children remain covered) when she lost her job and started receiving unemployment compensation benefits. She called PHLP seeking information about why she lost her health insurance coverage and her options. In the course of our conversation the client mentioned she needed surgery because a biopsy showed she had a pre-cancerous condition of the cervix. Hearing that, we advised the client about Pennsylvania’s special Medicaid program known as the Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Program, which provides Medicaid to women with cancer and with pre-cancerous conditions. We advised her about the eligibility criteria and what she needed from her doctor to get approved. We also advised her about the special enrollment process for this program and referred her to the Healthy Woman Program within the Pennsylvania Department of Health for further assistance, and advised her to call back if she needed more help or if problems arose.