We work to protect the health care rights of seniors and individuals with disabilities.
PHLP is commited to ensuring that consumers have access to health and long term care systems that honor individual choice, protect participants' rights and dignity, and help seniors and people with disabilities live meaningful lives at home and in the community.
Long-Term Services and Supports, or LTSS, refers to services and supports that meet the medical and non-medical needs of people with chronic conditions who cannot independently care for themselves. LTSS can be provided at home, in the community, or in facilities (e.g. nursing homes). PHLP works to increase awareness and improve the effectiveness of Home and Community Based Services (HCBS programs), which are one type of LTSS, and which provide important alternatives to institutional care for individuals who wish to remain living in their homes or communities. Even though HCBS (sometimes called "Waiver") programs have been available for decades, many are not aware of their existence, how to qualify, or how to access these programs.
We work to ensure that seniors and adults with disabilities understand the LTSS services available to them, and that they receive the services and support they need through these LTSS programs in order to live meaningful and productive lives in the community or other setting of their choice. Our work includes providing direct legal services and representation to individuals seeking to get or keep LTSS services, providing community education programs for consumers, health care providers, and social service providers, as well as advocating for systemic change related to LTSS.
Specifically, our work focuses on three areas related to LTSS: 1) Community HealthChoices (CHC); 2) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS), also known as Waiver programs; and 3) Dual Eligibility (the term for people who have both Medicare and Medicaid insurance.) More information about our work in each of these three areas can be found below.