|Season's Greetings from PHLP
Health is never taken for granted at PHLP. Only a few of us are fortunate enough not to need health care, and none of us can predict injury or major illness.
As 2012 draws to a close, PHLP thanks everyone that helped us stand by people in distress: people who did nothing wrong but whose physical and mental well being is compromised by illness.
The backbone of our work is helping individuals. This calendar year, PHLP provided direct legal services to 4,500 Pennsylvanians. Every month this year, our eNews has profiled one of these clients. These profiles exemplify how we make a difference: stories of Pennsylvanians who had nowhere else to turn, and who, without our services, would have been significantly harmed.
Kenneth Appleby, a 56-year-old resident of Potter County, whose pharmacy denied him a prescribed antibiotic to treat bronchitis because Mr. Appleby was over Pennsylvania’s new six-prescriptions-per-month limit. PHLP helped Mr. Appleby request a benefit limit exception for the antibiotic and obtain a five-day emergency supply while he waited for the exception to be approved.
Client experiences and their health care needs keep us grounded and push us to keep fighting for Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable. There is much work ahead, especially as federal and state officials begin final preparations for the once-in-a-generation coverage expansions that starts in January 2014.
“Carly”, a 19-year-old resident of Luzerne County, who was pregnant and did not have access to the medical care she needed to keep her chronic kidney disease from impacting her baby’s health. State officials said that because Carly lived with her fiancé and his mother, she was income ineligible for Medicaid. PHLP immediately contacted those officials on Carly’s behalf and advised them that non-spouse, non-guardian income should not be counted. Carly obtained coverage and received the medical care she needed to keep herself and her baby healthy.
Please consider us when you are making any year-end contributions to charitable organizations. Donations can be made by mail or by using our secure online form at www.phlp.org.
We wish you good health, and hope you will continue to stand for health access in the New Year!
Laval Miller-Wilson, JD