PHLP Receives Award from the Barra Foundation
PHLP is proud of our work and the support we receive to aid people in distress: people whose physical and mental well-being are compromised by illness and who need help gaining healthcare coverage or getting the healthcare they need with their existing coverage.
Last week, the Barra Foundation
awarded PHLP a Community Fund grant to “acknowledge and advance exemplary nonprofit organizations serving Greater Philadelphia by providing unrestricted grants to support their work.” Organizations must be nominated and then chosen by a committee based on their demonstration of outstanding leadership, performance and adaptability. More information about the award can be found here
It is a privilege to do this work and we thank the Foundation and all
supporters for helping to make it possible.
PHLP Hosts Outreach and Enrollment Conference in Northeastern PA
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) extends new, federally subsidized coverage to hundreds of thousands of middle-class and low-income Pennsylvania residents. Yet as the October 1 start date of enrollment nears, many remain in the dark about how the new law will affect them and how to get coverage.
On September 11th, PHLP, Enroll America
and the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health
hosted a conference on the policy and implementation issues affecting health insurance coverage in Pennsylvania. Presenters included Roseanne Egan, the Deputy Regional Administrator of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, who gave an overview of the Affordable Care Act & its associated federally-facilitated marketplace, as well as Bill England, Pennsylvania State Director for Enroll America, who discussed the challenge of reaching and educating eligible uninsured persons in the state. The conference also included a presentation by Michael Williams, Statewide Director of Outreach and Enrollment at the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers (PACHC)
, who explained the role of Navigators and Certified Application Counselors.
Event sponsors included AmeriHealth Northeast, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Community Care Behavioral Health, CoventryCares from HealthAmerica, and Geisinger Health Plan. For the full conference agenda, click here.
Bill England of Enroll America presents on the challenges of finding and educating eligible uninsured persons in Pennsylvania.
PHLP Presenting at Statewide Conferences
PHLP staff will be leading several workshops about applying and enrolling in health insurance at two upcoming conferences:
First, the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN) is hosting a 2013 Public Benefits Law Conference
October 3-4, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Harrisburg. Staff at any organization that helps vulnerable clients access health, utilities, or cash assistance is welcome to attend. The registration deadline is September 24th
. Full information on the conference is available on the PLAN website
PHLP will also be presenting at the 2013 Conference and Clinical Summit
at the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers (PACHC), October 8-10, 2013 in Lancaster. For the agenda and registration information, click here
Client Spotlight: PHLP Helps Client Keep Coverage for Chemotherapy
For people with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, health insurance is a lifeline. But keeping that necessary coverage is not always easy.
Arthur Masters was shocked when, in the middle of a chemotherapy protocol for pancreatic cancer
, his oncologist’s office told him he lost his health coverage (Medicaid). Mr. Masters, a 57-year-old resident of Lackawanna County, had not received any notice from the local county assistance office that his health insurance would end. He was scheduled for chemotherapy the next day!
Distraught, Mr. Masters’ wife contacted PHLP. Our staff immediately contacted the county assistance office. A supervisor conceded that the office had not properly notified the family and reinstated the coverage. PHLP also counseled Mr. Masters on eligibility for another type of health insurance coverage: Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities (MAWD)
. For a small monthly premium, MAWD provides health insurance to individuals who are disabled due to chronic health problems and who are employed.
When PHLP relayed the news to Mr. Masters’ wife that her husband’s coverage would be reinstated, she burst into tears of gratitude, telling PHLP that the organization should be “reward[ed] one hundred times” for helping people like her husband access needed health care.
Maintaining essential health care for vulnerable populations is reward enough, but support (large and small) is always welcome!