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Pennsylvania Health Law Project: Helping People in Need Get the Health Care They Deserve
PHLP 20th Anniversary Event in Pittsburgh--Tickets Still Available!

In honor of our 20th anniversary of incorporation, PHLP is hosting an anniversary breakfast on Wednesday, May 29 at the DoubleTree Pittsburgh Downtown. We invite you to join us and celebrate PHLP’s work as the only non-profit law firm in the Commonwealth exclusively focused on access to quality health care for low-income families, persons with disabilities and the elderly. 

The breakfast will begin at 8:15 am and conclude by 10 am. We will publicly acknowledge four "health care champions":
  • Staunton Farm Foundation
  • East Liberty Family Health Center
  • Matthew Moses, Esq. (former PHLP Board Member)  
  • Southwestern Pennsylvania Area Agency on Aging, Inc.
The program will include a keynote from Professor Alan Meisel, the founder and director of the Health Law Certificate Program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

For more information and to register for the event, please see the event's invitation.


PHLP Celebrates 50,000 Cases Since 2003

Our clients’ experiences and their health care needs keep us grounded and push us to continue fighting for Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable. In 2012, PHLP provided direct legal services to 5,400 Pennsylvanians. In May 2013, PHLP opened its 50,000th case since 2003. This marks a significant accomplishment in PHLP’s history. We are proud to share this milestone with you as it reminds us of PHLP’s commitment to ensuring all members of our community get the health care they deserve. 

Client Spotlight: PHLP Fights for Family with Two Special Needs Sons

In a family with two special needs children, the “Anderson” family from Somerset County relies on the expertise and support of skilled nurses. Their 12-year-old son “Matt” suffered severe airway trauma at birth that left him tracheostomy and g-tube dependent. He was also diagnosed with Costello Syndrome, a rare genetic disease that resulted in severe developmental delays. Matt’s younger brother, “Jacob”, lives with autism and often wanders off and puts himself at risk. When Matt’s parents needed to travel with Jacob on Sundays for life-saving therapy, they requested additional skilled nursing coverage for Matt. However, Matt’s Medical Assistance health plan denied the service as medically unnecessary. 
 
In need of help and unsure what to do, Matt’s mother contacted PHLP. PHLP walked her through the grievance process and advised her on how to proceed at the first level of appeal. When the first level grievance resulted in another denial, PHLP agreed to represent Matt at the second level. Guided by PHLP’s expertise, Matt and his family gathered stronger evidence to support Matt’s need for skilled nursing. At the hearing PHLP successfully demonstrated Matt’s medical need for Sunday nursing hours and the health plan agreed to provide the additional hours of care. 
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Celebrate with PHLP

Celebrate 20 years of PHLP helping people in need get the health care they deserve at PHLP's Health Care Breakfast of Champions, Pittsburgh, May 29, 2013.

PHLP's 2012 Annual Report

Learn about the power of PHLP's legal representation, communciation education, and advocacy work in the lives of Pennsylvanians in PHLP's 2012 Annual Report.

PHLP in the News

PA, NJ Get Meager Aid to Help Consumers with Obamacare, Phil Galewitz, Philadelphia Inquirer, May 12, 2013

What We're Reading

The Oregon Experiment -- Effects of Medicaid on Clinical Outcomes, New England Journal of Medicine, May 2, 2013 

How Some Rural Areas are Being Pinched by Lack of Medicaid Expansion, American Public Media: MarketPlace, May 9, 2013

Quick Take: Key Considerations in Evaluating the ACA Medicaid Expansion for States, The Kaiser Family Foundation,  April 18, 2013

Q&A on Preventive Services for Women Coverage Requirements, National Health Law Program, April 2013

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The Pennsylvania Health Law Project is a nationally recognized expert and consultant on access to health care for low-income consumers, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. PHLP engages in direct advocacy on behalf of individual consumers while working on the kinds of health policy changes that promise the most to the Pennsylvanians in greatest need.
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