Health: Never Taken for Granted
Health is never taken for granted at PHLP. We are acutely aware that uninsured persons in good health are lucky. Only a few of us are fortunate enough not to need health care, and none of us can predict injury or major illness.
PHLP stands by people in distress: people who did not do anything wrong but whose physical and mental health is compromised. The services we obtain for our clients are important to people’s well being, and provide peace of mind: the kind of peace we wish for anyone who needs medical care.
At the heart of PHLP are the one million Pennsylvanians who live without health coverage, and the hundreds of thousands of children and disabled adults in the Medicaid (Medical Assistance) program. Their experiences and health care needs keep us grounded. We strive to help in every way we can: obtaining health coverage for the uninsured, restoring skilled nursing care for developmentally disabled children and adults, and counseling low-income seniors confused about Medicare enrollment. It is a privilege to do this work.
We are appreciative for the fellowship of the many agencies with whom we partner, and we thank every one
of our donors because their support has improved the lives of thousands who have turned to PHLP for direct help.
PHLP Helps 53-year-old, Disabled Woman Re-Enroll in Medical Assistance
"Erin Martinez" is a 53-year-old woman living in Northeast Pennsylvania. Due to a previous accident, Ms. Martinez receives a modest income from the Social Security Disability (SSDI) program and had relied on Medicare and Medical Assistance (MA) to provide for her ongoing medical needs. Earlier this fall, she received a small cost of living increase to her SSDI payments, placing her $1 above MA’s income eligibility guidelines. Without the help of MA, Ms. Martinez had trouble making her modest income cover her medical costs as well as the rest of her daily needs, and she turned to PHLP for help.
When Ms. Martinez shared her story with PHLP, we immediately recognized that this $1 was the only barrier between Ms. Martinez and access to the quality health care she needed. PHLP reviewed the income assessment of the County Assistance Office, and discovered inaccuracies. Ms. Martinez’s banking expenses—including account fees, checks, and the cost of transportation to the bank—should have been deducted to keep her income under the limit.
One month later, Ms. Martinez called PHLP again. This time she had a new story to tell: she was re-enrolled in Medical Assistance and could access the health care she needed. She thanked PHLP for all its help and hung up the phone with a renewed sense of security that she could receive necessary medical treatment.