Pennsylvania Health Law Project: Helping People in Need Get the Health Care They Deserve

PHLP Releases 2012 Annual Report  

PHLP is pleased to release our 2012 Annual Report. The report highlights the impact of PHLP’s legal representation, community education, and advocacy work on the lives of low-income consumers, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.
As we look back at 2012, we are proud of all we have achieved. It is a privilege to do this work, and we appreciate your support. Click here to view the report.

Join Us in Pittsburgh for PHLP's Health Care Champions Breakfast

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.
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 click here. Also, don’t miss our Early Bird discount, now until May 3, 2013.

PHLP Preserves Health Services for 15-Year-Old with Autism

Earlier this month, the mother of a 15-year-old boy, “Daniel”, called PHLP after learning her son’s residential treatment provider would discharge him because of inadequate insurance coverage.  Daniel receives treatment for his autism at a Residential Treatment Facility (RTF). However, when Daniel’s insurance transitioned from Medicaid to Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), CHIP's coverage failed to meet all his health needs. In particular, CHIP would not cover Daniel’s level of treatment. Therefore, the facility planned to release him, even though he was not ready to be discharged from that level of medical treatment.

PHLP immediately stepped in and reviewed Daniel’s situation. We determined that the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW) inappropriately terminated Daniel’s Medicaid coverage. DPW should have placed Daniel in a different Medicaid coverage category rather than send his case to CHIP. A few days after PHLP’s outreach to state officials, DPW corrected its mistake, reinstated Daniel’s Medicaid benefits and he continues to receive the important health treatment he needs.

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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 in The News

Campaign Trumpets Affordable Care Act's Options, Bill Toland, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 24, 2013

Upcoming Trainings

Special Needs Planning in 2013 Training with PHLP Senior Attorney David Gates, April 30, 2013

PHLP's Health Choices Part II Training with PHLP Senior Attorney Fran Chervenak and Janice Meinert, April-June 2013

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute's "Autism: Fitting the Pieces Together" training with PHLP Senior Attorney David Gates, June 2013

What We're Reading

Why Expanding Medicaid is Good for Pennsylvania's Health, Economy, and State Budget, Philadelphia Inquirer, April 25, 2013

Economic and Fiscal Impact of Medicaid Expansion in Pennsylvania, Economy League, April 19, 2013
Per Capita Caps in Medicaid, A Health Affairs Policy Brief, April 18, 2013
Expand Medicaid for Pennsylvania's Kids, Op-Ed by David Miles, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, April 17, 2013
Overview of HHS’ Proposed Rule on Benefits for the Medicaid Expansion Population: A Step Guide for Advocates, National Health Law Project, April 17, 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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