Consumer Health Advocacy Organizations

CONSUMER HEALTH COALITION
415 East Ohio Street, Suite 300
Pittsburgh, PA  15212
www.consumerhealthcoalition.org

Services are free.

Consumer Health Coalition has Certified Marketplace Navigators who can assist you with applying for and navigating public health insurance programs, including the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare,” Medical Assistance, and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program).

Helpline staff also assists families with renewing their health coverage, reaching their caseworkers to resolve issues, applying for free and low-cost pharmaceutical programs, navigating patient assistance programs, and learning how to use your health insurance.

  • Call our Help Line at 412-456-1877
  • Llame a nuestra Línea de Ayuda en Español: 412-456-1877  x205
  • Or visit GetEnrolledPGH.com to submit your contact information directly to CHC online.

PENNSYLVANIA HEALTH LAW PROJECT
Toll Free Helpline 1-800-274-3258
Acerca de la Línea de Ayuda / (800) 274-3258
staff@phlp.org
www.phlp.org

PHLP provides free legal help to Pennsylvanians who are seeking health coverage through publicly funded programs, or have been denied a medically necessary service.

Some examples of cases we handle include:

  • Denials of eligibility for Medicaid (Medical Assistance)
  • Denials of services under Medical Assistance (e.g., home health aides, prescription drugs, durable medical equipment)
  • Individuals struggling with their health care costs
  • Individuals struggling with their prescription co-pays under Medicare Part D

PITTSBURGH HEALTH BRIGADE
http://pittsburghhealthbrigade.wordpress.com/

Community-created provider directory and more.  Search for health care providers recommended by your fellow Pittsburghers and/or recommend someone yourself.  Also has sections on how to recognize good health care as well as resource listings.

THE PENNSYLVANIA HEALTH ACCESS NETWORK
Harrisburg, PA
877-570-3642
info@pahealthaccess.org
http://www.pahealthaccess.org/

PHAN can help you

  • get health insurance coverage – Medicaid, CHiP, ACA (Obamacare) Coverage…
  • resolve problems related to your health coverage
  • participate in political actions for health care access

http://pahealthaccess.org/get-help/

DISABILITY RIGHTS NETWORK
Pittsburgh Office
429 Fourth Avenue, Suite 701
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1505
(800) 692-7443
Live telephone intake hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
https://www.disabilityrightspa.org/get-help/intake/ – Online intake form
https://disabilityrightspa.org

DRP helps people with disabilities:

– With disability-related problems in employment, education, housing, access to facilities and programs, and access to the opportunity to vote
– Who are subjected to abuse or neglect
– Eliminate institutionalization and segregation and advocates for integrated community services, supports and treatment
– Eliminate discrimination on the basis of disability
– Advocate for government service systems and funding for people with disabilities

PERSAD CENTER
Butler Street
Pittsburgh PA  15201
412-441-9786
Monday-Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM
https://persadcenter.org/

PERSAD serves as an advocate for gender-non-conforming people who have experienced discrimination.

ALLIES FOR HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
5913 PENN AVE, 2ND FLOOR
PITTSBURGH, PA 15206
INFO@ALLIESPGH.ORG
https://alliespgh.org/contact-us/
412 345 7456

Provide legal representation for those with HIV/AIDS.

NAMI SOUTHWESTERN PA
105 Braunlich Drive
Suite 200
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
To contact NAMI Keystone PA’s adult mental health advocate, call the HelpLine at 1-888-264-7972. The HelpLine is staffed Monday through Friday during normal business hours.

Everyone needs an advocate. NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania gives individuals and families the facts, support, and tools necessary to make educated decisions about treatment and services. We also provide up-to-date information on state and federal legislation that impacts them and we help connect individuals with their policymakers.

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Health Insurance/Coverage Options

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (“OBAMACARE”)

SQUIRREL HILL HEALTH CENTER
4516 Browns Hill Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Squirrel Hill Health Center offers Certified Application Counselors and Enrollment Specialists to assist you in the Health Insurance Marketplace. This is a no cost service and you do not have to be a patient at our facility to get a one-on-one appointment with our Certified Application Counselors. The Health Insurance Marketplace offers a variety of healthcare plans to meet different needs and budgets. For help applying, choosing a plan or to ask questions, please call our Outreach & Enrollment Coordinator at 412-904-5285.

Interpretation services are available in over 200 languages.

YWCA
412-255-1471 or 211
YWCAPGH.ORG/HEALTH

ACA and Health Insurance Enrollment
Our staff of trained Navigators can answer questions, check to see if you qualify for Medicaid Expansion or Special Enrollment, and assist you with your application. To meet with a YWCA Navigator, call 2-1-1 (para Español 412-255-1471) or schedule online by clicking here.

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

Consumer Health Coalition at 412-456-1877 can help with filling out medical assistance forms and navigating that system.

Pennsylvania Health Law Project has some very useful information on Medical Assistance in their health care guide at www.phlp.org. Call them for assistance at 1-800-274-3258.

PHLP also has a quickscreen tool that you can use to estimate eligibility for medical assistance:

http://www.phlp.org/quickscreen

The best way to know if you qualify for medical assistance is to apply. Some programs e.g. Charity Care programs at hospitals, require you to apply for and be turned down for medical assistance before they will consider you for their programs. To apply, call your local County Assistance Office for an application. The Allegheny County Assistance Office can be reached at 412-565-2146.

You can also apply online for medical assistance (as well as food stamps, cash benefits…) through the COMPASS website at:

www.compass.state.pa.us

CHIP – PA CHILDREN’S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM
800-986-KIDS (5437)

http://www.chipcoverspakids.com/ApplyandRenew/Pages/Apply.aspx

CHIP covers all uninsured kids and teens up to age 19 who are not eligible for Medical Assistance. No family makes too much money for CHIP because there is no income limit. Coverage is free for families that meet income requirements.