Veterans’ Health Care

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VA Health Care Overview

Veteran’s Administration (VA) provides a Medical Benefits Package to all enrolled Veterans. This comprehensive plan provides a full range of preventive outpatient and inpatient services within VA health care system. Also, once you enroll in the VA’s health care system, you can be seen at any VA facility across the country.

If you are a Veteran, or know of a Veteran, who lacks health insurance, please visit our website:

http://www4.va.gov/healtheligibility/Library/tools/Quick_Eligibility_Check/index.asp

or call toll free at 1-877-222-VETS (8387).

If you are in crisis or emotional distress and need to talk to someone right away:

The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.


Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.

http://veteranscrisisline.net/

Women Veterans

At each VA Medical Center nationwide, a Women Veterans Program Manager is designated to advise and advocate for women Veterans. She can help coordinate all the services you may need, from primary care to specialized care for chronic conditions or reproductive health.

Woman Veterans who are interested in receiving care at VA should contact the nearest VA Medical Center and ask for the Women Veterans Program Manager.

More information on the VA Programs for Women Veterans is available at:

http://www.publichealth.va.gov/womenshealth

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Consumer Health Advocacy Organizations

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CONSUMER HEALTH COALITION
415 East Ohio Street, Suite 300
Pittsburgh, PA  15212

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.
 

To reach our Navigators:

  • Call our Help Line at 412-456-1877
  • For help in Spanish, call 412-456-1877  x205
  • Or visit GetEnrolledPGH.com to submit your contact information directly to CHC online.

www.consumerhealthcoalition.org

PENNSYLVANIA HEALTH LAW PROJECT
Toll Free Helpline 1-800-274-3258
staff@phlp.org
www.phlp.org

PHLP’s toll-free Helpline is available to low-income people living in Pennsylvania who need help accessing health care coverage or services through the public health system. Legal advice, counseling, information, and referral services are available through the Helpline.

Not everyone needs a lawyer. When you contact PHLP, we may provide advice or coach you on ways to fix your problem on your own. If you do need a lawyer, we will talk to you about how we might represent you in hearings or other forums. Most of our work is done over the phone.

PITTSBURGH HEALTH BRIGADE

http://pittsburghhealthbrigade.wordpress.com/

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

THE PENNSYLVANIA HEALTH ACCESS NETWORK
Harrisburg, PA
215-557-0822 x 107
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
(412) 391-5225

intake@disabilityrightspa.org

https://disabilityrightspa.org/contact/

You can contact DRP’s Intake Team to seek advice about disability rights, access to services, abuse and neglect, and other issues by calling DRP’s toll-free number above or by emailing DRP at intake@disabilityrightspa.org. The intake system is staffed by intake workers (who take basic information from callers), full time intake advocates (who address advocacy issues), and full time attorneys (who addresses legal advocacy issues). Matters that require further assistance may be forwarded to a DRP staff person for follow-up while matters that require further legal advocacy may be forwarded to a DRP attorney for follow-up.