Consumer Health Advocacy Organizations

Toll Free Helpline 1-800-274-3258
Acerca de la Línea de Ayuda / (800) 274-3258

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


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.

Harrisburg, PA

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

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. – Online intake form

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

Butler Street
Pittsburgh PA  15201
Monday-Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM

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

Phone: 412-345-7456

Provide free legal assistance on civil matters for clients with HIV/AIDS.

Entrance wheelchair-accessible, wheelchair-accessible exam tables. Gender-neutral bathrooms, use people’s preferred pronouns, inclusive. Language interpreters available for appointments.

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.

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.

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

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:

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.

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: