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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These organizations do political organizing around health care issues, and they also help individual consumers in trying to get health care. They can give you info, advice, and help you with applications for medical assistance, charity care, etc.

CONSUMER HEALTH COALITION
415 East Ohio Street, Suite 300
Pittsburgh, PA  15212
412-456-1877 x200

If you know someone who is uninsured and needs assistance in applying for public health programs (such as Medical Assistance or the Children’s Health Insurance Program – CHIP), please have them call the CHC helpline. The phone number is 412-456-1877 and our services are free.

“Consumer Health Coalition’s mission is to inspire a consumer movement to enhance access to quality, affordable healthcare in Southwestern Pennsylvania. We accomplish this mission by enrolling and educating individuals in free and low-cost health insurance programs. We also educate consumers and our community partners through health access related news and policy reports. Along with outreach and education we also organize consumers, offer training opportunities to enhance advocacy skills, and collectively develop agendas for health care reform.”

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 anyone living in Pennsylvania who needs 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.  Great 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/

Click here or call the above phone number to take action for health reform.

About the PA Health Access Network (PHAN)

The Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN) is a statewide coalition of organizations working to protect high quality health insurance coverage for individuals and businesses and to expand coverage to the uninsured.

PHAN is working with local organizations and communities across the Commonwealth to turn public anxiety about declining health care coverage into a sustained public voice for reform. PHAN works to promote change at the state and national level by mobilizing affected constituencies, including consumers, health care providers, business, labor, the faith community, and the general public to press for a more accessible and affordable health care system…

PHAN Objectives:

1. To expand access for the uninsured in Pennsylvania;
2. To make comprehensive quality, affordable health care reform a major policy issue and;
3. To reform the private insurance system so that people have greater access to care.

The PHAN Leadership Team:

* Philadelphia Unemployment Project
* Consumer Health Coalition
* Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in PA
* SEIU State Council
* United Food and Commercial Workers 1776
* Pennsylvania Health Law Project
* Mayor’s Office of Consumer Affairs, City of Philadelphia
* Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center

THREE RIVERS CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING
(TRCIL)
900 Rebecca Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15221-2938
412-371-7700

A Center for Independent Living (CIL) is a non-residential, non-profit, community-based human service agency. Its purpose is to enable people with disabilities to lead self-directed and productive lives within the community.