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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Resources for People with Disabilities

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HEALTH CARE CENTER FOR WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES

Magee Women’s Hospital
300 Halket St., Suite 5600
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412-641-4030

Hours of Operation
Thursday and Friday
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Our Specialized Equipment Includes:

  • scales for weighing women in wheelchairs
  • universally accessible exam tables
  • patient lifts
  • padded hydraulic stirrups for comfort

Services We Offer

  • pelvic exam
  • pap testing
  • mammogram
  • women’s wellness exam
  • clinical breast exam
  • birth control

Referrals

When it is necessary to refer women who visit our center to other physicians, we can refer our patients to physicians who also have accessible equipment for women with disabilities.

Fees/Discounts For Uninsured Patients: Sliding fee scale/ eligibility for services based on family size and income

Other Sites With Accessible Gynecological Exam Tables

Adagio Health East Liberty; Adagio Health Downtown Location; Squirrel Hill Health Center and Catholic Charities have accessible gynecological exam tables.

See Women’s Health section for info on these locations.

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

412-371-7700

TTY: 412-371-6230

http://www.trcil.org/

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.

TRCIL offers 4 core services:

INDEPENDENT LIVING SKILLS TRAINING – Develop the skills needed to live independently.

INFORMATION AND REFERRAL – Provide referral for specific services offered by TRCIL or other agencies.

ADVOCACY (Individual and Systems Change) – Work to address discrimination issues and promote systems change.

PEER SUPPORT – Provide one-to-one informal support and advice.

COMMUNITY HUMAN SERVICES CORPORATION IN-HOME SERVICES PROGRAM

http://www.chscorp.org/Health.htm

The In-Home Services Program provides specific supports to prevent, delay, or be a substitute for temporary or long term institutionalization of low-income adults with disabilities. Skilled Homemakers provide these services in the homes of qualified individuals.

Eligibility Criteria: Participants must have a disability; live in the city, be ages 18-59 years old; and an income of no more than 125% of the poverty guidelines.

Call 412.246.1636 or 412.246.1612 for information or to make a referral.

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE FOR WORKERS WITH DISABILITIES (MAWD)

The MAWD program gives individuals with illness or disability the opportunity to go back to work without fear of losing their health benefits. You can still receive social security and be eligible for the program.

To be eligible you must:

Be between the ages of 16 and 64
Be employed at least one hour per month and receiving compensation
Be mentally, physically, or developmentally disabled (You do not have to receive SSDI)
Have countable income less that $2,394 per month as a single person (2013 limit)
Have less than $10,000 in resources

You can apply online using the COMPASS website – https://www.humanservices.state.pa.us/compass/CMHOM.aspx or over the phone at the Department of Public Welfare HelpLine at (800) 692-7462.

The Consumer Health Coalition can also help with info or with the application process. 412-456-1877 x200.

DISABILITY RIGHTS NETWORK OF PA
429 Fourth Avenue, Suite 701
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1505
(412) 391-5225 [Voice]
(412) 467-8940 [TDD]
(412) 391-4496 [Fax]
drnpa-pgh@drnpa.org [Email]

DRNPA is the federally mandated,independent, non-profit agency in Pennsylvania that protects and advocates for the rights of people with disabilities. DRN provides consumers with assistance to remedy rights violations including abuse and neglect. DRN is committed to the inclusion of people with disabilities in the community and empowerment through self-advocacy.

DRNPA’s website has lots of information on assistive technology, education, mental health and more.

www.drnpa.org

 

PA CONNECTING COMMUNITIES

4401 Butler Street

Pittsburgh, PA  15201

412.621.6151

www.paconnectingcommunities.org

 

The Mission of PA Connecting Communities is to empower individuals with disabilities with opportunities to improve their quality of life.

PACC offers a wide range of services including:

  • Day Centers
  • Habilitation
  • Respite

Behavioral Consulting