Health Care

There are a wide variety of health care programs available in Pennsylvania that can help with prescription costs, insurance, end-of-life planning, finding hospitals, clinics, and more. Options include both private pay and publicly funded programs.

Here are some of the types of services that exist:

  • Prescriptions – paying for your medications and counseling about prescription plans
  • Insurance – Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, and paying for insurance
  • Health care facilities – hospitals, clinics, and state health centers
  • Health care services in the home – therapy, home health, and personal care
  • End-of-life services and supports – hospice, palliative care, and end-of-life planning

Please call or fill out our contact form to learn more about the services available in your area.

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PACA MH/DS (Pennsylvania Association of County Administrators of Mental Health and Developmental Services)
The Pennsylvania Association of County Administrators of Mental Health and Developmental Services represents county mental health and intellectual disability program administrators from all of Pennsylvania’s counties. This website provides a County MH/ID Contact list.

PALPA (Pennsylvania Living Independence for the Elderly)
“LIFE” stands for “Living Independence for the Elderly,” which is a joint Medicare/Medicaid program that provides a comprehensive array of health and support services to qualified seniors who face health challenges that threaten their continued ability to live independently in the community. LIFE is both an insurer and a provider: it replaces any other health insurance you have and directly provides all of the health care and support services you need. LIFE is a better way of meeting your health care and other needs. Today there are LIFE programs serving communities throughout Pennsylvania – with the program becoming available to more seniors all the time.

DMVA (PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs)
The website of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) helps to provide resources and assistance to Pennsylvania's nearly one million veterans and their families, quality care for aging and disabled veterans, and prepare the Pennsylvania National Guard for their designated roles and responsibilities.

US Department of Veterans Affairs
The US Department of Veterans Affairs provides a variety of information regarding Health Care, Benefits, Career Training, and other services. This website is designed for veterans, family members and spouses, employees, and businesses.

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

DDAP (Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs)
The mission of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Program is to engage, coordinate, and lead the commonwealth's effort to prevent and reduce drug, alcohol, and gambling addiction and abuse; and promote recovery. The program's website offers information on potential benefits; locating a provider; and overdose awareness, among other drug and alcohol relevant topics.

PDA (Pennsylvania Department of Aging)
This is the main website for the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. This website includes information related to Aging Services; Recent News; and provides resources for Professionals and Providers.

APPRISE
APPRISE is a free health insurance counseling program designed to help older Pennsylvanians with Medicare. Counselors are trained staff and volunteers who can answer questions and provide objective, easy-to-understand information about Medicare, Medicare Supplemental Insurance, Medicaid, and Long-Term Care Insurance.

PACE
The Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly (PACE), the Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly Needs Enhancement Tier (PACENET), and PACE plus Medicare are Pennsylvania's prescription assistance programs for older adults, offering low-cost prescription medication to qualified residents, age 65 and older.

DHS (Pennsylvania Department of Human Services)
This is the main website for the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services’s seven program offices administer services that provide care and support to Pennsylvania's most vulnerable citizens. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for Pennsylvania’s individuals and families. We promote opportunities for independence through services and supports while demonstrating accountability for taxpayer resources.

COMPASS
COMPASS is an online application that allows Pennsylvanians (Adults and Children) the ability to screen for, apply for, and renew many health and human service programs. They include: Medical Assistance (MA), Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Home and Community Based Services (HCBS), Long Term Care Services, etc.

DHS SPBP (Special Pharmaceutical Benefits Program)
This program provides service to individuals with behavioral health needs who do not respond to first-line drug therapies and who are not eligible for pharmaceutical coverage under Medicaid. This website provides information regarding the atypical antipsychotic medications that are covered, questions and answers, eligibility, and contact information.

PA IEB (Pennsylvania Independent Enrollment Broker)
The Independent Enrollment Broker is an entity that provides enrollment services for individuals with physical disabilities and older Pennsylvanians who are applying for services within the Department of Human Services Office of Long Term Living. The PA Independent Enrollment Broker will work closely with service coordination providers and other key individuals in order to respond to needs, address issues, and ensure individuals receive services in a timely manner.

DHS OCDEL (Office of Child Development and Early Learning)
Increasing evidence has emerged to show that children's learning opportunities in the years before kindergarten have an important effect on their performance in school and ultimately their ability to contribute to society as adults. Through the Office of Child Development and Early Learning, Pennsylvania is helping our children, families, teachers and communities reach their promise.

DHS OLTL (Office of Long Term Living)
This website provides information about the types of services and supports funded throughout Pennsylvania by the Department of Human Services Office of Long Term Living (OLTL). The information provided will be helpful for caregivers, people who need rehabilitation and/or personal assistance, and/or people who are planning for future needs. Populations served include individuals over age 60 and individuals with physical/developmental disabilities over age 21.

DHS OMHSAS (Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services)
OMHSAS is committed to providing mental health and substance abuse services and supports that embrace its Mission and Vision that every individual served by the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Service system will have the opportunity for growth, recovery and inclusion in their community, have access to culturally competent services and supports of their choice, and enjoy a quality of life that includes family members and friends.

PA Recovery (DHS Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services)
This website falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS), and helps to ensure that every individual who is served by the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Service system has the opportunity for growth, recovery, and inclusion in their community, along with the chance to enjoy a quality of life that includes family members and friends.

DHS ODP-ID (Office of Developmental Programs)
This website provides information regarding the ever evolving intellectual and developmental disability service system. It is evolving from one focused on providing service in large institutions – often far from a person’s home and community -- to one based on a flexible and dynamic system of supports and services close to home and community. The new system is tailored to the needs of persons living in their home community which include community residential and day support services.

DHS ODP-BAS (Bureau of Autism Services)
This website provides information regarding the Department of Human Services' efforts to enhance the quality of life and independence of Pennsylvanians with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and to support their families and caregivers.

LIFE (Living Independence for the Elderly)
This Program offers individuals age 55 and older who are nursing-facility clinically eligible a community-based alternative to nursing home care. This program offers: long-term care, acute care, behavioral health, meals, transportation, and any other services determined necessary to meet the needs of the individual.

DOH (Pennsylvania Department of Health)
This is the main page for the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The Department's mission is to promote healthy lifestyles, prevent injury and disease, and to assure the safe delivery of quality health care for all Commonwealth citizens.

DOH HIP (Head Injury Program)
The goal of this program, offered by the PA Department of Health, helps to fund a year of rehabilitation for individuals with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). This website describes the services provided, eligibility criteria, where to call, and how to enroll.

DOH SPBP (Special Pharmaceutical Benefits Program)
This website provides information on how individuals living with a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS, who are not eligible for pharmacy services under the Medical Assistance Program, can obtain pharmaceutical assistance and specific lab services.

DOH Special Kids Network
The Special Kids Network assists children and youth with special health care needs to get the services and supports they require in order to thrive in the community and develop to their full potential. This program is offered through the PA Department of Health.

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