Children’s Health Insurance Program provides health insurance to uninsured kids in Pennsylvania. All uninsured children up to age 18 years, regardless of their parents’ income, can qualify. In some cases, the child must be uninsured for six months prior to enrollment. CHIP works through various private health insurance companies to allow children to receive immunizations, prescriptions, and vision exams, and to visit the doctor and dentist. The cost for coverage is based on income and ranges from free to about $150 per month per child, and there are co-pays for some services.
Medical Assistance (Medicaid) provides free health care coverage to low-income Pennsylvania residents. Residents should fit into one of the eligibility groups that are covered by the Medical Assistance program and have income, and sometimes resources, which fall below the level set by the state for their category of eligibility. Apply using the COMPASS website, or by calling the County Assistance Office.
Behavioral Health Insurance (Mental Health, Alcohol, Drug, or Other Addiction Services)
Center for Victims ensures that any and all victims in need of services can easily and readily access quality, seamless, and comprehensive services that allow for reduced confusion for victims in their time of trauma; increases effectiveness, influence, and presence; avoid duplication of services; ensures sustainability for our organization; and creates a consistent and improved quality of service for their clients.
North Side Christian Health Center provides patients with primary and preventive health care services to improve health and well-being of all ages, from infants to senior citizens. NSCHC services include physical exams, cancer screenings, gynecological exams, and sick visits. Our children’s services include well-child visits, immunizations, and vision and hearing screenings.
Pennsylvania Health Law Project
PHLP website provides helpful newsletters with current content. PHLP also free legal services and advocacy to Pennsylvanians having trouble accessing publicly-funded health care coverage or services. Helpline at 800-274-3258 (TTY 866-236-6310).