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More resources and programs

If you need help finding health care coverage in Pennsylvania, be sure to check out this list of government resources. From maternity health care coverage to prescription drug assistance, there are many free and low-cost programs in Pennsylvania that help you and your family if you’re having trouble paying for healthcare.

 

Prescription Drug Financial Assistance

APPRISE

Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities (MAWD)

SelectPlan for Women

Healthy Woman Breast and Cervical Screening Program (HWP)

Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Program (BCCPT)

Pregnancy/High-Risk Pregnancy (Healthy Beginnings/Healthy Beginnings Plus) 

Special Pharmaceutical Benefits Program - Mental Health

Special Pharmaceutical Benefits Program - HIV/AIDS

Community Health Centers

Special Kids Network System of Care (SKN/SOC)

Safety Net Dental Clinics

Pennsylvania Dental Society's Senior Dental Care Program

Mental Health Treatment

Social Security Administration

COMPASS

Prescription Drug Financial Assistance

Pennsylvanians who do not participate in any other state or federally funded prescription program may be able to receive free or low-cost prescription drug assistance. Call 1-800-955-0989 for The Pennsylvania Patient Assistance Program Clearinghouse or visit the website’s “Prescription Assistance” and “Other Pharmaceutical Programs.” The Clearinghouse will help you apply for free or low-cost prescription medicines available from drug manufacturing companies and other sources.

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APPRISE

APPRISE is a free health insurance counseling program designed to help older Pennsylvanians with Medicare. Counselors are specially trained staff and volunteers who can answer your questions about Medicare and provide you with objective, easy-to-understand information about Medicare, Medicare Supplemental Insurance, Medical Assistance and Long-Term Care Insurance. For more information, call 1-800-783-7067 or visit their website.

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Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities (MAWD)

MAWD is a health care coverage program for working individuals with a disability. There is no set requirement for how many hours you must work or how much you must earn, but you must work and receive wages to qualify. For more information, call 1-800-692-7462 or go to the website

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SelectPlan for Women

Pennsylvania’s SelectPlan for Women is free, confidential health care coverage for women between the ages of 18 and 44 that pays for family planning services and related preventive health screens provided by participating health care professionals. Family planning-related prescriptions are free at any participating pharmacy. For more information and to see if you are eligible, call 1-800-842-2020 or go to the website.

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Healthy Woman Breast and Cervical Screening Program (HWP)

HWP offers breast and cervical exams at no cost for eligible women. These exams include mammograms, clinical breast exams, pelvic exams and Pap tests. You qualify if you are 40 to 64 years old; have limited or no insurance; and have low to moderate household income. For more information and to find HWP checkup site near you, call 1-800-215-7494 or visit the website.

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Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Program (BCCPT)

If you have been diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer or a pre-cancerous condition of the breast or cervix, you may be eligible for free health care coverage for women through BCCPT. The care covers breast or cervical cancer treatment, as well as any other care needed for unrelated conditions while receiving your cancer treatment. You qualify if you are female; under age 65; meet the income requirements; and have limited or no insurance. For more information click here

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Pregnancy/High-Risk Pregnancy (Healthy Beginnings/Healthy Beginnings Plus)

If you are pregnant, you may be eligible for Healthy Beginnings or Healthy Beginnings Plus - free programs that provide comprehensive maternity health care coverage to pregnant women and their babies for a full year. Call 1-800-842-2020 or click here for more information on how to apply and for locations near you.

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Special Pharmaceutical Benefits Program—Mental Health

This program provides prescription drug assistance to individuals with schizophrenia who do not respond to first-line drug therapies and who are not eligible for pharmaceutical coverage under the Medical Assistance (MA) Program. For more information visit the DHS website.

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Special Pharmaceutical Benefits Program—HIV/AIDS

This program provides pharmaceutical assistance and specific lab services to low to moderate income individuals living with a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS who are not eligible for pharmacy services under the Medical Assistance (MA) Program. Applicants must be a resident of Pennsylvania, have a gross annual income of less than or equal to 337 percent of the Federal Poverty Level and have a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS to qualify for the program. SPBP-HIV/AIDS is the payer of last resort, and third-party resources must be used before payment is made by the program. For more information visit the DHS website.

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Community Health Centers

There are approximately 200 community health centers across the state that provide free or low-cost comprehensive, high-quality medical healthcare for all ages on an ability-to-pay basis. In some locations, a full range of services such as dental care and prescription assistance may be available. Services may be free or low-cost, based on your household income. To find the health center nearest you, call the PA Association of Community Health Centers, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 1-866-944-CARE (2273), or view a list of Pennsylvania health centers.

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Special Kids Network System of Care (SKN/SOC)

The mission of the Special Kids Network System of Care is to improve access to services, to provide comprehensive information for those seeking to identify services, and to foster the improvement or development of local services for children with special health care needs and their families. The SKN/SOC helpline connects individuals to resources and programs specific to their needs by making access to these resources easier for Pennsylvania families and providers. For more information, call 1-800-986-4550 or go to the Special Kids Network System of Care. 

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Safety Net Dental Clinics

Safety net clinics are most often nonprofit, community-sponsored dental clinics that typically see patients without other access to dental care.  The patients usually have a low income and can't afford dental care, or are patients on public health care programs who cannot find a private dentist willing to see them.  The dental treatment is either done for free or a sliding scale is offered.  Each program has its own limitations and availability of appointments, so call first to find out the specifics of a clinic near you. To identify nearby clinics visit the website.

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Pennsylvania Dental Association's Senior Dental Care Program

The Senior Dental Care Program offers reduced-cost dental care to eligible, low-income Pennsylvania senior citizens from dentists who are members of the Pennsylvania Dental Association. To learn more about the program, go to the website and look under “Resources and Programs.”

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Mental Health Treatment

Mental Health services are administered through county Mental Health/Mental Retardation (MH/MR) program offices.  The county MH/MR office determines a person's eligibility for service funding, assesses the need for treatment or other services and makes referrals to appropriate programs to fit treatment and/or other service needs.  For a list of county MH/MR office locations and contact information, visit Pennsylvania Association of County Administrators of Mental Health and Developmental Services.

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Social Security Administration

Federal benefits for people with qualifying disabilities who have worked in jobs that contributed to Social Security. Visit the Social Security website to learn more. 

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COMPASS

A site where Pennsylvanians can apply for many different health and human service programs in one easy place. Visit the COMPASS website to apply for health service programs today. 

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PAGE LAST UPDATED » 11/23/2014