Pennsylvania Medicaid and
Medical Assistance (MA)

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A definition of Medicaid in Pennsylvania*

Medicaid in PA, is a program that pays for all or part of medical costs for low-income people. Medicaid covers families, persons who cannot afford medical care, elderly and people with disabilities.

In Pennsylvania, Medical Assistance is administered by the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) and county assistance offices conduct eligibility determinations and recertifications.

The Pennsylvania State Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP:

"CHIP is short for the Children's Health Insurance Program - Pennsylvania's program to provide health insurance to all uninsured children and teens who are not eligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance. There are a lot of reasons kids might not have health insurance - maybe their parents lost a job, don't have health insurance at work or maybe it just costs too much. Whatever the reason, CHIP may be able to help "

The Pennsylvania Cover All Kids program:

"Cover All Kids is the initiative that lead to the expansion of the CHIP program. Now, all uninsured children and teens in the commonwealth who are not eligible for Medical Assistance have access to affordable, comprehensive health-care coverage."

source: Office of Children's Health Insurance Program, Pennsylvania Insurance Department , Harrisburg, PA 17120

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Medicaid in Pennsylvania: How It Works; An Introduction to Pennsylvania Medicaid


Pennsylvania Medicaid Eligibility, How to get Medicaid in Pennsylvania


Pennsylvania Medicaid Citizenship Requirements


Applying for Pennsylvania Medicaid


Pennsylvania Medicaid Offices; Medicaid Hotline


Pennsylvania Medicaid Managed Care, HMO


Children's Medicaid: Health Programs for Children: Pennsylvania CHIP:


Pennsylvania Medicaid Benefits and Coverage: Medicaid Services


Medicaid Prescription Drugs; Preferred Drug List


Pennsylvania Medicaid Dental Services; Dentist


Pennsylvania Medicaid and Nursing Homes, Assisted Living, Long Term Care


Pennsylvania Medicare / Medicaid Dual Eligibles - Medicaid for people who are on Medicare


Pennsylvania Medicaid Waiver Programs

Medicaid Community Waivers in Pennsylvania

"The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is authorized under Section 1915(c) of the Social Security Act to waive certain Medicaid statutory requirements. These waivers allow the states to cover home and community-based services for specific populations to avoid institutionalization. Waivers may increase optional and additional Medicaid services, such as, respite care, environmental modifications and family training...

Pennsylvania offers several Medicaid waivers, including home and community-based services programs. Some of these waivers include: AIDS waiver, Attendant Care waiver; Autism waiver; COMMCARE waiver; Consolidated waiver; Elwyn Waiver; Family Planning Waiver; Independence waiver; Infant, Toddler and Families waiver; Michael Dallas Waiver; OBRA Waiver; Pennsylvania Department of Aging 60+ waiver and Personal Family Directed Support Waiver."
*source: Pennsylvania Medicaid Policy Center / University of Pittsburgh , Pittsburgh, PA 15260
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Report Medicaid Fraud in Pennsylvania


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