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PHLP is a nationally recognized expert and consultant on access to health care for low-income consumers, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. For more than two decades, PHLP has engaged in direct advocacy on behalf of individual consumers while working on the kinds of health policy changes that promise the most to the Pennsylvanians in greatest need.
“Enhancing the quality of life of all older Pennsylvanians by empowering diverse communities, the family and the individual.”
Department of Public Welfare (DPW) Mission and Vision Statements: Our vision is to see Pennsylvanians living safe, healthy and independent lives. 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.
The Office of Long-Term Living helps Pennsylvanians find answers to these questions:
- What types of services and supports are available?
- Where can you find providers or caregivers?
- How do I become a provider of long-term living services?
- How will you pay for the services?
The Pennsylvania LINK to Aging and Disability Resources has partner networks that cover all 67 counties to improve access to long-term care supports through an integrated network of local partners committed to expanding the use of community-based solutions, promoting consumer directed decision making, and improving quality of services regardless of age, physical/developmental disability, or ability to pay.
All Americans – including people with disabilities and seniors – should be able to live at home with the supports they need, participating in communities that value their contributions. To help meet these needs, HHS created a new organization, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) with the goal of increasing access to community supports and full participation, while focusing attention and resources on the unique needs of older Americans and people with disabilities.
ACL includes the efforts and achievements of the Administration on Aging, the Office on Disability and the Administration on Developmental Disabilities in a single agency, with enhanced policy and program support for both cross-cutting initiatives and efforts focused on the unique needs of individual groups such as children with developmental disabilities, adults with physical disabilities, or seniors, including seniors with Alzheimer’s.
National Transitions of Care Coalition (NTOCC) provides tools and resources to patients, caregivers, health care professionals and policy makers who seek to address challenges in meeting the needs of patients transitioning between care settings. Patient care during transitions is often rushed, responsibility is fragmented among multiple providers and communication suffers across care settings. These failures lead to undue burdens on patients and their families and negatively impact patient safety, quality of care, outcomes and health care costs. The focus of NTOCC is to bring together thought leaders and health care experts from various settings to address this critical issue, define solutions and develop tools to address the gaps impacting patient care.
BenefitsCheckUp is free service of the National Council on Aging (NCOA), a nonprofit service and advocacy organization in Washington, DC. Many adults over 55 need help paying for prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other basic needs. There are over 2,000 federal, state and private benefits programs available to help. But many people don’t know these programs exist or how they can apply. BenefitsCheckUp asks a series of questions to help identify benefits that could save you money and cover the costs of everyday expenses. After answering the questions, you will get a report created just for you that describes the programs you may get help from. You can apply for many of the programs online or you can print an application form.
The Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care oversees the policy and implementation of VA’s programs that provide geriatric and other long-term care programs and services to Veterans. The Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care staff are administrative and healthcare subject matter experts that are dedicated to overseeing the quality of care for aging and chronically ill Veterans. We are committed to establishing VA’s role as a leader and a partner in the healthcare community.