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Pennsylvania Health Law Project

Helping people in need get the health care they deserve.

PHILADELPHIA, PA   |  http://www.phlp.org

Mission

PHLP is a nationally recognized expert and consultant on access to health care for low-income consumers, seniors, and persons with disabilities. For more than 25 years, 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. PHLP provides free legal services to lower-income consumers, seniors, and persons with disabilities who are having trouble accessing publicly funded healthcare coverage or services. We also serve as a resource to local legal services and advise or offer co-counsel to attorneys or paralegals at all of the legal services programs around Pennsylvania.

Ruling year info

1994

Executive Director

Mr. Laval Miller-Wilson

Main address

123 CHESTNUT ST STE 400

PHILADELPHIA, PA 19106 USA

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EIN

23-2749089

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (E01)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

PHLP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit law firm that represents Pennsylvanians who need help getting or keeping Medicaid coverage or services (Medicaid is also known as Medical Assistance or MA in Pennsylvania.)

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Legal Counsel to Vulnerable Pennsylvanians Seeking Quality Health Care Services

PHLP provides free legal services to low-income consumers, seniors, and persons with disabilities who are having trouble accessing publicly funded healthcare coverage or services.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Health
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients assisted with legal needs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Health, Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants, Victims of crime and abuse

Related Program

Legal Counsel to Vulnerable Pennsylvanians Seeking Quality Health Care Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

PHLP aims to make sure all Pennsylvanians have access to quality, affordable health care coverge. We provide free legal services to people having trouble getting or keeping publicly-funded health coverage and services, such as Medicaid.

For more than 25 years, we have worked tirelessly to advance the health care rights of our clients. We do this by providing legal representation to help clients keep Medicaid coverage and services; engaging in community education and outreach to consumers, advocates, and health care providers; and advocating for policies that best address our clients' healthcare needs and protect their legal rights.

Through our Helpline, PHLP serves thousands of individuals from across the state each year. We listen to our a client's story and we translate their personal experience into a legal problem to be solved. Sometimes that means challenging a decision to deny or stop Medicaid benefits. We also challenge Medicaid plans when they reduce or deny services.

Taking what we learn from individual cases, we advocate for large-scale policy changes that help others across the state. We also build capacity among consumers, providers, and other advocates by getting out in the community to provide education and training. Using the law and advocacy, we ensure that Pennsylvanians meet their most basic needs and have a pathway to opportunity.

As a statewide organization, we help clients from all 67 counties in Pennsylvania. We have offices in Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and Pittsburgh. To reach our Helpline, call 1-800-274-3258 on Monday or Wednesday from 8 AM to 8 PM.

In 2021, PHLP provided free legal services to over 2,000 Pennsylvanians who needed help accessing health care. These cases range in nature and scope, from Medicaid eligiblity to Waiver personal assistance service denials; from brief advice through our Helpline to representation in court.

We are incredibly proud of everything we’ve accomplished throughout the pandemic, but there is still more work to be done and, despite the ongoing pandemic, our mission will not be placed on hold. In 2022, we will continue providing free legal services to those who call us for assistance, delivering community education materials and trainings, and engaging in systemic advocacy that works towards solutions that promise the most to those in need.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
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Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Pennsylvania Health Law Project

Board of directors
as of 02/01/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mark Anderson

Temple University Beasley School of Law

Sarah Rosenberg

Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals

Rachel Blake

Regional Housing Legal Services

Dana M. Breslin

Pappano & Breslin

Michael Campell

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

Abigail Green

Cozen O’Connor

Ruth Landsman

Community Member/Disability Advocate

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/10/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/10/2022

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.