Open Enrollment for 2016 Health Insurance Coverage

January 30, 2016   Comments Off on Open Enrollment for 2016 Health Insurance Coverage

Open Enrollment ends January 1! Here’s a short informational video that features our Navigator Cassie at a City Hall enrollment event to remind everyone about the deadline and provide more information!

Nonprofits come to veterans’ aid to bolster health care in Pennsylvania

September 30, 2015   Comments Off on Nonprofits come to veterans’ aid to bolster health care in Pennsylvania

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Did you know that roughly 20% of veterans are homeless? CHC has formed partnerships with many community organizations including Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard and Enroll America to ensure that veterans have better access to health coverage.

This partnership was featured in the Post Gazette, and you can read the entire article here:

Consumer Health Coalition Leads Five-Partner, Statewide Navigator Consortium

September 3, 2015   Comments Off on Consumer Health Coalition Leads Five-Partner, Statewide Navigator Consortium

Group Awarded $2,178,561 to Provide Health Care Enrollment Help
Pittsburgh-based Consumer Health Coalition Leads Five-Partner, Statewide Consortium

SEPT. 2, 2015 (PITTSBURGH) — Led by the Consumer Health Coalition (CHC), a partnership of five nonprofit organizations has been awarded a $2,178,561 grant from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide outreach, education and enrollment assistance to individuals seeking healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

The Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN), Benefits Data Trust (BDT), Multicultural Community Resource Center (MCRC) and Healthcare Council of Western Pennsylvania (HCWP) join CHC in the partnership, which has statewide reach and will provide enrollment assistance to individuals and families in 36 counties.

Unlike the first two one-year grant periods during which navigator organizations received federal funding to provide education and assistance, this award will cover a three-year period, meaning the CHC consortium will share $726,187 each of the three years.

Last year, CHC also was the lead grantee in a five-partner consortium that was awarded $505,000.

“We are thrilled to be able to continue the critical work of educating and enrolling consumers in healthcare coverage,” said Jason Snyder, executive director of the Consumer Health Coalition. “Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Pennsylvanians now have access to healthcare coverage they can afford. It’s our job to ensure they understand their rights and options under the law and find healthcare coverage that works best for them.

“Being awarded the grant for a second year in a row is a testament to the great work of our partnership,” Snyder said. “Each partner has a deep history of connecting with and enrolling hard-to-reach, vulnerable populations and has successfully provided culturally and linguistically appropriate enrollment assistance during the first two open enrollment periods.”

The counties the consortium will cover include Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Carbon, Centre, Clearfield, Cumberland, Dauphin, Erie, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntington, Indiana, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Mifflin, Monroe, Northampton, Perry, Schuylkill, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland, and York.

Combined, these counties have nearly 700,000 uninsured residents, which is approximately 56 percent of the state’s total uninsured population. The Consortium’s target geographic area includes isolated rural counties, as well as population centers that received fewer resources in previous funding periods.

The consortium’s service area also covers nine of the 10 largest cities in Pennsylvania, while also covering significant portions of rural Pennsylvania, where 3.4 million residents (27 percent of the state’s population) live. Diverse ethnic and racial groups, including Latinos, African Americans and immigrants and refugees, are also represented among the counties the consortium will serve.

“We made a strategic decision for this grant application to propose resources in areas that have not received as much attention and service as other areas, whether they be clusters of non-English speaking refugees or populations dispersed across wide-ranging rural areas,” Snyder said. “These areas require experience, expertise and an understanding of and sensitivity toward culture. There’s a level of trust that must be present to successfully serve these areas, and our partners bring that.”

MCRC of Erie, which will receive $51,132 of the annual grant money, is new to the partnership this year. It will serve Erie County in Northwestern Pennsylvania. Refugees, immigrants and Hispanics from Puerto Rico are the fastest growing communities in Erie County, which has more than 24,000 uninsured residents. PHAN, with $249,986 of the grant, will primarily serve Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. BDT ($233,577) will primarily cover Southcentral Pennsylvania. CHC ($186,492) and HCWP ($5,000) will cover the Southwestern swath of the state.

As health program turns 50, study finds long-term benefits of childhood Medicaid

July 30, 2015   Comments Off on As health program turns 50, study finds long-term benefits of childhood Medicaid


Happy 50th birthday to Medicaid! The program has long-term benefits that address problems related to both health and poverty.

“I like to call it the ‘exhale’ of knowing you have health care coverage,” said Rev. Jo Snyder, who directs Advocacy and Consumer Engagement for the coalition.

Read the full article from Newsworks here:

City To Celebrate Health Care Coverage Options With 10-Neighborhood Marching Band Tour

July 20, 2015   Comments Off on City To Celebrate Health Care Coverage Options With 10-Neighborhood Marching Band Tour

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From WESA on the Healthy Together initiative:

Children and families fell in line Thursday tooting kazoos and banging makeshift instruments through Northview Heights beside the players of Pittsburgh’s River City Brass Band.

Dubbed March Pittsburgh, the movement kicked off an effort to enroll youth in health care programs with help from from a $40,000 UPMC Health Plan sponsorship, Mayor Bill Peduto’s office, the Consumer Health Coalition and other partners.

Organizers estimate 2,000 local children qualify for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program but are not enrolled.

“Those 2,000 kids are going to be the ones that are going to have a hard time when they start school,” Peduto said at the event. “They’re going to be the ones (who) are going to be struggling to stay in school. They’re going to be the ones having a hard time staying on a path that will lead them away from things they don’t want to be a part of.”

Find the full article here:

Find the full 10-neighborhood marching band schedule here:

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