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PHLP Releases Medical Assistance Eligibility Manual

January 6, 2015

PHLP has expanded and updated its Medical Assistance Eligibility Manual. Intended for health care advocates and the general public, this manual describes eligibility for Pennsylvania’s Medicaid Assistance (or Medicaid) program in plain language. Readers will learn Medicaid coverage “categories” as well as the program’s income and resource counting rules.

The updated Medical Assistance Eligibility Manual can be found here (PDF).


Task Force on Student Health Insurance Releases Report & Recommendations

October 3, 2014

The Task Force on Student Health Insurance has issued a report and recommendations regarding the current and future state of student health insurance at Penn State.

Task Force on Student Health Insurance Final Report


Message from Dennis Shea, Chair Student Health Insurance Task Force

June 10, 2014

During the past 6 weeks, I have been working with the 17 other members of the Student Health Insurance Task Force charged by Provost Jones to examine the current state and future of student health insurance at Penn State. During the course of our first six meetings, we have had the opportunity to review extensive information from University Health Services, meet with the University’s benefits consultant from Towers Watson, and discuss the current situation and future with representatives from Aetna, our current insurance provider.

While the Task Force continues to research and discuss the complicated issues in this area, as a group we wanted to update the Penn State community on our efforts. Our FAQ, available at http://sites.psu.edu/tfonshi/faq/ provides some initial answers to questions we have seen raised during the Spring semester.

The web site also provides information on the charge to the Task Force and its members. In addition there is an opportunity for any member of the community to submit questions to the Task Force for us to research and respond, adding to this informational update. We are also working with the student representatives on the Task Force from the Graduate Student Association and the University Park Undergraduate Association to arrange some face-to-face and online meetings for Task Force members to hear from students and other members of the community.

The Task Force plans to provide a draft report and recommendations to Provost Jones by July 1, but has asked and been granted additional time during the summer to complete its examination and recommendations.

Throughout the next 2 months, we welcome input from any member of the University community to help guide our efforts. Feel free to submit information or questions through our web site or contact members of the Task Force directly to help us begin the effort to create a sustainable, long-term, high quality plan for the future of student health insurance at Penn State.

Dennis Shea, Chair,
Professor of Health Policy and Administration,
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Outreach,
College of Health and Human Development