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Welcome to the 2020 PLAN Virtual Statewide Conference

All workshops will be presented virtually by webinar on the Zoom platform. You must register for individual workshop webinars by clicking the Register for the Webinar button appearing in the workshop description and completing the registration information to be admitted into the webinar.

Pennsylvania CLE credits will be available to attorneys who actively participate in webinars and indicate their participation through polls displayed periodically during the webinars.

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Health Law [clear filter]
Thursday, September 10
 

10:00am EDT

Major Changes in the Health Insurance Marketplace: Understanding Pennie, the New State Health Insurance Exchange
Obamacare is changing in Pennsylvania! Pennsylvania is leaving the federal health insurance marketplace and creating it's own state marketplace starting this November.

This session will explain what changes are being made and what to expect during open enrollment 2020 and beyond.

Speakers
avatar for Laval Miller-Wilson

Laval Miller-Wilson

Executive Director, Pennsylvania Health Law Project
Laval Miller-Wilson has been the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Health Law Project (PHLP) since 2009. PHLP is the designated state-wide health advocacy project of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network. PHLP focuses on protecting and advancing the health rights of low-income and... Read More →
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Maripat Pileggi

Staff Attorney, Community Legal Services
Maripat Pileggi joined Community Legal Services Inc. in 2007 as a staff attorney in the Health and Independence Unit. She works with clients to resolve legal problems that arise in many different government benefit programs run by the Social Security Administration, Department of... Read More →



Thursday September 10, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Zoom .
 
Tuesday, September 15
 

10:00am EDT

Health-Related COVID Updates
Even with all of Pennsylvania now in the "green" re-opening phase, new COVID-19 cases continue to surge across the Commonwealth.

Join us to discuss changes the Medicaid program has made - and continues to make - in response to the ongoing public health emergency.

Among other things, we will cover the new self-attestation rules and moratorium on MA closures, the temporary protections in place for shift nursing for kids and waiver services for adults, and lessons learned regarding whether and how marginalized populations are getting tested and treated.

Speakers
avatar for Marissa LaWall

Marissa LaWall

Staff Attorney, Pennsylvania Health Law Project
Marissa LaWall is a Staff Attorney with the Pennsylvania Health Law Project.She received her J.D. from the Penn State Dickinson School of Law and graduated with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and minor in psychology from Cedar Crest College. Ms. LaWall is a former PHLP intern, and externed... Read More →
avatar for Callie Perrone

Callie Perrone

Outreach and Community Navigator, Pennsylvania Health Law Project
Callie Perrone is an Outreach and Community Navigator based in the Philadelphia office of the Pennsylvania Health Law Project (PHLP.)Callie is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her Master’s in Social Work and Social Policy, and deepened her commitment... Read More →
avatar for Kyle Fisher

Kyle Fisher

Managing Attorney, Pennsylvania Health Law Project
Kyle Fisher is a Managing Attorney with the Pennsylvania Health Law Project, where he focuses on improving access to care through Medicaid. He represents individual clients in a wide range of publicly funded insurance matters. He also conducts policy advocacy as legal counsel to the... Read More →


Tuesday September 15, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Zoom .
 
Wednesday, September 23
 

2:00pm EDT

Health Care for Kids 101
No child in Pennsylvania should go without health insurance coverage. This session will provide advocates with a primer on health insurance options for kids in Pennsylvania, with a focus on Medicaid.

The session will offer an opportunity to learn about the following topics: Medicaid eligibility; how to apply for coverage; available services for kids on Medicaid including an overview of the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit which provides comprehensive health care services for kids; and what to do if a client's application or service is denied.

While Medicaid will be the focus of this presentation, we will also touch briefly on other health insurance options available to kids who do not qualify for Medicaid, such as Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Speakers
avatar for Danna Casserly

Danna Casserly

Supervising Attorney, Pennsylvania Health Law Project
Danna Casserly is a Supervising Attorney with the Pennsylania Health Law Project. Ms. Casserly has advocated for health care access for lower-income consumers since she began her legal career as a Staff Attorney with PHLP in 2013. Her work focuses on representing children with complex... Read More →
avatar for Marissa LaWall

Marissa LaWall

Staff Attorney, Pennsylvania Health Law Project
Marissa LaWall is a Staff Attorney with the Pennsylvania Health Law Project.She received her J.D. from the Penn State Dickinson School of Law and graduated with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and minor in psychology from Cedar Crest College. Ms. LaWall is a former PHLP intern, and externed... Read More →



Wednesday September 23, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Zoom .
 
Thursday, October 1
 

10:00am EDT

Representing Clients in Medicaid Managed Care Appeals
Nearly all Pennsylvanians enrolled in Medicaid are in managed care. Medicaid managed care plans are the gatekeepers for health care services; making the crucial decisions to approve or deny services.

For decades we have observed managed care plans limit services (e.g., home health care) to medically fragile children. Now we are seeing older adults and people with disabilities enrolled in Community HealthChoices (CHC) whose managed care plans are denying them the level of home and community-based waiver services that they need to live safely at home.

Join us as we discuss how to represent clients in grievances and fair hearings challenging adverse benefit determinations by CHC, Physical HealthChoices and Behavioral HealthChoices managed care plans.

Speakers
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Pamela Walz

Supervising Attorney, Community Legal Services
Pamela Walz is a Supervising Attorney in the Health and Independence Unit at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia (CLS), where she represents low-income older adults and younger adults with disabilities in matters involving access to publicly funded long term services and supports... Read More →
avatar for Amy Lowenstein

Amy Lowenstein

Supervising Attorney, Pennsylvania Health Law Project
Amy Lowenstein is a Supervising Attorney at the Pennsylvania Health Law Project (PHLP) where she focuses on improving access to Medicaid services—particularly in Pennsylvania’s managed long-term services and supports program—through policy analysis, systems advocacy, and direct... Read More →



Thursday October 1, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Zoom .
 
Wednesday, October 7
 

10:00am EDT

Health Care for Older Adults
What health care coverages and services are available for low-income older adults? What does Medicare cover? Who gets Medicaid? Who pays for nursing facility stays? What services and supports are available as alternatives to nursing homes?

This session will cover the basics of Medicare and Medicaid coverage for older adults.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Guay

Erin Guay

Paralegal/Compliance Officer, Pennsylvania Health Law Project
Erin Guay is a Paralegal in the Pittsburgh office of the Pennsylvania Health Law Project. She helps clients address various issues related to Medicaid, dual eligibility, and getting long term services and supports. She became PHLP's Compliance Officer in 2018. Erin went to Gettysburg... Read More →
avatar for Katy McKee

Katy McKee

Supervising Attorney, Pennsylvania Health Law Project
Katy McKee joined the Pittsburgh office of the Pennsylvania Health Law Project in August of 2018 after working as a staff attorney for more than 10 years for Neighborhood Legal Services, representing low-income tenants, victims of domestic violence, seniors, and people with disabilities... Read More →



Wednesday October 7, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Zoom .
 
Monday, October 19
 

2:00pm EDT

Managed Care 101
As most of the 3 million Pennsylvanians covered by Medicaid are now enrolled in managed care, it is vital that advocates understand how the managed care system works - and sometimes doesn't work - for our clients. This session will teach advocates about PA's managed care delivery systems, including the Physical Health and Behavioral Health HealthChoices programs as well as Community HealthChoices (CHC). Topics covered will include how to pick a managed care plan, how to access services, and a brief overview of the services available to adults and children in managed care.  Prior knowledge of public benefits and Medicaid is not a pre-requisite.

Speakers
avatar for Pamela Putnam Silver

Pamela Putnam Silver

Staff Attorney, Pennsylvania Health Law Project
Pamela Putnam Silver is a Staff Attorney at the Pennsylvania Health Law Project (PHLP), based in the Philadelphia office.Ms. Silver joined PHLP as an Independence Foundation Fellow in 2018. Her fellowship project focused on improving access to Medicaid services for seniors and People... Read More →
avatar for James Lee

James Lee

VOCA Staff Attorney, Pennsylvania Health Law Project
James (Jake) Lee is the Victim of Crimes Act (VOCA) staff attorney in Pennsylvania Health Law Project’s (PHLP) Pittsburgh office.Mr. Lee joined the PHLP in 2019. Prior to coming to PHLP, he worked for several years at the Juvenile Court Project, representing low-income individuals... Read More →



Monday October 19, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
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