Healthcare Programs in Pennsylvania
There are many ways in which you can obtain healthcare coverage and medical insurance in Pennsylvania. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, you can search various health plans to find the one that is best suited for you. If you have the financial means to do so, residents can also apply for private insurance with the help of a reliable agent, who will guide you through the process.
How to Apply for Health Coverage
With so many options available, a PA resident must first decide where he or she would like to obtain health coverage. For an insurance plan through the nationwide Health Insurance Marketplace, implemented by the Affordable Care Act, click here. If English is not your first language, assistance is also provided in Spanish. To speak to a representative over the phone and compare plans, call the toll-free number at 1-800-318-2596. Their hours of operation are 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
In the event you are not satisfied with your plan options on the Health Insurance Marketplace, you can contact one of numerous private insurance companies in your state for enrollment information, and for answers to any questions you may have.
In some instances, you may be qualified to receive government benefits through Medicare or Medicaid. To find out more about how you can apply for health coverage, visit the Medicaid website or the Medicare website. A government healthcare representative will be able to assist you with all the details you need, as well as show you how to sign up if you are eligible for medical coverage.
How to Choose a Doctor in Pennsylvania
Whether you are a new resident of the state, or you are in the process of switching doctors, obtaining the proper medical care is of utmost priority. There are many resources available to help you select the best physician to tend to your health needs. For starters, you can visit the University of Pennsylvania Health System and use the onsite search to garner results based on doctor or medical practice location.
Another way to locate a general practitioner or a medical specialist in your area is to contact your health insurance company. Your medical insurance company will be able to provide you with a link for finding doctors both in-network and out-of-network. Oftentimes you will find that you can search for a doctor based on the following information:
- First name
- Last name
- ZIP code
- Spoken languages
- Hospital affiliation
If you want to verify a particular physician’s license credentials, you can do so on the Pennsylvania Department of State website. You can complete your search by looking up the person’s license type, profession, name, license number, county, city and ZIP code. The more information you provide, the easier it will be to get the results for medical coverage you seek.
The Pennsylvania Department of State also allows patients to verify license credentials on a medical facility. Enter similar details in your search, as you would for a person lookup.
To get in contact with the Department of State by mail, send a letter to:
Pennsylvania Department of State 302 North Office Building Harrisburg, PA 17120