Medicaid-What Every Victim Advocate Needs to Know

Start Time/Date: 10:00 AM Thursday, November 12, 2020
End Time/Date: 12:00 PM Thursday, November 12, 2020
ADDRESS: Webinar

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Medicaid-What Every Victim Advocate Needs to Know
Virtual via Zoom Meeting
November 12, 2020 | 10 AM – 12 AM
PCCD Training Hour Approval: 2
Registration fee: $0


The presentation will provide an overview of Medicaid (called Medical Assistance in Pennsylvania) program with special focus on victims of crime.
Medicaid provides comprehensive health care coverage for vulnerable populations (including victims of crime) and people with limited incomes. It can be a lifeline for victims of crime when they need it the most. Many victims and advocates are unaware that Medicaid, in addition to regular health insurance, covers non-medical services and Long-Term Services and Supports (e.g. personal assistance services at home, home modification, medical and non-medical transportation, and many more). This presentation is packed with information on Medicaid eligibility criteria, Medicaid delivery system, and how to assist victims of crime navigate the complicated Medicaid process, including filing applications to appeals. The presentation will include information on differences between VCAP and Medicaid. With private health insurance companies taking over as gate keepers of the Medicaid delivery system in Pennsylvania, this timely presentation will help advocates acquire greater knowledge on how the Medicaid system is working and learn strategies to help clients navigate the complicated process.
Victim advocates will be introduced Pennsylvania Health Law Project’s (PHLP) VOCA Services. Over more than two decades, through policy advocacy, outreach, education, and legal representation, PHLP has changed the lives of low-income Pennsylvanians. PHLP’s VOCA Service exclusively serves victims of crime and will function as the go-to place for victims and their advocates as a resource is securing health care. For additional information:


Asha Ramachandran, Esq.
James (Jake) Lee, Esq.
Lauren Dempsey
The Pennsylvania Health Law Project 


Registration closes on November 9, 2020. This course is open to all victim service providers, including attorneys. Class size is limited to 90 attendees. Any materials, plus the Zoom link, will be sent the week before the training.


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Questions or Concerns  

Please contact Amy Smulktis, Restitution & Victim/Witness Consultant at if you need additional information.

Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute
2929 North Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110