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Pennsylvania launches website to help seniors and people with disabilities find services

Pa. website helps seniors and people with disabilities find services

Gov. Tom Wolf has announced the launch of the Pennsylvania Link to Community Care website,, which connects older Pennsylvanians and individuals with a disability or behavioral health need to services and support available in their community.

The Pennsylvania Link to Community Care website provides users with a wide variety of resources including a home care directory and an information referral tool.

The site features 12 service and support categories, including advocacy, behavioral health, employment, finance, health care, housing, in-home services, legal, meals, protection from abuse, support groups and transportation.

Users can find information about organizations, services, and programs within these categories. One major component to the site is its home care directory, which connects individuals to in-home services available in their county

The website is a collaboration between the departments of Aging (PDA) and Human Services (DHS), and serves as an extension of PDA’s Aging and Disability Resource call center.

Temple Health to host Pa. acting secretary of health and physical general

Temple Health will host Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania acting secretary of Health and physical general during an event held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Temple University Hospital.

The event will highlight the accomplishments of Temple Health’s LGBTQ Alliance Task Force in creating an inclusive care environment for LGBTQ patients, visitors and staff. During the event, Levine will learn more about the changes implemented within the Health System to support LGBTQ patients, visitors and staff. She will also deliver remarks at a Temple Health-hosted press conference to discuss the Commonwealth’s priorities involving the LGBTQ community.

Independence Blue Cross helps consumers sign up for insurance

Independence Blue Cross is helping consumers sign up for insurance during the open enrollment period. Consumers must enroll in a health plan by Dec. 15 of they want to be covered for 2018.

To help people understand their options and enroll in the coverage that is right for them, the insurer’s mobile education and retail center — Independence Express — will travel throughout the region every day.

Independence LIVE, the insurer’s customer and community experience center located at 1919 Market St., offers health and wellness opportunities for the entire community and is a one-stop-shop for Independence member services. Licensed agents are also available to help people enroll in coverage. Independence LIVE is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except major holidays.

For more information about Independence events during open enrollment visit

Fox Chase Cancer Center hosts free screening event for veterans

Fox Chase Cancer Center will host a free head and neck cancer screening event for military veterans on Nov. 29 at 5:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post #366, 7676 Oxford Ave.

The screenings will be provided by Dr. Christopher Fundakowski, assistant professor of surgical oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center and staff.

For information or to register call Linda Hammell at (215) 728-3554.

— Compiled by Ayana Jones

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