Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell has called Philadelphia “a model for how we can help people who have disabilities to live independently.”
The mayor of the city also called it a “good place to live.”
Philadelphia Health Department spokeswoman Rachel Hensley told the Associated Press that Philadelphia is one of 10 cities that are using the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion to create “health centers” that can provide basic services to those with disabilities.
Hensley said the city has made the transition to a new system of health centers “in conjunction with state and federal authorities.”
The health department has been using its own money to expand Medicaid eligibility in Philadelphia and in neighboring Delaware County, which has more than 200,000 residents.
In 2016, Philadelphia was one of 15 cities and counties that became eligible for the expansion under the Affordable Health Care Act.
More: PHX is the only other city to do this, according to Hensly.
We are going to see a lot more and more of these type of partnerships across the country, she said.
The city’s health department is currently funding the expansion through a new $4.7 million grant.
It also is funding other efforts to expand the coverage, including a $4 million grant to the Pennsylvania Coalition for People with Disabilities.
“We have had a lot of positive results,” Hensyl said.
“People with disabilities have been able to get services.”