How It Works
Who is eligible?
Applicants for this program must be under age 26, or the parent of a dependent child under age 26. Household income may not exceed 250% of the Federal Poverty Level. Applicants must be residents of Lancaster County, Pa. If an applicant does not have insurance, they should call PMHCA (Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association) at (717) 564-4930 to apply for ACA or Medicaid.
Formerly known as PALCO (Project Access Lancaster County), this program transitioned in July 2017 from being operated as an independent nonprofit to a program of LOHF. PALCO was founded in 2007 with the mission to improve the healthcare of Lancaster County residents by increasing access to quality healthcare providers. From 2007-2015, volunteer PALCO healthcare providers contributed a staggering $47.8 million of donated medical care. In April 2015, PALCO ended its volunteer program of donated medical service for the uninsured and transitioned to copay coverage.
From 2015-2017, PALCO participated as a grant recipient in the application with Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine to the United Way of Lancaster County for “Let’s Talk, Lancaster: Changing the conversation about mental health.” This grant, which ended July 1, 2018, covered the cost of the copay assistance program.
But thanks to the generosity of our donors, LOHF continues this vital program to help children (and parents of dependent children) in need of mental health copay assistance. We gratefully acknowledge a grant from PNC which partially funded an increase in the income eligibility requirements for this program.