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Phone: 215-627-7100
United Way Building
1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Second Floor

Philadelphia
Pennsylvania 19103
USA
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Programs: For over a decade, the Law Center and its clients have devoted substantialfinancial and human resources to ensuring that states throughout the nationprovide prompt and effective medical services for poor children in accordancewith federal law. In Title XIX of the Social Security Act, Congress imposed anexplicit obligation on states to furnish medical assistance to children "withreasonable promptness to all eligible individuals." Each state participating in Medicaid, in exchange for the federal governmentpaying a percentage of the cost, agrees promptly to provide all medicalservices necessary to eligible children, including comprehensive preventivecare, and agrees to set rates at the level necessary to assure sufficientdoctors and dentists participate. In the cases brought by the Law Center,plaintiffs allege and prove that state officials are not complying with theseobligations. We are currently litigating cases in Michigan, Oklahoma andFlorida. These cases build on our successful suit in Pennsylvania settled in1995.

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The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia is dedicated to advancing the Constitutional promise of equal citizenship to all persons irrespective of race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, gender or poverty. We use public education, continuing education of our clients and client organizations, research, negotiation and, when necessary, the courts to achieve systemic reforms that advance the central goals of self-advocacy, social justice and equal protection of the law for all members of society.
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02/21/11
As a volunteer with The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia (PILCOP), I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with a dedicated team of lawyers and legal assistants. Whether they are working with environmental concerns in low income neighborhoods, striving to obtain quality education for... more »
02/15/11
Here's what I wrote, The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia has proven to be a lifeline for many of the African American students in the Lower Merion community, particularly those who have been identified as disabled (and those wrongly identified as disabled). PILCOP's staff is highly ... more »
02/13/11
Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia (PILCOP) is a great organization to be a part of, mainly because of the people who work there. These people have their heart's in the right place as they work hard to help those who are often forgotten in society. Currently, that means working on a number... more »
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