ACA – Affordable Care Act, Sometimes referred to as “Obamacare”, or “Health Care Reform” The actual law is the PPACA – Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act
ADLs – Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), which include bathing, dressing, using the toilet, transferring (to or from bed or chair), caring for incontinence, and eating.
ADS – Adult Day Service
CCRCs – Continuing Care Retirement Communities
CHIP – Children’s Health Insurance Program
Covered Entity – Under HIPAA, any health care provider, health care plan or health care clearing house.
EMTALA – Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act
FMLA – Family & Medical Leave Act
Generations Program – The first stages of the Allegheny County Child Custody program
HCBS – Home and community based services
HHS – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
HIPAA – Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996
IRS – Internal Revenue Service
Legal Custody – Right to make major decisions on behalf of the child
LTAC – A long term acute care hospital that specializes in the treatment and rehabilitation of medically complex patients who require an extended stay in a hospital setting.
Physical Custody – Physical possession & control of the child
PPACA – Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka the Health Care Law Reform Act)
Pro Se – A person in a court action who is acting on their own behalf without a lawyer
Pro Se Motions Program – A program through the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, Family Division that assists people without a lawyer to make family law requests through the court system.
SNF – Skilled Nursing Facilities
SSA – Social Security Administration
SSDI – Social Security Disability Insurance
SSI – Supplemental Security Insurance
Unreimbursed Medical Expenses – Out of pocket medical costs such as co-pays or deductible