ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act

ADLs - Activities of Daily Living, 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 in making family law requests through the court system.

PWAC - Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act

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 deductibles


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