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How to Create Account

If you live in Pennsylvania and would like to apply for government benefits, the easiest way to do that is to apply online through the Department of Health and Human Services COMPASS Website. In this post, we will explain the step by step process on how to create Account.

This Post will Cover:

  • Benefits of COMPASS Account
  • How to Create Account
  • How to Apply for Benefits Using myCOMPASS Account

Benefits of COMPASS Account

There are several benefits to signing up for a COMPASS account. You can use the COMPASS account to:

A COMPASS account provides you access to many of Pennsylvania’s health and human services benefits online and allows you to:

  • Learn about benefits and see if you qualify
  • Apply for benefits and renew existing benefits
  • Manage your benefits
  • Connect to other benefits that aren’t available on COMPASS

Benefits you can access through COMPASS include:

    • Health Care Coverage
    • Medical Assistance
    • Medicaid for Former Foster Care Youth
    • Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities (MAWD)
    • Medicare Savings Program (MSP)
    • Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
    • Health Insurance Marketplace
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or Food Stamps)
    • Cash Assistance (TANF)
    • Long Term Living Services – Home and Community Based
    • Long Term Living Services – Nursing Home and Related Facilities
    • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
    • Free or Reduced Price School Meals
    • Child Care Works

How to Create Account

Here’s how to create a PA COMPASS account and sign up or manage your benefits.

Step 1 – Visit Compass site

The first step in creating a COMPASS account is to visit the PA COMPASS website. Click here to be taken there. Once there, Click on “LOGIN/REGISTER” at the top as shown below:

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You will be taken to a page like the one below.

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Step 2 – Complete Registration Form

You will be taken to a page where you will be required to complete a registration form with the following personal information:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Email Address
  • Username (you can also choose to use your email as your username)
  • Password
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Note: The same username and password you create for COMPASS will also work for other Commonwealth services, including Pennsylvania Child Welfare Information Solution, PA Disaster Training Registration, PA Child Support Program, and JobGateway.

Step 3 Select Secret Questions

The next step is to select three secret questions that will be used to help you log into your account in case you forget your username or password.

Select three questions you are likely to remember the answers to.

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Step 4 – Select Program Options

The final step is to select one of the options below. This allows you to connect your existing case to your COMPASS account.

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Once you have completed the step above, accept the “Terms and Conditions” by checking the box below and click “Register” to proceed.

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Congratulations!!!! You have successfully created a COMPASS account. Now, watch the video below to see how easy it is to use your myCOMPASS account to apply for benefits or manage and renew your benefits online.

How to Apply for Benefits Using myCOMPASS Account

The video below explains in detail how to use COMPASS to apply, manage or renew your benefits.

Create Account Summary

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If you have any questions or experience any issues while using PA Compass, call the Department of Public Welfare Helpline toll-free at 1-800-692-7462 (1-800-451-5886 TDD number for individuals with hearing impairments) or your local county assistance office.

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Kwame Kuadey

Kwame Kuadey writes about personal finance and the social safety net. His career started in banking but he caught the entrepreneurial bug and has spent the last decade building successful businesses, including an Inc. 500 Company. Kwame believes everyone has the power to improve their quality of life by seeking knowledge and taking action. In 2012, Kwame founded Empower Media to help low-income households improve their financial situation. His expertise is in topics relevant to low-income households, including government benefits and assistance, banking products, access to credit, plus tools & resources to help reduce income volatility and build wealth. Kwame has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc. Magazine, Washington Post, ABC, and NPR.



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