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Starting January 1, 2015, the benefits packages for all adults on Medical Assistance (MA) in Pennsylvania will change. All adults on MA will be placed in one of the three benefits packages listed in...
Updated October 29, 2014. This article references the proposal submitted by DPW in February 2014. Community Legal Services has received verbal information from DPW that Pennsylvania is still in...
The Department of Public Welfare (DPW) will end family planning coverage for almost 90,000 low income women currently enrolled in SelectPlan for Women, most of whom will be eligible for comprehensive...
Update, October 23, 2014: Following issuance of this report, CLS' Energy Unit advocated for additional amendments to HB 939 while on concurrence in the House (Rules Committee).  Ultimately, the...
Under the new law: The penalty for possessing 30 grams or less of marijuana for personal use is a $25 fine. The penalty for public marijuana use is a $100 fine or up to 9 hours of community...
Following many months of debate, deliberation, and implementation, Pennsylvania will extend coverage to more than 600,000 low-income Pennsylvanians on January 1, 2015 through the Healthy Pennsylvania...
(Updated September 3, 2014) The following is a selection of articles about DPW's health reform plan, "Healthy PA." Medicaid enrollees in Pa. could see benefit cuts Mary Wilson, Newsworks WHYY;...
Defender Association of Philadelphia has created a document on collateral consequences of a criminal record in Pennsylvania. Download the document below.
Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW) and the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an agreement on DPW’s Healthy Pennsylvania proposal. The...
Domestic workers are nannies, caregivers for the elderly, and housekeepers. They provide invaluable services caring for families and maintaining households so that others can leave the house to work...