This information was last updated on Wednesday, April 1, at 2:30 p.m.
All courts and related offices in Pennsylvania will remain closed until April 30. This includes both Philadelphia Municipal Court and the Court of Common Pleas. The Courts have made some exceptions, however, included here.
If you have an issue with Medicaid, leave a message with our Health and Independence Unit at 215-227-2400 and we will call you back.
The new time limits for SNAP (food stamps) will NOT be going into effect on April 1. Please see our page about the SNAP time limit for more information.
Tests for the Coronavirus are covered by medical assistance (Medicaid). The County Assistance Office is closed to the public, but they are continuing to accept and process applications for medical assistance. Please include on your application if you have a health emergency including COVID-19.Immigrants are also able to receive emergency medical assistance for treatment. Please download this flyer to find out more about using Medicaid for a Coronavirus test and how to get tested.
If you have experienced a loss or reduction in income, you may now qualify for public benefits. Please download this flyer for more information on how to apply for food stamps, cash assistance and medical assistance.
As of March 17, 2020, Social Security offices are closed to the public, but payments will continue to go out each month. Staff are still working on some time-sensitive issues such as urgent applications for benefits and fixing benefits interruptions. Social Security is stopping some actions, including overpayment collections and continuing disability reviews, until the COVID-19 crisis passes. More information about how to contact Social Security during the COVID-19 crisis, including how to start an application online or over the phone, can be found here.
Philadelphia WIC offices are still open, except the Overbrook office. If you participate in WIC, the nutrition program for women, infants and children, please go in NOW to add up to three months’ benefits to your eWIC card.
- Overbrook clients can go to other WIC offices.
- Children and babies do not need to go for appointments.
- Parents can designate a proxy to go in for them.
- If you don’t have an appointment, it’s advised to call before going to the office.
Face-to-face interviews for TANF (cash assistance) are currently suspended and recipients will not be terminated or sanctioned if they are not able to continue their work requirements.
Child care facilities were closed statewide on March 16 to support COVID-19 mitigation efforts. Exceptions to this policy are family child care homes and group child care homes operating inside a residence. All child care providers will continue to receive Child Care Works payments through April.