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Good news!  Starting January 2018, most low-income community college students can get SNAP benefits (food stamps). Apply Now! Until now, most students could only get SNAP if they were...
Which students have always been eligible for SNAP (also known as food stamps)? The general rule is that college students are not eligible for SNAP, but there are many exceptions.Students...
Maripat Pileggi, Staff Attorney in CLS's Public Benefits Unit, delivered the following testimony at Philadelphia's public hearing on DHS’s proposed LIHEAP state plan on July 5, 2017. Community...
As Medicaid and Medicaid Expansion under the ACA comes under attack, it is critical to speak up to preserve these vital health benefits. In order to take action, here's what you need to know:...
Yesterday, the United States Senate introduced their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The so-called “Better Care Reconciliation Act” would decimate Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program...
Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program covers nearly 2.9 million Pennsylvanians, most of whom are children, older adults, and individuals with disabilities.  Pennsylvania Medicaid ensures that children...
Pennsylvania Medicaid covers nearly 2.9 million Pennsylvanians, most of whom are children, older adults, and individuals with disabilities.  Medicaid ensures that children can access preventive...
The President’s proposed budget would increase hunger, poverty, and ill health by cutting the SNAP program by an unprecedented 25%.   Currently SNAP benefits are 100% federally-funded, but...
The following testimony was delivered by Amy Hirsch, Managing Attorney of CLS's Public Benefits Unit, before the United States Commision on Civil Rights on May 19, 2017. Thank you,...
CLS Statement on the U.S. House of Representatives Vote to Cut Life-Saving Medicaid Benefits for Pennsylvania Families, Seniors, and People with Disabilities: Today, the U.S. House of...