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The following testimony was delivered by CLS Managing Attorney Amy Hirsch in front of the Council of the City of Philadelphia Special Committee on Criminal Justice Reform on February 10, 2017....
Congress is considering converting the federal Medicaid program to a block grant.  Through block grants, the federal government makes lump sum payments to states based on a formula. ...
Senate Bill 9 would require all Pennsylvanians who are applying for many public benefits, including unemployment compensation (UC), to provide government-issued ID and to sign an affidavit attesting...
Senate Bill 9 would require all Pennsylvanians who are applying for many public benefits, to provide government-issued ID and to sign an affidavit attesting to their U.S. citizenship or lawful...
Congress is considering converting the federal Medicaid program to a block grant.  Through block grants, the federal government makes fixed payments to states based on a formula.  Funding...
In February 2017, Pennsylvania enrollment in Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) reached 700,000 people. Through Medicaid expansion, families that need help affording medical care...
Congress is considering converting the federal Medicaid program to a block grant.  It is also weighing a proposal from House Speaker Paul Ryan to package eleven federal human services programs,...
The number of Pennsylvanians lost to overdose is at record highs. In 2015, over 3,000 Pennsylvanians died from heroin and opioid-related overdoses.  That number is expected to increase for 2016...
Updated: January 2017 - 19 more counties and several more townships and boroughs are now exempt from the time limit.  In all, 43 of PA’s 67 counties are now exempt, as are parts of 8 of the...
Community Legal Services and Redeemed PA launched the #WeNeedToWork Campaign to call on Philadelphia and Pennsylvania policy makers to create jobs programs. Here are some frequently asked questions...