general-assistance

Pat Albright repurposes a sign to protest the elimination of General Assistance. (Photo by Sarah Anne Hughes)

Will cash assistance for disabled adults be a budget casualty?

BY: - June 21, 2019

The thousands of people who are on General Assistance won't have to wait much longer to find out what their future holds. Gov. Tom Wolf and the Legislature are on track to finish a budget deal by or before the June 30 deadline.

How a bill to eliminate cash assistance for disabled Pennsylvanians turned into ‘Faustian’ budget dilemma

BY: - June 21, 2019

The bill now extends a Medicaid-related tax on hospitals that will funnel a projected $110 million into Philadelphia’s hospitals and the city’s coffers.

Pa. House votes to eliminate cash assistance for adults with disabilities, addiction

BY: and - June 19, 2019

The 106-95 vote came after more than a hour of impassioned pleas from Democrats and at-times angry rebuttals from Republicans, who took offense to the framing of the debate.

COMMENTARY

General Assistance is critical for Pennsylvanians living with disabilities. Lawmakers need to preserve it | Opinion

BY: - June 13, 2019

By Peri Jude Radecic For people with disabilities, the process of getting access to federal aid designated for those with disabilities is far from simple. Waits can be lengthy, and at times, deadly. In Pennsylvania, however, there is a program that people can rely on as they wait to be approved for Disability benefits: General […]

How cash assistance for disabled Pennsylvanians was eliminated in 2012 — and could be again in 2019

BY: - April 5, 2019

Michael Froehlich remembers being at his computer on a Tuesday morning in February 2012, anxiously waiting to see what the Department of Public Welfare’s budget would look like. That would seem odd for the average Pennsylvanian, but not for Froehlich. At the time, he was an attorney with the Philadelphia-based Community Legal Services’ Public Benefits […]

House committee votes to eliminate cash assistance for disabled adults, people with addiction

BY: - March 25, 2019

A state House committee voted along party lines Monday to eliminate a cash assistance program for childless adults with disabilities, domestic violence survivors, and people in treatment for addiction. General Assistance was first eliminated by the General Assembly in 2012, during the Corbett administration. That law was struck down last year by the state Supreme […]

Cash assistance for disabled adults is back. One Republican says the House won’t fund it

BY: - March 1, 2019

Before members of the House Appropriations Committee could ask questions of the state’s Human Services secretary Thursday, Rep. Stan Saylor wanted to get something off his chest. About that recently revived cash assistance program? The House isn’t “interested” in funding it, the York Republican told Secretary Teresa Miller. Saylor was referencing the General Assistance program, […]