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PA HB 2138 Heads to the Senate

Pennsylvania House Bill 2138 which would allow for work requirements in Medicaid has successfully been voted out of the Health Committee and will come to a full vote by the Senate. It is critical that PA residents contact their state senator now to urge him or her to vote NO on HB 2138. This bill will unnecessarily punish families and children living in poverty at the administrative expense of taxpayers. Check out our past blog to remind yourself of how the law would work. The Urban Institute did a comprehensive review… Read more PA HB 2138 Heads to the Senate

PA’s House Bill 129 Harms Pregnant Women & Families

By Gabriel Schendler, HELP: MLP Intern On May 22nd the Pennsylvania House of Representatives began consideration on House Bill 129 (HB 129). which would impose a lifetime ban from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) for second time drug crime offenders. TANF in Pennsylvania provides a small, time-limited cash stipend to very low-income families who need assistance. This bill would be disastrous for low-income communities and families who are disproportionately affected by substance use disorder and have a clear and present need for social benefits. HB 129 would set a… Read more PA’s House Bill 129 Harms Pregnant Women & Families

Advocating for a Fair Workweek

Many low-income individuals are subject to erratic, unfair employment scheduling practices that interfere with their ability to receive ongoing and critical healthcare services; maintain other benefits; and secure childcare.  Constantly being “on call,” not knowing whether you will need to come in to work or not, even on your days off, leads to increased stress and a decreased quality of life. Advocates in the City of Philadelphia are encouraging City Council members to adopt Fair Work Week practices that will eliminate these unjust scheduling practices. On March 6th the Philadelphia… Read more Advocating for a Fair Workweek

The wrong side of history: The struggle to protect our nation’s health during a time of political apathy toward helping the poor.

On June 28, 2012 a group of public health leaders nervously huddled together to focus on a steady stream of words being projected on to a screen. The collective of heath care providers, epidemiologists, administrators, educators, lawyers and advocates who were previously gathered to discuss the American Public Health Association’s upcoming agenda and activities for the year, were now closely watching live coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) signed in to law by President Obama in 2010. When the information… Read more The wrong side of history: The struggle to protect our nation’s health during a time of political apathy toward helping the poor.