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“Philly demonstration protests end of General Assistance”

Minnesota capitol building vigil in support of...

Minnesota capitol building vigil in support of General Assistance Medical Care (GAMC) (Photo credit: Fibonacci Blue)

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This August 1, 2012 article found on the Philly.com website highlights concerns being raised by people protesting the elimination of Pennsylvania’s General Assistance program..

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“CMS Probes Sharp Drop in Pennsylvania Medicaid Rolls”

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (Me...

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (Medicaid administrator) logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This article found on the Governing the states and localities website dated July 12, 2012, indicates that Pennsylvania is being investigated by the federal government in light of the dropping of over 100,000 Pennsylvanians from the Medicaid program during a time when the DPW was reporting they weren’t able to process the information they were receiving from clients efficiently.

“Pennsylvania cuts services for most needy” (Editorial)

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This July 11, 2012 article found on the Standard Speaker website talks about the reality faced by about 70,000 Pennsylvanians this month.  Letters have been sent to recipients of General Assistance informing them they will no longer receive benefits after July 30, 2012

“Republicans Cut off Food Assistance to Millions of Americans who own a Car “

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This July 7, 2012 article found on the Politicus USA website talks about a recent move by republicans to cut food stamp funding by disqualifying people who own a car the money saved will then go to subsidize farming.

“With loss of general assistance program, many in Lehigh Valley unsure of next step”

Counties comprising the Lehigh Valley region o...

Counties comprising the Lehigh Valley region of eastern Pennsylvania (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This July 1, 2012 article on The Morning Call website, talks about the impact of the elimination of the General Assistance program.  It is an article specific to Lehigh Valley, but the same story is playing out across the state.

“Pa.’s unkindest cut gets one-month delay”

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This July 1, 2012 article found on the LancasterOnline website talks about not only the fact that cash assistance is being eliminated, but also raises concerns about the ripple effect of the elimination of this program may cause.  Recipients will receive their last General Assistance stipend during the last week of July according to this article.

“Cash assistance program gets a 30-day extension “

Map of the 67 counties of the Commonwealth of ...

Map of the 67 counties of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This article dated June 29, 2012 on WITF.com discusses the 30 extension for folks in Pennsylvania on General Assistance.  recipients should be able to receive cash assistance until the end of July with August 1, 2012 being the new date for the elimination of the program.

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