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FTC Marks Identity Theft Awareness Week for 2023 on January 30-February 3

The Federal Trade Commission will mark its annual Identity Theft Awareness Week with a series of free events January 30-February 3 focused on how identity theft affects people of every community and ways to reduce your risk.

PUC Offers Winter Storm Utility Safety Tips

Residents Reminded to Report Outages, Use Caution During Severe Weather, and Give Utility Crews Room to Work Safely

Philadelphia Bar Association LegalLine to Offer Free Legal Advice on Employment Issues - Dec. 21

The Philadelphia Bar Association’s monthly LegalLine is holdng a special program focused on employment law in December. On Wednesday, December 21, license lawyers trained in labor and employment law will be available in the evening from 5-7 p.m. to receive calls about work-related complaints including discrimination, harassment, unfair treatment or hostile work environment due to a protected category such as race, age, national origin, sex, religion, disability or sexual orientation.

Information on Voting Rights in Pennsylvania

View a list of resource providing information on your Voting Rights in Pennsylvania.

Department Of Human Services Highlights New State Child Care Tax Credit Available To Help Working Families

Department of Human Services Acting Secretary Meg Snead highlighted the Wolf Administration’s $25 million investment in the new state child care tax credit program, which can help ease child care costs for working families.

Acting Human Services Secretary Warns Of Potential Scam, Reminds Of Safe Way To Apply For Assistance

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) Acting Secretary Meg Snead advised Pennsylvanians of a potential scam in which individuals, regardless of whether they are recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), receive a text message from a “[number]@dhs.pa.gov” contact indicating that there is an issue with one’s EBT card.

State Insurance Exchange Pennie Opens for 2023 Health Care Coverage

Governor Tom Wolf reminded Pennsylvanians of the 2023 Open Enrollment Period for health insurance that begins on Tuesday, November 1, through Pennie, the commonwealth’s official online health insurance marketplace.

PUC and PA Department of Human Services Kick Off Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Season

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) joined with the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) to mark the start of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for the 2022-23 winter heating season. This year’s LIHEAP season opens Nov. 1, 2022.

Free Webinar: Thawing of the Shift Care Freeze: What Families Needing Health Services Can Expect

Pennsylvania Health Law Project the hosting a free webinar entitled Thawing of the Shift Care Freeze: What Families Can Expect on October 27, 2022 from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM Eastern.

Social Security Announces 8.7 Percent Benefit Increase for 2023

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for approximately 70 million Americans will increase 8.7 percent in 2023, the Social Security Administration announced today.

Pennie Offers Special Enrollment Period for Those Affected by FTC and Benefytt Settlement

A Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for Pennie healthcare coverage has been approved for Pennsylvania residents affected by the recent settlement between the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Benefytt Technologies. All affected participants should have received notice in the mail of the settlement, options, and the SEP for Pennie.

Application Deadline of Oct. 28 Set for Low Income Household Water Assistance Program

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Service has announced that October 28 will be the last day for households to submit applications for assistance through the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP).

Consumer Alert: What Pennsylvanians Need to Know about the New Debt Collection Regulations Set to Take Effect 11/30/21

The first comprehensive federal debt collection regulations interpreting the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) take effect November 30, 2021. With the new regulations set to take effect in the coming days, Attorney General Josh Shapiro, through this Consumer Alert, is encouraging Pennsylvanians to learn their legal rights when it comes to debt collection, and to carefully examine the conduct of debt collectors to make sure they are acting in compliance with federal and state laws.

PA Marijuana Pardon Project Available until Sept. 30, 2022

On September 1, 2022, the Governor, Lt. Governor and Board of Pardons announced a special 30-day-only program for people whose ONLY crime EVER was the possession of small amounts of marijuana – no other convictions ever in any state or the federal laws.

Neighborhood Legal Services Offers Community Education Programs in Butler

Neighborhood Legal Services (NLS) is offering a series of community education programs at the Butler Area Public Library in the coming weeks.

Pennsylvania Health Law Project Offers Webinar and FAQ for Medicaid Consumers Assigned a New HealthChoices Plan

The Pennsylvania Health Law Project has put together a list of frequently asked questions Pennsylvania Medicaid consumers may have as they receive communications from their new HealthChoises plan over the coming weeks.

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