News Item Types Archives: Barriers

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PA Gov. Wolf signs anti-welfare fraud measure: critics say it will hurt the poor

“Gov. Tom Wolf has signed a bill into law with a broad array of measures that supporters say will deter fraud in public assistance programs but that critics say are overly putative measures that will hurt the poor and do little to prevent fraud….”

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Publish Date: 10-26-2018

News Outlet: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Author: Kate Giammarise

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90.5 WESA Pittsburgh's NPR News Station

Citing Fiscal Concerns, Rothfus Votes With Dems To Kill Farm Bill

“On Friday Congressman Keith Rothfus, a conservative Republican from Sewickley, joined Democrats in voting down a farm bill that would have imposed new limits on food benefits. Opponents of the bill feared its stricter eligibility requirements could deprive 70,000 Pennsylvania households of aid. But while they rarely find common ground with the conservative lawmaker, they […]

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Publish Date: 05-18-2018

News Outlet: 90.5 WESA FM

Author: Chris Potter

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Diverse groups are united in opposition to failed Farm Bill

“Colloquially it’s called the Farm Bill, but the legislation that narrowly failed to pass Friday in the U.S. House of Representatives is actually the largest federal source of conservation funding for private and public lands. Up for renewal every four years, recent incarnations have generally attempted to curb the impacts that farmers and other landowners […]

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Publish Date: 05-18-2018

News Outlet: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Author: John Hayes

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The Tribune-Democrat

House looks to expand work requirement for Medicaid and food stamps

“House Republicans continued their push to compel able-bodied adults to get jobs or risk losing access to government safety net programs on Tuesday. The state House voted 115-80 to pass a work requirement for able-bodied adults getting health care through Medicaid. Five Republicans voted against the plan and four Democrats broke ranks to support it….”

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Publish Date: 04-17-2018

News Outlet: The Tribune-Democrat

Author: John Finnerty

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Words matter in Legislature’s Medicaid work-requirement debate

“At a state budget hearing last month, the then-acting Human Services secretary, Teresa Miller, was asked a question by a legislator: “Is Medicaid health care or is Medicaid welfare?” “Medicaid is health care,” Ms. Miller replied. That question is at the heart of an ongoing legislative fight in Harrisburg….”

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Publish Date: 04-16-2018

News Outlet: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Author: Kate Giammarise

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