News Item Types Archives: Barriers

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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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pa. community college students can now qualify for food aid

“Students at Pennsylvania’s community colleges could now be eligible for food stamps, due to a change in how state officials interpret a federal rule. Federal food stamp rules say students at institutions of higher learning must meet a work requirement to qualify for the program, but the change means most income-eligible community college students would […]

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Publish Date: 03-27-2018

News Outlet: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Author: Kate Giammarise

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The Pitt News

Community calls for financial safety net

“Valkyrie Speaker was one of several who shed tears while sharing experiences of financial struggle before and during college Wednesday afternoon. ‘When I applied to Pitt, I was homeless,’ Speaker said. “I’m lucky to be here on academic scholarship, but it still feels like I don’t have a home to go home to’….”

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Publish Date: 01-25-2018

News Outlet: The Pitt News

Author: Remy Samuels

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Bill would simplify process for seniors seeking food aid

“…’This is great idea, since it not only reduces the potential barrier on participating senior, but also makes administration simpler and less costly to state governments,’ said Ken Regal, executive director of Pittsburgh-based anti-hunger group Just Harvest. ‘We have better things to do with our tax dollars than make people whose only income is Social […]

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Publish Date: 11-27-2017

News Outlet: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Author: Kate Giammarise

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

More than 350,000 Pa. seniors take advantage of streamlined food-stamp application

“… Some seniors can be socially isolated, or might not be able to use the state’s online benefits application or visit a county assistance office, said Ken Regal, executive director of Pittsburgh-based anti-hunger advocacy group Just Harvest. His organization has funding from the National Council on Aging and a local foundation to enroll seniors in […]

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Publish Date: 11-13-2017

News Outlet: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Author: Kate Giammarise

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Freedom a struggle after years in solitary confinement

“…’If people are coming out of the state prison with no work skills and no support system from the corrections system to help them find work, then what are our expectations as a society?’ asked Ken Regal, executive director of South Side-based anti-hunger advocacy group Just Harvest. ‘There is not the kind of comprehensive safety […]

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Publish Date: 10-28-2017

News Outlet: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Author: Rich Lord and Kate Giammarise

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The American Prospect

Fewer on Food Stamps, but Hunger Persists

“Ken Regal, executive director of Just Harvest, a Pittsburgh anti-hunger organization, tells The American Prospect that after the draft order (which was leaked to the Post), ‘the [immigrant] applications we handled plummeted to zero. Most of the people in that category were undocumented parents of citizen children.’ He adds that many Pittsburgh-based immigrant organizations advised their clients not to […]

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Publish Date: 09-15-2017

News Outlet: The American Prospect

Author: Kalena Thomhave

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The Pittsburgh Foundation

Just Harvest Education Fund

“TWO DAYS BEFORE he was released from a long hospital stay, Mark Scanlan realized he was going home to an empty refrigerator, with no food stamps or money to buy food. A 60-year-old resident of the South Side, he left a secure job in food services to care for his mother in New Jersey, who was undergoing […]

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Publish Date: 07-18-2017

News Outlet: The Pittsburgh Foundation Forum

Author: Mackenzie Carpenter

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