Cash AssistanceTemporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) provides temporary financial assistance for pregnant women and families with one or more dependent children. TANF provides cash assistance to help pay for food, shelter, utilities, and expenses other than medical.If you are having trouble obtaining or receiving TANF benefits through DHS contact us at (412) 431-8960 x602.Tip: Even if your income is too high to receive cash assistance, you may still get food stamps and Medical Assistance.SNAP (formerly “food stamps”)The federal Food Stamp Program is now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and is administered by DHS through assistance offices in each county. Most low-income families are eligible for SNAP benefits, which are credits that come on an electronic (EBT) card called ACCESS and can be used like cash to buy food at most grocery stores.For information about SNAP benefits, read more about the program or call Just Harvest at (412) 431-8960 x602. The U.S. Department of Agriculture also has a SNAP Information Hotline for Pennsylvania: 1-800-692-7462.Medical Assistance (M.A.)M.A., or Medicaid, is run by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW). Anyone who receives TANF, GA, or SSI generally receives full MA benefits, which pay for doctors, hospital visits, prescriptions and most other medical expenses.If you receive TANF or SSI, you get dental care and medical supplies as well. MA coverage will pay your medical bills from back to three calendar months before you applied.Leaving cash assistance: If you leave TANF because your earnings are too high, the family is usually still eligible for Medical Assistance for one year under the Extended Medical Coverage (EMC) program. For the first six months, you are eligible regardless of what your income is. For the second six months, the family is eligible as long as their monthly income is below 185% ($2,823 for a family of 3 in 2009) of the federal poverty level.To get Extended Medical Coverage, you must tell your caseworker that you are leaving welfare for work. Don’t just assume EMC will automatically go into effect. Double check with your caseworker-especially if you get a notice that your medical assistance is being discontinued.You may qualify for Medical Assistance even if you never received cash welfare.You can apply for MA at your local County Assistance Office or online at: www.compass.state.pa.us. To be eligible, you must meet these requirements:Full MA Benefits
The income and resource guidelines to qualify for full MA benefits are similar to the guidelines to qualify for TANF. However, if you don’t qualify for full MA benefits, you may qualify for one of the following programs for low-income people.Limited MA benefits or Medically Needy Only (MNO) programSome people with slightly higher incomes may qualify for limited MA benefits. The MNO program pays for doctor visits, tests, hospitalization and certain specialty services. It does not pay for prescription drugs, medical equipment or adult dental care.For limited MA benefits, eligibility is determined six months at a time, and is based on the person or family’s expected income for the next six months.Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities (MAWD)For people receiving SSI/SSDI or who have an impairment/condition that meets Social Security’s definition of disability, working full time or part time and earning compensation. There are no set number of hours a person needs to work.Medical Assistance for Workers with a Medically Improved Condition (MAWMIC)For people who received or could have received MAWD (see above), but are now medically improved and working 40 hours per month at minimum wage or higher.Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)CHIP is a health insurance program for children in low-income families which earn too much to qualify for full or limited MA benefits. Coverage can be free or subsidized, depending on family income and child’s age.
If you are able bodied and receiving any of these benefits, why aren't you required to do some type of work for the gubment?
Love the idea of making them do yard work and shovel snow in the winter.