The Department of Human Services (DHS) has announced changes to the state’s Medicaid (MA) policy to expand coverage of life-saving drugs to treat Hepatitis C (HCV) virus. Beginning on July 1, the Department will begin phasing in coverage for individuals who have liver function test scores of “F1” or “F0”.


The Internal Revenue Service has announced that the application period for Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) grants for calendar year 2018 will run from May 1 to June 20, 2017.

The LITC program is a federal grant program administered by the Office of the Taxpayer Advocate at the IRS, led by the National Taxpayer Advocate, Nina E. Olson. The LITC program awards matching grants of up to $100,000 per year to qualifying organizations to develop, expand or maintain an LITC.  An LITC must provide services for free or for no more than a nominal fee.


Pennsylvania Health Law Project logoThe Pennsylvania Health Law Project has published the April 2017 edition of Health Law PA News.

Health Law PA News is a free newsletter containing the latest news relating to Health Law in Pennsylvania. You can subscribe to receive the PHLP eNews, which links to the Health Law PA News on the PHLP website at


Funding for Civil Legal Aid: Where Do We Go From Here? coverPennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. Executive Director Samuel W. Milkes has authored an article entitled Funding for Civil Legal Aid: Where Do We Go From Here?, that appears in the current edition of The Pennsylvania Lawyer (May-June 2017), the magazine of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

The article explores the current state of funding for civil legal assistance in Pennsylvania, the current challenges faced by the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, law school clinics, pro bono providers and all the other providers of civil legal aid in the state, and encourages lawyers to urge decision-makers to support legal aid.


Addictive prescription drugs that are thrown away or left untended on shelves and in drawers at home are often stolen and either abused or sold by family members and visitors.  That’s why the Drug Eenforcement Administration (DEA) of the Department of Justice and thousands of its state, local, and tribal law enforcement and community partners are holding another Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday, April 29, from 10 am to 2 pm local time, at over 5,000 sites around the country.

The service is free of charge, no questions asked. 



Due to low enrollment numbers the Conference, scheduled for May 4-5, 2017 has been cancelled. 

In the coming weeks, a series of webinars will be scheduled to cover the most pressing topics that would have been a part of the conference.  Some of these webinars will be offered with CLE credit. 

Additional topics planned for the Public Benefits Conference will be proposed as workshops at the PLAN Statewide Conference which is scheduled for September 28th and 29th. The Public Benefits Planning Committee apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused.


LSC - America's Partner for Equal JusticeThe Legal Services Corporation (LSC), Microsoft Corporation, and Pro Bono Net have named Alaska and Hawaii as state partners in a pilot program to develop online, statewide legal portals to direct individuals with civil legal needs to the most appropriate forms of assistance.


Visit www.SocialSecurity.govNancy A. Berryhill, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, invites everyone to celebrate the first National Social Security Month in April by taking five steps toward financial security at During the month, Social Security will provide educational articles and video messages on its website featuring personal finance expert Suze Orman. Each message will provide the public with practical tips for developing a sound financial plan that includes Social Security as a foundation.


The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will be offering Your Money, Your Goals  Spotlight webinars this spring for front line staff and volunteers who work with consumers. The webinars will focus on Identity Theft, Financial Issues Facing Older Adults, and Prepaid Cards.

Your Money, Your Goals is a toolkit designed to help frontline staff and volunteers have the money conversation with the people they serve. You can attend sessions on all three topics, or pick the topics most relevant to you.


The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has adopted a comprehensive plan to improve access to justice for those with limited English proficiency and those who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The Language Access Plan is designed to guide the judiciary in meeting language challenges brought by the growing diversity of Pennsylvania’s population. It also further solidifies the courts’ commitment to fair and equal access to justice by providing quality language access services to non-English-speaking and deaf court users.