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July 30, 2021
The Pennsylvania Health Law Project has published the July 2021 edition of PHLP Health Law News. You can subscribe to receive the PHLP Health Law News on the PHLP website at www.phlp.org. This edition features the following articles: APPRISE has Rebranded – now PA MEDI Important News for People with
July 30, 2021
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today announced that two final rules issued under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) will take effect as planned, on November 30, 2021. The CFPB issued a proposal in April 2021 that, if finalized, would have extended the effective dates to
July 29, 2021
Universal Service Administrative Co. is hosting a Consumer Advocate webinar on the Lifeline program on August 11, 2021 from 3:00 PM-4:00 PM Eastern. Lifeline is a federal benefit that lowers the monthly cost of phone or internet service for low income consumers. Recipients of the Lifeline benefit
July 28, 2021
The Internal Revenue Service reported today that another 1.5 million taxpayers will receive refunds averaging more than $1,600 as it continues to adjust unemployment compensation from previously filed income tax returns. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which became law in March, excluded up to
July 28, 2021
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today released an online tool to help renters and landlords impacted by the pandemic easily find and apply for payment assistance for rent, utilities and other expenses. The Rental Assistance Finder, available at www.consumerfinance.gov/renthelp
July 26, 2021
Today, as we commemorate the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are jointly publishing guidance on how “long COVID” can be a disability under the ADA, Section 504 of the
July 22, 2021
A new report reveals the cost and impact of providing expanded and universal access to counsel for low-income tenants in eviction proceedings in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN) and Regional Housing Legal Services (RHLS) commissioned the study, which was prepared by Stout
July 21, 2021
The Department of Human Services (DHS) today released for public comment Pennsylvania’s proposed model plan for the new Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP). The grants, made possible through funding from the American Rescue Plan, will be provided to states to assist low-income

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