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U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro has awarded $1.8 billion in grants to help nearly 8,400 local homeless housing and service programs across the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.   The Continuum of Care grants announced support the Administration’s efforts to end homelessness by providing critically needed housing and support services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness across the country.


Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty LawThe Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law will be holding a free webinar for housing advocates entitled Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Post-PTFA on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 from 4:00 pm-5:00 pm Eastern.


Community Legal Services of Philadelphia logoTwo women’s health organizations and a private citizen have filed a federal class action claiming that the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) is unlawfully delaying the enrollment of tens of thousands of Pennsylvania women into comprehensive Medicaid coverage for which they qualified effective January 1.

According to the complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, approximately 85,000 women in Pennsylvania who are currently enrolled in SelectPlan for Women, a limited Medicaid program that only covers family planning services, currently qualify for full health coverage either through Healthy PA, the Corbett Administration’s version of Medicaid expansion, or through subsidized insurance on Pennsylvania’s federally facilitated health insurance Marketplace.


Community Legal Services of Philadelphia logoCommunity Legal Services, Inc. (CLS) has filed a second class action lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS, formerly the Department of Public Welfare). This suit was filed on behalf of approximately 200,000 low-income Pennsylvanians whose Medicaid benefits have been or will be reduced as a result of the Healthy Pennsylvania initiative. 

The lawsuit, Rodriguez v. Mackereth, alleges that DHS has unlawfully reduced Medicaid-covered services in violation of existing state regulations and without issuing new state regulations with required public notice and comment periods. The lawsuit was filed in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania .


Pennsylvania Health Law ProjectThe December 2014 edition of the Health Law PA News has been released by the Pennsylvania Health Law Project. Health Law PA News is a free newsletter of the Project that is published monthly. For prior editions or more information about the Pennsylvania Health Law Project, please visit their website at