The Internal Revenue Service has announced three changes to the proposed rules for new tax-favored Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) accounts for eligible disabled individuals that will be included in the final regulations when issued. These changes will make it easier for states to offer and administer ABLE programs.


Pennsylvania Health Law ProjectThe Pennsylvania Health Law Project (PHLP) has published the November2015 edition of Health Law PA News. Health Law PA News is a newsletter published monthly by the PHLP. For more information on PHLP and for prior issues of Health Law PA News visit the PHLP website at


Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. has released the Fall 2015 edition of its MLK, Jr. Program News. This edition anounces the appointment of Caitlin Cocilova and Morgan Jenkins, our 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship recipients. Caitlin joined the staff of Friends of Farmworkers in September. Morgan joined the staff of Neighborhood Legal Services Association this month. To date, PLAN Inc.’s MLK, Jr. Program has placed 16 fellows. 


Pennsylvania Health Law Project

Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities (MAWD) is almost always less expensive and provides more comprehensive benefits than any Marketplace plan available through

These free training programs will offer staff from the Pennsylvania Health Law Project providing training to navigators and assisters with the eligibility criteria for MAWD in order to help them compare health insurance options for adults with disabilities and chronic health conditions.


Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane has announced a settlement with a for-profit education company accused of using high-pressured recruitment practices and misrepresenting the number of its graduates who obtained employment in their field of study.

Under the terms of the settlement, Education Management Corporation (EDMC) will forgive more than $4 million in loans to approximately 2,683 of its former Pennsylvania students. The agreement is expected to provide an average of $1,370 in loan forgiveness to each of these students.


A federal court has granted a request by the Federal Trade Commission to shut down a tech support scam that allegedly bilked consumers out of more than $17 million by pretending to represent Microsoft, Apple and other major tech companies.


Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane has announced that Pennsylvania has joined with other states and the federal government to settle allegations that AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, LP and Cephalon, Inc. overcharged the state Medicaid programs for drugs. 

As part of the settlements, Pennsylvania will receive approximately $1.1 million in restitution and other recovery. The money will be directed to the state's Department of Human Services, which administers the joint state/federal Medical Assistance program, also known as Medicaid.


Robert V. Racunas - G.I.B.S.O.N. AwardBob Racunas, long-time director of Neighborhood Legal Services Association (NLSA) was recently honored by the Josh Gibson Foundation at its bi-annual G.I.B.S.O.N Awards & Negro League Gala.

The Josh Gibson Foundation recognized Mr. Racunas in the G.I.B.S.O.N Awards Community Service category for his long-time work providing civil legal aid to victims of domestic violence and low-income families in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Mr. Racunas has led NLSA, the region's largest provider of civil legal aid, for the past 35 years.


With millions of Americans lacking adequate retirement savings, the U.S. Department of the Treasury has announced the national launch of myRA, a simple, safe and affordable new savings option for those who don't have access to a retirement savings plan at work. People can get information about myRA and sign up for an account at


The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau’s Office of Financial Empowerment has issued a new report about mobile financial services and their impact on low-income and economically vulnerable consumers. In compiling the report CFPB put out a Request for Information (RFI) to gather information about the types of mobile financial services that are currently available and how low-income and economically vulnerable consumers are using them.