Stop Medicaid and SNAP Work Requirements in PA
Legislators in Harrisburg are trying once again to pass a harmful bill that would make it harder for PA families to get the Medicaid coverage and food access they need to stay healthy.
House Bill 1659 and House Bill 2138 are moving in the PA Senate and would impose new or strengthened work requirements on individuals who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to buy food for their families or Medical Assistance to access basic health care services, respectively. A failure to meet those requirements will result in lose of access to medical care and food. Both of these bills mean that people struggling to work will lose access to vital services.
- HB 2138 will create new work requirements for all non-elderly, non-disabled, non-pregnant working age adults who receive Medicaid, and impose lockout periods for an inability to comply.
- HB 1659 will subject 90,000 more adults without children to a strict three-month time limit for food assistance, and add a new work requirements for parents who are trying to feed their children, putting food assistance for households with children at risk.
PLEASE CALL AND EMAIL YOUR STATE SENATOR and urge opposition to both House Bill 1659 and House Bill 2138. This is urgent and timely. The full Senate vote will likely happen October 16.