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March 1, 2013 - February 28, 2014
The General Assistance (GA) cash program ended on August 1, 2012. GA medical assistance is still available to those who qualify.
The Department of Public Welfare (DPW) is committed to protecting and serving Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens while managing our resources effectively. The General Assistance (GA) program is state-funded assistance that provides money and other services for eligible individuals who do not meet the requirements of federally funded programs such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
All GA recipients are encouraged to work with their caseworker or visit their county assistance office (CAO) or district office to have their cases reviewed to determine if an individual is eligible for other benefits. In addition, cases with records of visual acuity issues were reviewed for eligibility for the State Blind Pension (SBP) program. Individuals with a permanent physical or mental disability have been referred to the Social Security Administration through the Disability Advocacy Program located in local county assistance offices. Additionally, the department’s county assistance offices and district offices maintains a list of other community resources to assist in directing needy individuals towards other programs that may be able to assist them. We encourage those with questions to reach out to their caseworker and talk to them about other help that may be available.
Along with the potential to receive medical and/or other benefits, other resources that are available include: