A number of public assistance programs are available to help struggling individuals and families endure difficult financial circumstances. One challenge that lawmakers face is ensuring these programs help people who are truly in need, and making sure these programs are not abused.

In the final days of the 2017-18 Legislative Session, the General Assembly approved a number of bills aimed at protecting the integrity of Pennsylvania’s welfare programs. Although some of these potential changes fell victim to Gov. Wolf’s veto pen – including commonsense work requirements for able-bodied Medical Assistance beneficiaries – other reforms were approved with bipartisan support and signed into law to help prevent public assistance dollars from being lost to illicit activities.

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