More Than 350,000 PA Seniors Take Advantage of Streamlined Food-Stamp Application

KATE GIAMMARISE, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, NOV 13, 2017 More than a year after the state rolled out a vastly simplified application process for some senior citizens applying for food assistance, more than 350,000 older Pennsylvanians have used the streamlined tool. … Continued

Pennsylvania Simplifies SNAP Application Process for Older Adults

From the Community Action Association of Pennsylvania ( The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as “food stamps”) is the nation’s most effective tool to combat food insecurity. The program provides nutrition assistance for millions of eligible low-income individuals … Continued

How Medicaid Caps Would Impact Seniors

Posted at By National Council on Aging June 22, 2017 Editor’s note: This piece was written by Joe Caldwell, PhD, the Director of Long-Term Services and Supports Policy at National Council on Aging. It was originally published on NCOA’s blogon June 19.  … Continued

Report: PA Needs to Boost Services for Seniors

Posted at June 15, 2017 – Andrea Sears, Public News Service (PA) Play Audio in Browser Window The majority of older Pennsylvanians want to live independently, at home, as they age. (Tunstall/Flickr) HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania has made some … Continued

Report Says AHCA Would Force Seniors into Nursing Homes

Posted at May 19, 2017 – Andrea Sears, Public News Service (PA) Play Audio in Browser Window More than 90,000 Pennsylvanians participate in Medicaid-funded home- and community-based services. (agilemktg1/Flickr) HARRISBURG, Pa. – The GOP health bill now in the … Continued

Trump Administration Considering ‘Back-Door Way’ to Cut Social Security

Posted at Published on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 by Common Dreams ‘If Trump proposes this Trojan horse, it would be the newest shot in the ongoing Republican war against Social Security’ By Deirdre Fulton, staff writer Social Security Works … Continued

KRC on U.S. Senate Action to Prevent Cities from Improving Retirement Security for Private Sector Workers

Posted at Mar 31, 2017 04:39 pm | Stephen Herzenberg We issued the following statement in my name this week in response to the U.S. Senate vote on H.J. Resolution 67 blocking a rule that would make it easier … Continued

PA Voters Oppose Medical Liability Bill

Posted at March 30, 2017 – Andrea Sears, Public News Service (PA) Play Audio in Browser Window HR 1215 would shield nursing homes from liability for abuse and neglect. (Roger W/Flickr) HARRISBURG, Pa. – A majority of Pennsylvania voters … Continued

AARP: Medicare Vouchers Would Raise Costs for PA Seniors

Posted at March 6, 2017 – Andrea Sears, Public News Service (PA) Play Audio in Browser Window Reining in the cost of prescription drugs is one way to reduce Medicare costs, according to AARP. (USMC/Wikimedia Commons) HARRISBURG, Pa. – … Continued

Older Americans Pushed Into Poverty as Feds Garnish Social Security for Student Debt

Posted at Published on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 by Common Dreams ‘Hard-earned Social Security checks should not be siphoned off to pay interest and fees on student loan debt,’ says Elizabeth Warren By Deirdre Fulton, staff writer “We could … Continued