Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Temporary Disability in Pennsylvania

There is limited state help while waiting for SSD or SSI in PA:
"Individuals can qualify for General Assistance (GA) if they:
  • Have a temporary or permanent disability; or
  • Are a child under 18 who is not living with a relative; or
  • Are between the ages of 18 and 21 and in high school; or
  • Are caring for an unrelated child under the age of 13 or are caring for someone who is ill or
    disabled; or
  • Are a victim of domestic violence (benefits will be limited to 9 months in a lifetime); or
  • Are in a drug or alcohol treatment program that prevents them from working (benefits will
    be limited to 9 months in a lifetime)
    The maximum GA cash grant for individuals in most Pennsylvania counties who have no other in- come is $205 per month or $316 per month for a married couple.
    Applications Are Now Being Taken For GA!
    Those wishing to apply for GA may do so in person at their local County Assistance Office or online atwww.compass.state.pa.usA face-to-face interview is required as part of the application process. Those who qualify can start receiving benefits as early as this fall, with benefits to be paid retroac- tively back to the date of eligibility. In general, that means the date all required application verifica- tion documents are submitted and an interview is completed."
    Source: PA Health Law Project


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