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Cash Assistance Payments to Resume in PA

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General assistance cash payments this fall for poor or disabled Pennsylvanians will be restored following a state Supreme Court decision.

The Department of Human Services announced yesterday that it was updating internal systems and training employees in how to determine eligibility and process benefits.

Last month the Court unanimously struck down a 2012 law which ended state cash welfare benefits, ruling that lawmakers violated constitutional requirements that bills be considered in each chamber for at least three session days before being voted out.

Applications for the renewed benefits will be accepted online or through county offices. People can also call a helpline at 800-692-7462.

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