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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: December 12, 2022 03:10 PM
From: Senator David G. Argall and Sen. Scott Martin, Sen. Mike Regan
To: All Senate members
Subject: Ensuring the Department of Human Services Preserves Assistance Dollars for Those Who Truly Need It
 
Regardless if you are a Republican or Democrat, everyone should agree that precious tax payer dollars budgeted for Human Services assistance programs should be allocated to those who truly need the assistance.

In order to ensure that the Department of Human Services is providing the most funding to those Pennsylvanians who truly need it, we will be introducing a package of bills to ensure just that.

Please join us in co-sponsoring this common-sense package of bills.



Document #1

Introduced as SB243

Description: The first bill will ensure that SNAP benefits aren’t being spent on those who are no longer living by requiring the Department of Human Services to check death certificates with the Department of Health’s Bureau of Vital Statistics against its recipients of Medical Assistance and SNAP benefits.

This bill was SB 1124 last session and previous co-sponsors included Senators Argall, Martin, Brooks, Phillips-Hill, J. Ward, Gordner, Dush, Hutchinson, Aument, Pittman, Baker, Mastriano, and Stefano.
 

Document #2

Introduced as SB244

Description: The second bill will require the Department of Human Services to check wage records by employers and the Department of Revenue against recipients of Medical Assistance and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

This bill was SB 1121 last session and was sponsored by Senators Argall, Martin, J. Ward, Scavello, Dush, Pittman, Baker, and Stefano.
 

Document #3

Introduced as SB245

Description: The third bill will ensure that the Department of Human Services is accurately following the Public Assistance Integrity Act. The Department must report how many applicants reported lottery winnings of $600 or more, how many of those applicants were denied assistance due to lottery winnings of $600 or more, and any potential gaps in communication encountered between the Department of Human Services and County Assistance Offices which may have resulted in the failed reporting of winnings over $600.

This bill was SB 1195 last session and previous co-sponsors included Senators Argall, Martin, Brooks, Regan, Aument, Baker, Pittman, Hutchinson, Mensch, Stefano, and J. Ward.