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Pennsylvania looks to expand access to doula services in 2024

BY: - December 8, 2023

Doulas, who are non-medical, trained professionals provide emotional, informational, and physical support before, during, and after pregnancy and childbirth, such as help with breastfeeding, breathing techniques during labor, and planning the birthing process. Doulas have been praised by medical professionals and lawmakers who say their services help improve maternal health outcomes in Pennsylvania. 

Everything you need to know about LIHEAP

BY: - November 17, 2023

During the 2022-2023 LIHEAP season, 312,169 households statewide received more than $125 million in LIHEAP cash benefits, and these households received an average season benefit of $402, according to DHS data. 

Shapiro terminates state funding for Real Alternatives anti-abortion centers in Pa.

BY: - August 4, 2023

Real Alternatives, a Pennsylvania-based organization that supports and partners with anti-abortion centers to dissuade pregnant people from seeking abortion care, has received state funding for 30 years. 

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House Appropriations Committee examines $19B Human Services budget

BY: - April 11, 2023

Acting Human Services Secretary Valerie Arkoosh appeared before the Pennsylvania House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday to field lawmakers’ questions on issues ranging from mental health to dental care as they parsed the state’s largest departmental budget. The $19 billion spending proposal for the Department of Human Services includes a $2.7 billion increase over the 2021-22 […]

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Millions of people are expected to lose their Medicaid eligibility in the coming months as states return the programs to pre-COVID status. The loss of that revenue is expected to hurt struggling rural hospitals. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Pa. is ready to help with Medicaid changes. We need your help too | Opinion

BY: - February 28, 2023

We remain steadfast in our goal to protect the health and wellbeing of Pennsylvanians by keeping them covered.

With a pandemic-era ‘lifeline’ ending this month, Pa. food banks brace for increased need

BY: and - February 10, 2023

The program, which took effect in April 2020, increased monthly benefits to help those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Changes to SNAP income thresholds will expand eligibility for benefits, Wolf admin says

BY: - September 22, 2022

Beginning on Oct. 1, Pennsylvania will increase the income threshold for SNAP applicants to 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines (FPIG), the Department of Human Services said, adding that “more than 420,000 additional Pennsylvanians in more than 174,000 households will be newly eligible for SNAP” as a result of the change. 

‘Heartbroken and horrified’: state officials, advocates discuss abortion access in Pa.

BY: - September 21, 2022

As more than a dozen states have moved to ban or restrict access to abortion care following the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 24 decision overturning Roe v. Wade, Goulet said that it's important that Americans talk about what it is like to experience pregnancy in the U.S.

Wolf admin. celebrates launch of 988 helpline, says there’s more work to be done

BY: - July 20, 2022

In Pennsylvania, 988 will connect callers and texters to one of the commonwealth’s 13 crisis call centers for support. In communities where mobile crisis mental health teams are available, the call centers can dispatch those teams to “provide on-site support and interventions,” according to DHS. 

Attorneys for Equity Forward, Real Alternatives make their arguments in court over open records

BY: - March 7, 2022

“This is not DHS’s money,” Voss, of Philadelphia-based Kleinbard LLC, told the court, noting that service providers are free to use state grant funding however they please, including by giving it back to Real Alternatives, if they choose.

Health care providers, state officials tout new initiatives to combat rise in maternal mortality

BY: - March 1, 2022

In Pennsylvania, pregnancy-related deaths grew by more than 21 percent in the five years between 2013 and 2018, officials said.

Pa. human services, corrections departments launch doula program for incarcerated mothers

BY: - February 14, 2022

SCI-Muncy and SCI-Cambridge Springs, both all-female facilities, can hold an average of seven to eight pregnant people at any given time, a Department of Corrections spokesperson said.