2015 PLAN Excellence AwardsNominations for the 2015 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Awards are due on Friday, December 12, 2014. Please submit your nominations for the awards on behalf of worthy candidates who exemplify excellence in their commitment and accomplishments as advocates for low-income people.


Pennsylvania Health Law ProjectThe November edition of the Health Law PA News is now available from the Pennsylvania Health Law Project. For prior editions or more information about the Pennsylvania Health Law Project, please visit their website at


President Obama has announced Executive Actions to change immigration and enforcement policies. People who have lived in the U.S. for 5 years and who have U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident children will be able to apply for a work permit and protection from deportation.

The Immigration Advocates Network, along with their partners and other advocates are making a variety of resources on administrative relief available.


PLAN extends its sincere appreciation to Professor Laurence Tribe for his leadership and championing of equal access to justice, and for urging Pensylvania lawyers to support PLAN during his CLE Presentation, Uncertain Justice - The Roberts Court and the Constitution, simulcast across Pennsylvania on November 24, 2014.


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Starting January 2015, Medical Assistance (MA) will cover almost all low-income adults. 

If you are over the income limit for MA, you can apply for insurance through between Nov. 15th and Feb. 15th. Many people qualify for assistance in paying for coverage obtained through


The Department of Public Welfare (DPW) kicked off the start of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) application process for the 2014-15 season on November 3, 2014.

LIHEAP provides assistance for home heating bills to keep low-income Pennsylvanians warm and safe during the winter months. It’s available to renters and homeowners. Crisis and regular LIHEAP grants begin Nov. 3 this year.


Pennsylvania Health Law ProjectThe October edition of the Health Law PA News, a free monthly newsletter, is available from the Pennsylvania Health Law Project. For prior editions or more information about the Pennsylvania Health Law Project, please v


National Employment Law ProjectThe National Employment Law Project welcomed the Obama administration's announcement of its latest efforts to improve the job prospects of the nation's nearly three million long-term unemployed.

In January, the administration launched a campaign to enlist businesses in a pledge to recruit and hire more long-term unemployed applicants and to refrain from hiring discrimination against them. The administration has now, working with business leaders, human resource professionals, and local public-private workforce partnerships, rolled out significant steps to boost the hiring of people experiencing long-term unemployment.


Individuals requesting child or spousal support will now have the option to submit court documents online using the e-Services feature on the Pennsylvania Child Support Website.

E-Services enables clients or their attorneys to request support services through the Pennsylvania Child Support website and submit court documents directly to their county Domestic Relations Section of the County Court of Common Pleas.


Legal Services CorporationThe Legal Services Corporation will be holding a free webinar entitled Tools Legal Services Attorneys can use to help Create easier-to-read Communications for Clients on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Eastern.