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Pennsylvania Health Law ProjectThe July edition of the Health Law PA News, a free monthly newsletter, 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


Visit www.SocialSecurity.govThe Social Security Board of Trustees has released its annual report on the long-term financial status of the Social Security Trust Funds. 

The combined asset reserves of the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Trust Funds are projected to become depleted in 2033, unchanged from last year, with 77 percent of benefits still payable at that time. The DI Trust Fund will become depleted in 2016, also unchanged from last year's estimate, with 81 percent of benefits still payable.


Pennsylvania Health Law ProjectThe Pennsylvania Health Law Project reports that Department of Public Welfare (DPW) Secretary Beverly Mackereth has announced that DPW has shelved the planned elimination of the Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities (MAWD) program.  The program was scheduled to end effective Jan. 1, 2015.

MAWD provides health coverage to over 34,000 working Pennsylvanians with disabilities who don’t qualify for other categories of Medical Assistance, usually due to their earnings.  It provides an important incentive for people with disabilities to work and still keep their Medical Assistance coverage.  It allows individuals with disabilities to work without fear of losing their critically important health insurance coverage, including personal assistance services and other supports they need to get and keep a job and remain in the community. 


The Disability Integration Project at the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc. has recently launched a new website that is desigend to inform a wide audience about the rights given to diabled persons under the Olmstead decision of the United States Supreme Court. It also provides resources and information for self-advocates, family and friends of people with disabilities, and legal advocates alike. 

“Olmstead” refers to the 1999 U.S. Supreme Court case Olmstead v. L.C. in which the Court held that people with disabilities have a qualified right to receive state-funded support and services in the community when appropriate, rather than in institutions. Olmstead was a landmark disability rights decision that has impacted the lives of millions of people – both with and without disabilities. The new OlmsteadRights site was launched in conjunction of the 15th anniversary of the Olmstead Supreme Court decision. 


The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued an Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues, along with a question and answer document about the guidance and a Fact Sheet for Small Businesses.  The Enforcement GuidanceQ&A document, and Fact Sheet will be available on the  EEOC's website.

This is the first comprehensive update of the Commission's guidance on the subject of discrimination against pregnant workers since the 1983 publication of a Compliance Manual chapter on the subject.  This guidance supersedes that document and incorporates significant developments in the law during the past 30 years.