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Capitol Office
53B East Wing
PO Box 202051
Harrisburg PA 17120-2051
Phone: (717) 783-5173
FAX: (717) 782-2963
                    
District Offices:
Fayette Chamber of Commerce Building
65 West Main Street, Suite 200
Uniontown, PA 15401
Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Telephone: 724-438-6100
Fax: 724-438-6104

Meyersdale Community Center
215 Main Street, Meyersdale, PA 15552 
Open every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Telephone: 814-634-4390

Confluence Community Center
711 Logan Place, Confluence, PA 15424 
Open the first and third Thursdays of the month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Telephone: 814-634-4390 

Ohiopyle Stewart Community Center
15 Sherman Street, Ohiopyle, PA 15470
Open the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Telephone: 814-634-4390
 
Welfare
People Who Can Work, Should Work
By Rep. Matthew Dowling
51st Legislative District

We all know someone who is dealing with a challenge in their lives. Job loss, illness, injury…any of these circumstances can happen to anyone at any time, and it is human nature to want to lift people up and get them back on their feet.

That’s why government has long offered a safety net to people in need of help. Whether the need is long-term due to a disability, or short-term, due to an illness, our state and federal governments provide billions of dollars each year to ensure support is available to our citizens for as long as it is needed.

But the key word here is “needed.” As taxpayers who foot the hefty bill for human services programs, we are willing to help those who need it. But we also expect people who are able to work and contribute to these costs to do so. Unfortunately, that is not a requirement right now in our Commonwealth.

I am sponsoring legislation that would allow Pennsylvania to apply to the federal government for a waiver to require work or community engagement for able-bodied recipients of Medical Assistance. This is aimed at insuring government funds – which are your tax dollars and not unlimited – are available to those who truly need it.

This legislation will not apply to the disabled, elderly or pregnant residents. It is targeted to able-bodied people to promote better mental, physical, emotional health and aid to individuals and families. The goal is one we all share: to help them rise up out of poverty and achieve independence from government aid.

The House Health Committee will meet on Tuesday, April 10, at a time to be determined, to consider my bill and several others that make up a package of Human Service reforms.

People who can work, should work. Our hard-working taxpayers deserve to know that funds are going to those who truly need it.