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March 26, 2020

Gov. Wolf Urges USDA to Waive Food Assistance Eligibility Requirements

Governor Tom Wolf  sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue asking that USDA waive eligibility requirements for the Emergency Food Assistance Program; reconsider Pennsylvania’s request for temporary waivers to allow more food to be distributed at school feeding sites and food banks; and to be flexible and change its interpretation of...

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March 26, 2020

Update on Pennsylvania’s Surprise Balance Billing Protection Act

Pennsylvania’s Surprise Balance Billing Protection Act, HB 1862, bill passed out of committee unanimously, and is now sitting on the House floor, waiting for second consideration. The bill keeps consumers stay out of the middle of this issue in an emergency situation by allowing them to pay the expected in-network rate. In this bill, out...

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March 26, 2020

ELCA Releases First Draft of Social Message on Government and Civic Engagement: Discipleship in a Democracy

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in American (ELCA) has shared The First Draft of the Social Message on Government and Civic Engagement: Discipleship in a Democracy. The development of this message on government, civic engagement, the relationship of church and state and related matters, was called for by the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. This is not...

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March 24, 2020

ELCA Presiding Bishop Extends Invitation to Join in the Lord’s Prayer

March 24, 2020 Dear Church, The Evangelical Lutheran Church America, as part of the body of Christ, is united with other Christians in our communities, in our country and around the world. This unity takes many forms, including prayer. I am writing to extend an invitation we have received from Pope Francis, through the Lutheran...

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March 24, 2020

Help To Support Migrants in Detention During COVID-19

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) recently launched “Hope Can’t Be Quarantined: How To Support Migrants In Detention During This Time of Crisis”.  For our friends in immigration detention, the isolation that they experience has only been intensified by the authorities’ decision to indefinitely postpone visits from family, faith leaders and volunteers in an effort...

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March 19, 2020

Lutheran Disaster Response – Eastern PA Partners Seeks Volunteers in Response to COVID-19

Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) – Eastern PA partners with agencies across the Commonwealth of PA to serve those most in need during disaster. LDR – Eastern PA anticipates a number of needs arising that local churches can play a role in meeting. One opportunity that has just become available is through their partner disaster organization,...

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March 17, 2020

USDA Answers Questions Regarding COVID-19; SFSP; SSO; and Meal Delivery Using Existing Authority

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has prepared this document in response to COVID-19 as it relates to the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) and Meal Delivery Using Existing Authority. Question and Answer 1. Can schools that have been approved for non-congregate feeding through SFSP or SSO deliver meals directly...

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March 16, 2020

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services Announces COVID-19 Treatment in Relation to Public Charge

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)  announced that the agency will NOT consider “testing, treatment, nor preventative care (including vaccines, if a vaccine becomes available) related to COVID-19” in a public charge determination “even if such treatment is provided or paid for by one or more public benefits.” This announcement falls short of...

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March 16, 2020

U.S. District Court Issues Injunction On SNAP Time Limits Rule For ABAWDs

On Friday, March 13, a federal judge from the U.S. District Court for Washington, D.C., issued a nationwide injunction blocking the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) for Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD) from taking effect. The Trump administration rule, scheduled to take effect April 1, would have forced nearly 700,000 Americans off food stamps...

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March 13, 2020

Congregational Resources & Bishop Eaton On COVID-19

With the outbreaks of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States and around the world, congregations and houses of worship need to be well-informed and well-prepared. The following information offers guidance as we minister to and engage with each other, and within our communities, as the body of Christ. Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton...

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