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Senator Hughes An informational update for you!

This publication is your opportunity to receive regular updates on the work and the issues that I have been involved with, both in Harrisburg and throughout our community.

Please visit my website, where you will find a comprehensive overview of our work, various phone numbers and contact information to assist you in solving problems, opportunities to volunteer and assist us in our programs and opportunities to give your feedback.

Settlement Could Reinstate Medical Benefits for Many Pennsylvania Families

FamilyI am pleased to announce that The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare has reached a settlement with Philadelphia’s Community Legal Services and other advocacy groups that could mean the reinstatement of could mean the reinstatement of Medicaid benefits for tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians, including 89,000 children.

For over a year, these families have been bereft of much needed medical benefits. These families have had to struggle with costly medical bills or have simply gone without medical care because they could not afford it. I am pleased that this issue has been resolved and that these individuals who erroneously had their benefits taken away could have their medical assistance restored.

Following a letter from the Obama Administration urging DPW to ensure that no one had been wrongly removed from Medicaid rolls, a settlement was reached Tuesday evening between DPW and CLS which provides that more than 100,000 Pennsylvanians who lost Medicaid benefits last year have 35 days to reapply for their benefits.

In the upcoming weeks, those individuals previously ruled ineligible for Medcaid will receive a letter printed on blue paper informing them of their right to appeal.

What do you have to do to get your Medical Assistance back?

You have 35 days from the date on this letter to do the following:

  1. Fill out the Medical Assistance Reinstatement Form that comes with the letter and sign at the bottom;

  2. Make a copy for your records; and

  3. Mail the form in the envelope that comes with the blue letter OR fax it to 717-346-0363.

Include recent pay stubs (if you work), and if possible, medical bills, AND receipts for medical bills you paid since losing your Medical Assistance.

DPW will inform you of your eligibility for Medical Assistance within 30 days of receiving the form.

What if you have questions?

If you have any questions, please call 1-866-376-8231.

If you need a copy of this letter in a language other than English, call DPW at 1-866-376-8231.

HealthcarePlease don’t wait!

I urge all individuals who have had their Medical Assistance cut to be on the lookout for this distinctive blue letter and make sure you do not wait to send your form and other documentation back to DPW immediately. This could mean having essential medical benefits restored to you and your loved ones. This is absolutely critical.

Anyone with questions regarding Medical Assistance reinstatement should call my district office at 215-879-7777 or visit my website

You can find out more specifics about Medical Assistance and provide your feedback on my website at as well as on Facebook and Twitter (@SenatorHughes).

Offices of State Senator Vincent Hughes


4950 Parkside Avenue | Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: 215.879.7777
Fax: 215.879.7778

Senate Box 203007
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3007
Phone: 717.787.7112
Fax: 717.772.0579


Healthy Woman