From the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania (http://www.drnpa.org):
Stop the Cuts to Pennsylvanians WHO CAN AFFORD IT THE LEAST!
People with Disabilities and older Pennsylvanian’s are facing cuts to their State Supplemental Payments (SSP) unless we make the Legislature act now.
345,000 Pennsylvanians receive SSP, usually people who are very-low-income elderly, blind, and/or disabled, struggling to live in the community. 67,000 recipients are disabled children.
Until now, PA provided a monthly State Supplemental Payment to help people afford food, transportation, and medicine of $27.40/single, $43.70/couple. The cuts reduce that by $5.30/single, $10.40/couple. This supplements a maximum $674 federal benefit for singles ($1,011/month for a couple).
To these recipients it is the difference of one meal, one bus trip to a grocery store or to a child’s school event, or one medication co-pay.
What can you do?
COME TO HARRISBURG ON MARCH 16TH FOR A RALLY IN THE ROTUNDA!
When: Tuesday, March 16th, 2010, 1:00 PM
Where: Harrisburg Capitol Main Rotunda
Info: Handouts will be available for those planning legislative visits (please schedule these in advance). Please check in at the coalition table outside of the Capitol Cafeteria
NOTE: If you cannot attend the rally, please contact your legislators. Learn how at http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=2293.
Need a ride? Limited transportation is available from the National Federation of the Blind of PA. Contact Mr. Jim Antonacci at 215-988-0888, #3 to reserve at spot. Pick-up is at 9am on the 12th St. side of the Marriot Hotel at 12th and Market Streets in Philadelphia.
This rally is sponsored by the Coalition to Restore SSP Payments to PA’s Disabled and Elderly, with 59 member organizations statewide. The Council is a member of the coalition.