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Unemployment Compensation

State and federal unemployment compensation benefits are available to eligible workers who have less work or no work.  Self-employed workers who have less business may be eligible for benefits.

Identification Documents and Name Changes

Obtaining identification documents is often a circular path.  To get a birth certificate, you need a Social Security card. To get a Social Security card, you need photo ID. To get photo ID, you need a birth certificate. Fortunately, a lawyer, using their own photo ID and attorney’s license, may order a birth certificate for a…

Wills, Living Wills, Powers of Attorney

Wills, living wills and powers of attorney are three important legal documents. They make sure that your wishes for you and your belongings will be followed if you die or become too sick to speak for yourself. Without these documents, family and friends are often left not knowing what to do. We know it is…

Public and Private Benefits: Income Replacement and Health Care

More than a 25 percent of the clients who come to the AIDS Law Project are looking for some form of public or private health insurance as the road to health care.  As HIV has become for many people, a chronic, manageable condition, the key is access to health care and medications. The AIDS Law…

Standby Guardianship

No question haunts a parent living with HIV/AIDS as much as, “Who will care for my children if I can’t?” Long-term stability is critical to the healthy development of children. Pennsylvania’s Standby Guardianship law, which the AIDS Law Project authored, helps terminally ill parents make permanency plans for the future care of their children. A…

Medical and Legal Partnership

The medical-legal partnership (MLP) model combines health and legal services at a single site of care. A multidisciplinary team of professionals works together to address medical and social/legal problems that have an impact on overall health. The AIDS Law Project has medical-legal partnerships with Garden State Infectious Disease Associates in Voorhees. NJ, Prevention Point Philadelphia, the…

Immigration

Immigrants, non-immigrants and undocumented aliens who are living with HIV or AIDS face complicated legal issues. The good news is that HIV is no longer an automatic exclusion to entering the U.S. or obtaining legal permanent residency. Beginning in 2010, HIV is no longer an “excludable” condition under the immigration laws. This means that people…

Housing and Utilities

Landlord/Tenant Issues Tenants have the right to the quiet enjoyment of their residences, and the obligation to pay rent to the landlord. Similarly, the landlord has the obligation to provide a safe and secure premises and the right to collect rent. Tenants unable to afford to pay rent should contact a case manager to inquire…

Testing Protocols

THE PENNSYLVANIA CONFIDENTIALITY OF HIV-RELATED INFORMATION ACT (Act 148), as amended In 1988, the Pennsylvania legislature passed the Confidentiality of HIV-Related Information Act, (commonly known as Act 148) to prevent unauthorized HIV testing and disclosure of HIV-related information without an individual’s consent.  In 2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued recommendations designed…

HIV Policy Collaborative

The AIDS Law Project is the convener of the HIV Policy Collaborative of Pennsylvania, a 19-member consortium of AIDS service organizations active in dozens of counties across the Commonwealth. Collaborative members work together to develop and recommend medically-sound and legally-equitable policies for the management of the AIDS epidemic and the treatment of people living with…