When an applicant applies for cash assistance from the Department of Public Welfare in Pennsylvania, they are required to sign a form indicating that any money that they receive from the Social Security Administration in the form of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will be used to reimburse Welfare for the cash assistance received. SSI is the only benefit used to repay Welfare. Welfare has no claim to any of the past due Social Security Disability benefits.
Further, if an applicant applies for cash assistance, the applicant is required to pursue a Social Security Disability claim. This means that if the applicant is denied, then they must appeal that denial or reapply for benefits. If an applicant does not pursue Social Security Disability benefits Welfare may cease payment of any cash assistance.