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Docket: Low Income Benefits


Case Name: Harley v. Lyng

Court: U.S. Dist. Ct. ED Pa   Docket: 84-4101

Case Issue: Must the state issue expedited Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to eligible households with 5 days from application as previously ordered by the court?

Case Name: Henderson v. Shinseki

Court: U.S. Supreme Court   Docket: 09-1036

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Case Result: Veteran's appeal of denial of VA benefits can be heard even if it misses a filing deadline.

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Our legal advocacy initiatives  - conducted by AARP Foundation Litigation (AFL) - reflect more than 15 years of work in federal and state courts across the country. Through our efforts, we support the Foundation’s four priority areas: Hunger, Income, Housing and Isolation, and ensure that those 50 and older have a voice in the laws and policies that affect their daily lives.