PACE, PACENET and PACE plus Medicare are Pennsylvania's prescription assistance programs for older adults, offering low-cost prescription medication to qualified residents, age 65 and older. As of this year, the legislature passed a law excluding Social Security Medicare Part B premiums from being counted towards income levels. Read more
Pennsylvania has a Children's Health Insurance Program that provides free and low-cost health insurance to children. CHIP is not welfare – it covers children of working parents whose employers don't offer coverage and who can't afford private insurance. If you can't afford health insurance for your children, chances are they are eligible for CHIP. Read more
Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Read more
In Pennsylvania, you can choose the company that generates your electricity – also known as your electric supplier. This means that you have the power to switch to a competing supplier who can offer the lowest price, or provide a specific service you want, such as “green” or renewable energy. Read more
According to experts, an animal is abused every 60 seconds in the U.S.
Pennsylvania House Bill 869 is proposed to prevent animal cruelty and remove animals from owners who are convicted of abusing their pets. Read more
HARRISBURG, April 2 – State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, has recently introduced legislation designed to prevent animal cruelty and prohibit convicted animal abusers from further caring for animals they have harmed. Read more
An Erie nonprofit organization dedicated to improving veterans' housing opportunities will receive a $70,000 state grant, state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, of Millcreek Township, announced this morning. Read more
HARRISBURG, March 27 – An Erie nonprofit organization dedicated to improving veterans’ housing opportunities will receive a $70,000 state grant, announced state Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie. Read more
Gov. Tom Wolf proposes to double the state's tourism marketing budget in his 2015-16 budget. Read more
ERIE, March 25 – The House Democratic Policy Committee today heard from business leaders and representatives from the tourism industry about Pennsylvania’s economy and potential for job growth at a hearing requested by state Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie.
The House Democrats are looking to Erie for suggestions on improving the outlook of jobs in our region. State Representative Ryan Bizzarro is the vice chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee and has been traveling around the Commonwealth with his colleagues. They're focusing on different aspects of our budget and policies, including jobs. Read more
Gov. Tom Wolf said he would be a different kind of governor.
And his first budget presented Tuesday reflects a variety of differences in the way that Pennsylvania would spend money and tax its citizens. Read more
HARRISBURG, March 3 – State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, issued the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2015-16 proposed budget:
“Governor Wolf’s bold and creative plan is a step in the right direction for Pennsylvania. After four years of abysmal job numbers, harmful education cuts and disregard for the middle class, this proposal is a welcome change that reinvests in our students, seniors and hardworking citizens.
FEBRUARY 26, 2015-- The PA House of Representatives voted 114 to 87 on Thursday to pass a House Bill 466 that could allow liquor privatization. The Republican-backed plan would remove the state from the liquor stores and would change the way consumers purchase alcohol. Those in favor of the bill, believe that privatizing liquor sales would give easier access to consumers. Those opposed disagree saying it wouldn't benefit PA residents. Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – Citing the potential for consumer inconvenience and significant revenue losses, state Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, today voted against House Bill 466, which would privatize the state’s wine and spirits stores. Read more
ERIE, Feb. 25 – State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, has announced constituents can obtain applications for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program at his various Erie County offices. Read more
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – People who steal medicine from elderly Pennsylvanians would face increased jail time under a bill pending in the state legislature. Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 19 – State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, has reintroduced legislation that aims to cut down on the theft of prescription medication from older adults. Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 – State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, has introduced H.B. 299 , which is designed to combat elder abuse committed by people acting with power of attorney. "Pennsylvania has one of the fastest-growing populations of senior citizens 65 and older in the country," Bizzarro said. "Many of these two million Pennsylvanians suffer from dementia or other mentally debilitating diseases, so they grant power of attorney to others to help them with financial responsibilities. Unfortunately, many of these agents take advantage of those they’ve been entrusted to assist and misuse their funds. It is time to put an end to this egregious practice and make sure we protect our older Pennsylvanians and those who need extra support." The legislation, which has garnered bipartisan support, would revise the state’s Power of Attorney Acknowledgement to indicate that failure to comply with the document’s directives could result in criminal charges against the person with power of attorney. "Many times, people acting with power of attorney will commit theft, but claim they did not know their actions could be considered criminal," Bizzarro said. "My legislation would negate this shameful excuse." In addition, in cases of suspected abuse, H.B. 299 would allow local aging agencies to obtain evidence related to financial transactions made on behalf of a mentally incapacitated person. Bizzarro noted he introduced Read more
ERIE, Feb. 2 – State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, today announced that several fire and ambulance companies in the 3rd Legislative District will receive more than $111,000 in state grants. "Our first responders play a crucial role in keeping our communities safe," Bizzarro said. "I am pleased to see the state supporting their efforts in a way that will allow them to continue their important work." Funding for the grants comes from the Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program, funded by gaming revenue. Money from the program can be used to repair, build or renovate facilities, purchase new equipment, train and certify staff, or repay debt related to equipment purchases or facility building and maintenance. Grant recipients in the 3rd Legislative District include: Central Erie County Paramedic Association, Inc., $7,444.80; Edinboro Volunteer Fire Department, $14,284.70; Edinboro Volunteer Fire Department EMS, $7,444.80; Kearsarge Fire Department, $14,284.70; Lake Shore Fire Department, $12,622.62; Lake Shore Fire Department EMS, $7,444.80; McKean Hose Company, $11,791.59; McKean Hose Company EMS, $7,444.80; West Lake Fire Department, $14,007.69; and West Ridge Fire Department, $14,284.70. The grant program was expanded in 2013 to increase its annual funding from $25 million to $30 million and extend eligibility to 35 municipal departments across the state. In addition, the average amount of grants Read more
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