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
Please be aware that starting today and for the next four weeks, a milling and paving project on Markley Street/U.S. 202 South in Norristown Borough, Montgomery County, means motorists will encounter daytime travel restrictions, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. This resurfacing operation is one of the final stages of PennDOT’s $20.8 million project to rebuild and improve Markley Street between Elm Street in Norristown Borough and Johnson Highway in East Norriton Township. Drivers may encounter delays and periodic, flagger-controlled stoppages Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on and approaching Markley Street. In addition, temporary closures of streets intersecting Markley Street may be in place Mondays through Thursdays between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. along the 1.1 mile work zone. Milling and paving operations also may take place on Fridays if weather forces the cancellation of paving earlier in the week. Markley Street is currently one-way southbound from Roberts Street to Harding Boulevard, but carries two-way traffic between Roberts Street and Johnson Highway, and between Elm Street and Harding Boulevard. Markley Street will be reopened to two-way traffic between Roberts Street and Harding Boulevard this fall once all of the new traffic signals and street lights are installed and trees are planted in the work area. Motorists are advised to allow additional time when traveling on Markley Street during Read more
If you’re concerned about the safety of your personal information when discarding important documents, please take advantage of my free Community Shred Day to help you safely dispose of sensitive documents in an environmentally friendly manner. It will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday (May 30) at my Norristown Constituent Service Office, 1846 Markley St. Please bring paper documents that you are looking to get rid of or that may contain confidential information. All shredded material will be recycled. This event is only for residential document shredding; no businesses, please. Additionally, this event is first-come, first-serve until the truck is full. Please call my office at 610-270-1150 if you have questions about this event. Read more
Please be advised that the left lane is scheduled to be closed on Interstate 476 north between the Interstate 76 (Exit 16 A/B) and Conshohocken/Ridge Pike (Exit 18A) interchanges in West Conshohocken Borough and Plymouth Township, Montgomery County, on Wednesday, May 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for a bridge inspection, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The lane closure will be in place while a crew inspects the I-476 north bridge over Balligomingo Road. Motorists are advised to allow more time for travel during the bridge inspection because slowdowns will occur. The inspection, which is weather-dependent, is part of PennDOT’s program to inspect state bridges at least once every two years. The inspections ensure the safety and condition of the bridges. As always, please contact my offices regarding this or any other state-related matter. Read more
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that all driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, May 23, through Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.state.pa.us . Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include driver’s license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; driver license and photo ID duplicates; and driver exam scheduling. There are no additional fees for using online services. A complete listing of PennDOT driver and photo license center closings in 2015 is available here . Read more
State Rep. Matt Bradford has three important upcoming constituent events in May and June. Read more
Please be advised that work has begun to replace the sinkhole-damaged Plymouth Road bridge over Plymouth Creek in Plymouth Township. The project completion date is Aug. 31.
Pennsylvania's children have a new protection thanks to Hannah's Law, named after Hannah Ginion of Bristol Township, who suffered from the rare genetic disorder called Krabbe disease. Hannah passed away on Dec. 28, 2014. Read more
Recently, my office received information about phone calls received statewide in which an individual claimed to be from the IRS and demanded payment on taxes owed.
Please be aware – this phone call is a scam, and the IRS will NOT initiate first contact with you on the phone about taxes owed.
Always be wary of unsolicited phone calls in which an individual claims to represent a business or government entity and aggressively demands payment. The IRS does not operate this way and will always send official correspondence through the mail to make its first contact with you.
Landmark legislation passed during the 2013-14 Legislative Session now allows first responders, including law enforcement, fire fighters, EMS or other organizations the ability to administer a medication known as naloxone, a life-saving opioid-overdose antidote.
The law also allows individuals such as friends or family members who might be in a position to help a person at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose to obtain a prescription for naloxone. Additionally, Act 139 provides immunity from prosecution for those responding to and reporting overdoses.
House Bill 993, which renamed the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare as the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, was signed into law as Act 132 during the 2013-14 Legislative Session.
According to advocates for the change, renaming the department was long overdue, and as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported, the name change better reflects the department’s mission. Read more
As we get into the coldest months of winter, many people are worried about affording their increasing heating costs. If you or someone you know qualifies, my office could help you take advantage of a program set up to curtail high home heating bills. Read more
The open enrollment period for health care coverage is now underway. If you or someone you know is in need of health insurance, please consider visiting the federal Marketplace at www.HealthCare.gov. Applicants have until Feb. 16, 2015 to enroll.
Everyone, no matter what age, needs health insurance. A random accident or unexpected illness could put you in danger of losing not only your good health but also your financial future. Read more
To register for the Pennsylvania and national do-not-call lists, visit http://www.attorneygeneral.gov/dnc.aspx or call 1-888-777-3406. Registration is free. There is a rolling enrollment; individuals may sign up at any time and the registration is good for five years. After that, you can re-enroll. And, signing up on Pennsylvania's list automatically adds those numbers to the national do-not-call list. Read more
Last year’s bitterly cold winter left many people struggling to pay higher-than-normal home energy bills. As we head toward the coldest months of the year, there are ways you can winterize your home to keep heat in, cold air out, and money in your pocket. Many businesses offer professional home energy audits, but you can perform your own by inspecting areas where heat escapes and cold air leaks in. Read more
While it may be the season for charitable giving, scammers don't take a holiday. The Pennsylvania Department of State offers a simple way to ensure a charity is legitimate and that your donation will be used properly. Read more
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