Pa. state Rep. Matt Bradford shares with the House Appropriations Committee his thoughts on the urgent need to complete a responsible 2015-16 budget and properly fund a 2016-17 budget. Read more
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
HARRISBURG, Feb. 1 – State Rep Matt Bradford, D-Montgomery, helped to secure a $200,000 state grant for the Chester Valley Rail Trail in Montgomery County to make improvements to the 15-mile trail. The Chester Valley Trail project is a partnership that involves inter-agency cooperation on many levels, including local, state and federal governments, area businesses and local residents who are committed to seeing the project through to completion. “The Chester Valley Rail Trail has changed miles of abandoned land into a popular location for biking and walking,” Bradford said. “This grant will allow officials to make improvements that will make the trail even better.” The Chester Valley Trail project dates back to 1991, when representatives from Chester and Montgomery counties used abandoned rail line as a major trail. The rail line follows U.S. Routes 30 and 202 through central Chester County from East Caln Township east to Montgomery County, providing a major part of the regional trail system from Chester County to the Schuylkill River Trail and Delaware River. The grant was administered as part of the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Community Conservation Partnerships Program. The CCPP provides financial and technical assistance to local governments, river and trail organizations, land trusts and other nonprofits for the planning, acquisition and development of park, recreation, conservation and greenways 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
Will you need help paying your heating bills now that the winter is here? The state’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is here to help with energy bills. The program provides grants based on household income, family size, type of heating fuel and region to individuals and families across the commonwealth. I am encouraging people who qualify for the program and that includes renters, homeowners, and individuals who have a disability to submit their applications to help pay their heating bills. Cash grants help with heating bills and are sent directly to your utility company or fuel provider and are credited to your bill. Crisis grants help with heating emergencies, such as a furnace failure or unexpected fuel shortages. The household income limits to qualify vary according to family size, and increase $6,240 for each additional person, as seen below: Household Size Maximum Income 1 2 3 4 $17,655 $23,895 $30,135 $36,375 The federally funded program is expected to continue until April 1, 2016, so apply now!! You can apply online at www.compass.state.pa.us . If you have any questions or need help, feel free to contact my office. 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
I wanted to remind you a mobile mammography van from Fox Chase Cancer Center will be at my Norristown constituent service office Friday to conduct breast cancer screenings, starting at 9 a.m. However, you must call my office at 610-270-1150 to make an appointment. You’ll also have to meet a few basic requirements, listed HERE . As always, please do not hesitate to contact my offices for assistance with any state-related issue. You can also visit my website for news and links to useful information on a variety of topics . Read more
Please be aware that lane restrictions are scheduled next week on U.S. 422 and U.S. 202 in Montgomery County for a series of bridge inspections, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The work schedule is: • On Monday, June 15, and Wednesday, June 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the right lane will be closed on U.S. 422 east between the Route 363 (Trooper Road) and Route 23 (Valley Forge Road) interchanges in West Norriton and Upper Merion townships; • On Tuesday, June 16, and Thursday, June 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the right lane will be closed on U.S. 422 west between Route 23 (Valley Forge Road) and Route 363 (Trooper Road) in West Norriton and Upper Merion townships; and • On Friday, June 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the right lane will be closed on U.S. 202 north between DeKalb Pike and Main Street in Bridgeport Borough. The inspections, which are weather dependent, are part of PennDOT’s program to inspect state bridges at least once every two years. The inspections ensure the safety and overall condition of the bridges. As always, please do not hesitate to contact my offices for assistance with any state-related issue. You can also visit my website for news and links to useful information on a variety of topics . 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
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