State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., Democratic chairman of the House Human Services Committee, today called on the Pennsylvania Department of Health to stop holding up the implementation of Act 148 of 2014, also known as Hannah’s Law, and begin screening newborns for the lysosomal storage disorders as called for under the law.
"This law was passed by the House, passed by the Senate, and signed by the governor," Cruz said. "There is no question that the Department of Health must begin implementing this law and stop dragging their feet when it comes to the health of our newborns." Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 18 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., announced today that he will hold a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 at the Juniata Boys and Girls Club, 1001 E. Cayuga St. in Philadelphia to discuss information about the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Read more
State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., Democratic chairman of the House Human Services Committee, today announced he will be hosting a flu shot clinic from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 at his district office, 3503 North B St., unit 7 (corner of B and Tioga sts.), Philadelphia, PA 19134. Read more
Joined by Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams, state Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., Democratic chairman of the House Human Services Committee, announced today that he and Williams will be hosting a drug takeback event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22 at Cruz’ district office, 3505 North B St., Philadelphia. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Angel Cruz was honored to take part in the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month in Pennsylvania. The celebration in Harrisburg highlighted the proud traditions of the many cultures that make up Hispanic heritage and the contributions they have made to the state and the nation. Read more
State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., reminds constituents that certificates of appreciation for the brave men and women who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom are available from his office. Read more
In light of recent controversy over possibly illegally towed vehicles in Philadelphia, state Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., said there is no better time than now for the House to take up his House Bill 550, which would increase tow truck operator accountability. Read more
The discovery of elevated levels of lead in Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority lines underscores the need to make sure it isn’t in our children, too.
The Legislature is considering a bill that would mandate lead testing for expectant mothers and for 1- and 2-year-olds, with high-risk children getting annual checks through age 6. If lawmakers don’t pass the bill, sponsored by Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Philadelphia, the Allegheny County Health Department could move forward on its own and implement the testing of children here. But the Legislature should pass Mr. Cruz’s testing bill — and related legislation — so children statewide are protected. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Angel Cruz speaks on his amendment that would further protect the privacy of Pennsylvanians from unauthorized drone use. The amendment ultimately failed, but began a discussion on the need to protect citizens in their homes and on their property from drones. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Angel Cruz says in the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting, the federal and state governments need to enact commonsense measures to keep guns out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them. Read more
State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., is inviting all residents of the 180th Legislative District to take part in the 2016 Philly Spring Cleanup from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9.
“Philadelphia is a beautiful city, and with a little help from those who call it home, I know we can make it look even better than it already does,” Cruz said. “Interested residents can contact my office for supplies or to organize groups to help beautify our district and make sure that everyone gets to enjoy a pristine Philadelphia this summer.”
Citing the tragedy unfolding in Flint, Michigan, state Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., was joined by a bipartisan group of legislators today calling for support of a legislation package that aims to reduce the risk of lead poisoning in Pennsylvania. Read more
In the wake of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, Pa. state Rep. Angel Cruz discusses the importance of new legislation aimed at protecting Pennsylvanians from potential lead contamination from aging paint and water pipes. Read more
Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2015 tax year are available at my district office – and my staff is ready to help you file yours for free ! The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650. Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2015 and meet all other eligibility criteria. The oft-extended deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2015 is June 30, 2016, and the rebates normally are distributed by the Deparment of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more
Citing the growing concern both nationwide and in Pennsylvania about the dangers of hidden lead poisoning, state Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., will introduce a package of legislation aimed at increasing lead testing in several main areas.
"It’s a tragedy that the events in Flint had to remind us of the dangers of lead poisoning, but the danger is real and the danger is high," Cruz said. "Studies from the Department of Health show that multiple cities across Pennsylvania are dealing with children testing positive for high blood lead levels, including Allentown, Scranton, York, Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, among others. This is not an issue we can afford to take lightly."
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
State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., was announced today as the newest president of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators.
Serving along with Cruz on the NHCSL’s Leadership Board will be:
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
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