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
HARRISBURG, May 12 – Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, today introduced the Pennsylvania Education Reinvestment Act, an essential component of Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed 2015-16 budget. “I am honored to push forward the governor’s proposal to reinvest in education,” Davidson said. “This is the vehicle to make that happen and I implore my fellow legislators to support it for the children of our commonwealth.” Davidson’s H.B. 1142 would impose a tax on the extraction of natural gas within the state to raise needed revenue for our state’s public education system. “The previous administration cut education funding by $1 billion,” Davidson said. “We need to reverse these cuts and properly fund education, without further burdening homeowners with higher property taxes.” The tax proposed in the Education Reinvestment Act is modeled after the severance tax in West Virginia, which has also seen a boom in production from unconventional drilling over the last decade. The severance tax would impose a rate of 5 percent on the market value of gas extracted in Pennsylvania (with a floor of $2.97), along with an additional 4.7 cents per cubic foot extracted. Davidson noted that Pennsylvania currently ranks 45th in the nation in percentage of state-provided funding for public education. “With Pennsylvania sitting on one of the largest deposits of natural gas in the world, it is up to us to use Read more
UPPER DARBY – Area veterans will have the opportunity to learn more about benefits and services available to them at a free veterans fair hosted by state Rep. Margo Davidson. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 18 at the East Lansdowne Borough Hall, 155 Lexington Ave., East Lansdowne. Davidson said the offerings include real estate tax exemptions for veterans with disabilities, emergency financial assistance for veterans and their families, a tuition gratuity for veterans and their family members seeking higher education, bonus programs for veterans of the first Persian Gulf War, and more. More details to come. ### Read more
UPPER DARBY, May 5 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, will sponsor a community health fair from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 21 at the Chapel of the Good Shepard, 654 Church Lane, Yeadon. “My community health fair is a perfect opportunity for residents of the 164 th Legislative District to receive free screening tests – and get lots of health questions answered -- by making just one visit,” Davidson said. “I think it’s very important for the health and safety of my constituents who may not have access to health care that my office provides this service.” There will be information on the Affordable Care Act, and an expert will be available to answer all of your questions about the federal health care program. The health fair will also include: Free health screenings. Information on health wellness from providers, state and county agencies and non-profits. Door prizes and giveaways. Free refreshments. For more information about the health fair, please call Maureen McGrory at 610-259-7016 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . ### Read more
HARRISBURG, April 6 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, invites area residents to celebrate "Eat for Peace Week" in Pennsylvania April 11th through April 19th by sharing a meal with persons of various backgrounds and cultures at local restaurants. For the past four years Rep. Davidson and the Brandywine Visitors and Convention Bureau have marked the occasion by hosting a “Eat for Peace” Restaurant week celebration which features restaurants that serve cuisines from around the world throughout the 164 th Legislative District, including all five municipalities – East Lansdowne, Lansdowne, Millbourne, Upper Darby, Yeadon. "The Eat for Peace concept evolved from the unique experiences of Anthony Lucidonio, Jr., known as “Tony Luke,” who has restaurants in Delaware County and all over the world,” Davidson said. “Specifically, it was during Mr. Lucidonio’s time in the country of Bahrain that he observed firsthand the phenomenon of healthy and positive relationships being forged between the multinational patrons who dined at his restaurant.” Davidson said this concept has special meaning in her legislative district because it is the most diverse district in the commonwealth with over 70 languages spoken at the schools. Residents who would like more information about Eat for Peace or a complete list of restaurants participating in Eat for Peace Week should call Davidson’s office at (610) Read more
UPPER DARBY, March 9 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, will host her 4 th Annual Financial Fitness Forum on Thursday, March 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Philadelphia International Alliance Church, 6839 Chestnut St., in Upper Darby. This expo will include free information on a variety of financial issues. Exhibitors and speakers will provide presentations on money management, shopping for a mortgage, college financing, unclaimed property, retirement and real estate planning, preventing foreclosures, home ownership and much more. “This expo is an excellent opportunity for area residents to gather information to help them improve their current financial situation or to prepare for the future,” Davidson said. “We will have a number of financial experts to provide resources on money matters and my staff will help with state programs and services that affect family finances.” Historically this event has been well attended. Davidson encourages residents to register as soon as possible. For more information or to register, please contact (610) 259-7016 or email@example.com . ### Read more
UPPER DARBY, Feb. 11 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, will host an immigration conference from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19 at Faith-Immanuel Lutheran Church, 65 Penn Blvd., East Lansdowne. This event will provide assistance with programs to benefit immigrants. Topics to be covered include: The Road and Rights of Citizenship: Completing the forms, preparing for the test, preparing financially Your Green Card: Permanent vs. Temporary Resident Visas and appropriate identification Medical coverage for undocumented residents Inoculation for international travel Securing a driver’s license regardless of immigration status Congressman Robert Brady and White House Commissioner N. Nina Ahmad, who serves on the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, will also be in attendance to discuss new federal immigration policies. "With more than 70 languages spoken at the district’s schools, it’s obvious that there is a need for this type of event," Davidson said. "I am proud to bring this event to the 164th Legislative District to support the residents in the district who are immigrants, new and long-standing, nationalized citizens and their loved ones." For more information or to RSVP, please contact Carolyn Collins at (610) 259-7016 or firstname.lastname@example.org . ### Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 30 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, and other members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus recently met with the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association and high-ranking law enforcement officials to improve relations between police and the communities they serve. Davidson termed the meeting productive, stating, “This was the first in what I hope will be many meetings with law enforcement officials to improve relations. If we can improve interactions between police and the people they serve, maybe we can prevent additional tragic deaths.” Over the past few months, protests occurred across the country in response to the fatal shootings of black men and children by police officers, including Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.; Eric Garner in New York; and 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland. Davidson said peaceful protests are important and have their place, but the time has come for a meaningful dialogue about what needs to change in our communities. “Citizens and police must work together to keep our communities safe, keep justice fair and preserve lives,” Davidson said. “Police need to be able to go home to their families and citizens, particularly in communities of color, need to know that law enforcement and the criminal justice system works for them as well. We all want the same things – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” This was the first time the Read more
UPPER DARBY, Jan. 13 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, will host a Stay Warm Energy Fair from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22 at Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church, 500 Midvale Road, Upper Darby.This event will help area residents learn how to conserve energy and save money on their energy bills.Government and non-profit agencies will be on-hand to provide information about energy assistance, weatherization and energy conservation.“We are starting the coldest part of the winter so it is important that people know how to properly weatherize their homes to conserve energy and save money,” Davidson said. “This type of information and help with applications for the LIHEAP energy assistance program will be available at my energy fair.”For more information or to RSVP, please contact Maureen McGrory at (610) 259-7016 or email@example.com.### Read more
JANUARY Stay Warm Energy Fair – Thursday, January 22 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church, 500 Midvale Road, Upper Darby . Learn about how to save money on your energy bill and conserve energy. Government and non-profit agencies will be on-hand to provide information about energy assistance, weatherization, and energy conservation. For more information contact 610-259-7016 or firstname.lastname@example.org FEBRUARY Financial Fitness Part 1- FREE TAX PREP – (Several Dates by Appointment) @ Rep. Davidson’s District Office @ mobile office locations . Call or visit my office to schedule an appointment for free income tax preparation. Appointments are available throughout February and March. Income must not exceed $51,000 to qualify. Must call or email to schedule an appointment. For more information contact 610-259-7016 or email@example.com Immigration Conference – Thursday, February 19 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 65 Penn Blvd., East Lansdowne . My office will be partnering with Congressman Robert Brady’s office to provide assistance with state and federal programs for immigrants. For more information contact 610-259-7016 or firstname.lastname@example.org MARCH Financial Fitness Part 2 – Financial Fitness Forum – Thursday, March 19 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Philadelphia International Alliance Church, 6839 Chestnut Street, Upper Darby. Visit my Financial Fitness Expo to learn about personal Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – At a ceremony at the state Capitol Tuesday, state Rep. Margo Davidson was sworn in to her third term representing the 164th Legislative District in Delaware County.Davidson said her priorities for the 2015-16 legislative session include keeping taxes low, working to restore education funding and encouraging job creation through small business development in Delaware County. She said she and her staff also pride themselves on providing exceptional service to her constituents."I am excited and honored to continue working for the great people of 164th Legislative District,” Davidson said. “In addition to serving as my constituents' voice in Harrisburg, I am committed to connecting people to state services that can help them and their families.“I am further humbled by the fact that a full busload of my constituents saw fit to come to Harrisburg today to witness me being sworn in for the third time. I’m grateful that people are still excited about my service on their behalf.”Her constituent service office, located in the Barclay Square Shopping Center, 1500 Garrett Road, announced new hours. Davidson’s office is open Mondays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Davidson represents the 164th Legislative District, which includes five municipalities in Delaware County – Upper Darby, East Lansdowne, Lansdowne, Millbourne and Yeadon.For more information on how to access state Read more
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
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