PHILADELPHIA, July 22 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio announced today that she will hold in August “Pam’s Policy Pow-Wows” – informal, roundtable-style discussions on policy issues with a high likelihood of being voted on in the Pennsylvania General Assembly before Nov. 30. All of “Pam’s Policy Pow-Wows” will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at her district office, 6511 Ridge Ave. in Philadelphia. “This is an opportunity for more in-depth discussion with my constituents interested in these policy topics in addition to any other state policy matters constituents would like to discuss,” she said. “Light refreshments will be provided, but feel free to BYOB – alcoholic or non-alcoholic.” Bills to be discussed include: Wednesday, August 3 H.B. 1510 – Known as the PA Fairness Act, legislation to prohibit discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression 2016-2017 Budget Revenue Bill – How are we paying for the 2016-2017 budget – what taxes are going up and what taxes are not, and why Wednesday, August 17 H.B. 1947 – Statute of limitation reform legislation that would also eliminate all criminal statutes on future child sex crimes H.B. 1948 – Pain Capable/Dismemberment Pro-Life Legislation, one of the strictest abortion-ban laws in the country Wednesday, August 31 H.B. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, July 8 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., today announced the approval of a $2.05 million Commonwealth Financing Authority grant to provide financial assistance for improvements along City Avenue between 50 th and 63 rd streets. The improvements, which qualified under CFA’s multimodal grant allocations, will include new drainage, turning lanes, crosswalks, signal upgrades and lighting. “Revitalization of the City Avenue Corridor has already begun, thanks to new zoning in both Philadelphia and Lower Merion Township and ongoing expansion at Saint Joseph’s University,” DeLissio said. “This ongoing revitalization has been hindered by traffic, drainage and safety issues that this City Avenue Project will address with the help of this grant. “This extremely busy federal highway that is maintained by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is used by thousands of residents and visitors travelling on foot, bicycle, buses and trains to attend classes, work and shop along this section of City Avenue. Greatly improving safety issues for all travelers is a key aspect of this project. “I use City Avenue frequently and can personally attest to the challenges of navigating this corridor in its present state. “This generous grant is a testament to how valuable our community is to the commonwealth,” DeLissio said. Read more
HARRISBURG, July 1 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., said at a news conference Tuesday that Pennsylvanians should have equal access to oral chemotherapy drugs and has supported H.B. 60 over the six years that she has been in office. DeLissio said that she is thrilled that the bill has finally made it to the governor's desk and looks forward to this legislation being signed into law shortly. Orally administered anti-cancer medications are typically covered under a health plan's pharmacy benefit and classified in the highest tier of a health plan’s cost-sharing system, requiring patients to pay a percentage of the total cost of the drug, generally between 25 and 30 percent. House Bill 60 would prohibit insurance policies from placing oral anti-cancer medications on a specialty tier or charging co-insurance payments that are more than would have been charged for IV therapy or injectables, helping more patients afford a more convenient form of cancer treatment. As of August 2014, 34 states have enacted oral chemotherapy access laws. “It cannot be overstated just how important these drugs are in saving lives,” DeLissio said. “Oral anti-cancer medications have become incredibly effective in fighting cancer, and no one should go without that powerful tool in their fight because they can’t afford it. Citizens should not have to make difficult choices about affording food and rent or mortgage payments Read more
Pa. state Rep. Pam DeLissio explains that she was on the road to Harrisburg following a chemotherapy treatment as the reason she was absent from voting on the state budget the prior evening. DeLissio estimates she was about ten minutes from the House Chamber when the voting occurred. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, June 17 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., on Thursday was awarded the LeadingAge PA Legislator of Distinction Award for 2016. LeadingAge PA is a trade association representing Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations that provide housing, health care and community services primarily to the elderly. DeLissio was recognized for her passion, advocacy and support for legislation that addresses the delivery of quality services to those in need regardless of income. DeLissio was recognized for being a strong partner for grassroots advocacy groups and in providing strategies on how long-term care providers can engage and participate in the advocacy process. At its annual conference in Hershey on Thursday, Ron Barth, president and CEO of Leading Age PA said: “Pam has had a tremendous impact in our field of providing long-term care to seniors. One of a number of heavy lifts Pam assisted us with took place a year ago, when Pam stepped up to assist in stopping the Department of Human Services proposed changes to the Budget Adjustment Factor for Medical Assistance rates for nursing facilities. This gained the support of many other legislators, however, Pam more than any other got involved with the issue, supported nonprofit providers and was instrumental in making sure that the BAF change – which would have resulted in the transfer of $3.59 million in MA funding from many LeadingAge PA providers to out-of-state for-profit Read more
HARRISBURG, June 17 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., marked Elder Abuse Awareness Day this week at the Capitol, voting for a House resolution Wednesday. Across Pennsylvania this week, officials and senior care workers joined in sending a message that elder abuse is a preventable crime that requires public officials and private health care providers to work together and make each day better than the last for seniors. “As a devoted advocate for good long-term care policy and a former professional in the field of senior housing and services, I know how important it is to be vigilant and to educate the citizens about the many forms of elder abuse, and how to recognize potential abuse as we interact with our neighbors and fellow church members or those residing in care facilities,” DeLissio said. “It takes a knowledgeable voice and adequate funding to address the problem, and I am proud to continually stand with great advocates of abuse awareness in the Capitol, as well as here in the 194 th Legislative District.” Elder abuse can take many forms, including physical, sexual or emotional abuse, financial exploitation, neglect, abandonment and self-neglect. Signs of abuse can include unexplained bruises, burns or broken bones, lack of basic hygiene, access to adequate food, clean or appropriate clothing, unexplained weight loss, social isolation, changes in banking habits or giving away possessions without reason. Read more
HARRISBURG, June 10 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., during a Capitol ceremony Tuesday said the Pennsylvania Restraint Reduction Initiative – a team of trainers who specialize in fall management and dementia care for at-risk seniors – is a testament to the success that public-private partnerships can find in the long-term care industry. During its 20 th anniversary celebration, team members and legislators remarked on the value of PARRI and its leadership and technical support for over 700 long-term care providers throughout the commonwealth. PARRI’s training team, provided by Kendal’s Outreach in Kennett Square , provides education and consultation to those within care facilities in Pennsylvania to assist them with the implementation of quality care. “As PARRI team members pointed out, Pennsylvania has seen a 97.6 percent drop in physical restraint use since the project’s inception,” DeLissio said. “That’s an incredible record and means that seniors’ quality of life in Pennsylvania is on the rise. PARRI and its trained network of providers might not be something you think of first when it comes to senior care, but it represents an incredibly delicate intersection among safety, dignity and comfort for vulnerable senior Pennsylvanians. “ Having a background in long-term care, I know the successful efforts of this program and it is due in part to cooperation, Read more
PHILADELPHIA, June 3 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio’s 57th Town Hall, which was scheduled for June 17, has been cancelled and will be rescheduled to a date yet to be determined. For budget updates, go to www.pahouse.com/DeLissio and follow DeLissio on Facebook and Twitter. Stay tuned for further notification for her next Town Hall. Read more
HARRISBURG, May 26 -- State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., has been appointed to serve on the Pennsylvania Long-Term Care Council within the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. The Pennsylvania Long-Term Care Council was established by Act 64 of 2015 to replace the Intra-Governmental Council of Long-Term Care, created in 1988. This Long-Term Care Council will broaden the previous scope and address topics ranging from facility based care to home and community-based services. "I am pleased to play a role on this new council," DeLissio said. "Our state ranks fourth in the country with the percentage of citizens 65 or older and citizens 85 or older are the most rapidly growing segment of seniors in the commonwealth. Our current system is difficult for consumers and caregivers to navigate and one of my goals as a member of the council will be to ensure that the continuum of housing and services is as seamless as possible." The council will consist of 35 members, and focus on six different areas of concentration: regulatory review and access to quality care; community access and public education; long-term care service models and delivery; work force; housing; and behavioral health issues of seniors 60 or older. When the law was under consideration in the House last year, DeLissio amended it to ensure consumers and caregivers were adequately represented on the council so the state could benefit from their first-hand Read more
HARRISBURG, May 23 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., said the House Education Committee today approved legislation to help military members and veterans and their spouses who already hold teaching certificates to reinstate their state certification. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, April 21 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will hold her next town hall at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12 in Cathedral Village’s Cathedral Hall Auditorium, 600 E. Cathedral Road. She will be joined by Pennsylvania Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne to discuss programs and services the state provides, and policy being developed and reviewed to enhance the lives of our older citizens. “If you could benefit from learning more about programs and issues pertaining to older adults, you want to attend this opportunity to hear from Secretary Osborne,” DeLissio said. “Issues affecting older adults, in particular the age group of 75 and over, are an important topic to me given my extensive background in long-term care, and I’m looking forward to this discussion. “As a five-year member of the Aging and Older Adult Services Committee, I am aware that navigating the system is not always consumer friendly and that many of our programs and services operate in silos. It has always been my goal to ensure that the continuum of services is as seamless as possible and easier to navigate.” Topics to be discussed include: elder abuse and the Older Adult Protective Services Act, affordable prescription medications under Pennsylvania's PACE/PACENET Program, and the need for home- and community-based services, in addition to facility-based services and innovative ideas such as the Read more
HARRISBURG, April 15 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., issued the following statement regarding her vote Wednesday in favor of legislation that would legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania: “Our vote this week would allow medical cannabis to be used by patients who have had limited to no success with standard medications. Over the past year, many hearings were held to ensure that both the House Health and Judiciary committees were as well-informed as possible regarding the merits of this legislation. “The hearings provided an opportunity to listen to poignant and powerful stories, including those from mothers of children with a form of seizures that are not sufficiently controlled with medications that are currently available, and who often experience severe side effects from these medications. Passage of this bill will provide an opportunity for many citizens to try an alternative course of treatment for chronic conditions such as seizure disorders. “Discussion of Senate Bill 3 was the focus of one of my town halls in May 2015 and a straw vote during that meeting found that the overwhelming majority of attendees were in favor of this bill. Interestingly, it was the information presented at the meeting that helped some constituents understand the facts of the matter differently, and more than a few became supporters by the end of the presentation.” Senate Bill 3, which was twice put through each chamber Read more
HARRISBURG, April 15 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed a bill this week reforming the statute of limitations regarding child sexual abuse cases, state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio announced. The bill would abolish the criminal statute of limitations for future criminal prosecutions for serious child sexual abuse crimes relating to human trafficking, sexual servitude, rape, statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, institutional sexual assault, aggravated indecent sexual assault and incest. The bill also would waive sovereign immunity for state and local public institutions in cases of gross negligence, which would allow civil cases to be filed against them. "This is a bill of historical proportion for survivors of sexual abuse, in particular those who became victims in their childhood,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. "Through the efforts of many advocates over more than a decade, the Pennsylvania House came to recognize that predators were not being identified in a timely manner and therefore not indicted or convicted for their crimes. The most recent grand jury report of the cover-ups that occurred as recently as three years ago in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown was the final straw for many of my colleagues.” It also would increase the length of time, from age 30 to age 50, for when child sexual abuse victims could file civil claims. As amended by the House on Monday, this Read more
PHILADELPHIA, April 8 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., on Monday in the House Health Committee voted against House Bill 1948, one of the most restrictive abortion bills in the United States. She said that regardless of where Pennsylvanians stand on the issue of abortion, they should be very concerned about the speed at which the bill, which would ban abortions past 20 weeks in Pennsylvania, moved through committee. "The language was only first made publically available Friday afternoon, and then it was voted out of an advertised ‘call of the chair’ Health Committee meeting held on Monday afternoon," she said. "Democratic committee members did not even know the bill would be on the agenda until last Thursday." "Call of the chair" meetings, which include verbiage that allow for any additional business to be brought before the committee without first identifying specifics, are another poor, non-transparent process that DeLissio has spoken out against repeatedly. House Bill 1948 received second consideration by the full House on Wednesday and is expected to be brought up for a third and final House vote Monday. "The bill has almost 100 co-sponsors from both parties, and I believe that my colleagues now recognize that the process that got us to this point was ‘bad form,’ and the debate now includes how to respond to this poor process," DeLissio said. The bill does not Read more
HARRISBURG, April 7 – Concerned about the influence that special interests and advocacy groups have on elections, state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., plans to introduce a bill that would require disclosure of expenditures for political communications. "Everyone has the right to make their voices heard, but with the proliferation of political and issue advertising in the wake of the Citizens United decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, it's difficult to know who is behind the advertising," DeLissio said. "My legislation would not restrict those voices, but help level the playing field by improving transparency and accountability regarding the money spent to influence elections." DeLissio’s bill would require individuals, advocacy groups and special interests engaging in organized political communication to register with the Department of State and file regular disclosure reports. "This would be similar to the reports that candidates and political parties are already required to file during election cycles. The reports would list the names of people and entities that contribute to the sponsors of the advertising," she said. Under the bill, any advertisement or message that refers to a candidate or elected official would be considered "political communication," and if the message or advertisement was made within 60 days of an election, it automatically would be considered political communication, Read more
PHILADELPHIA, March 24 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will host her 55th town hall Thursday, April 14 with Pennsylvania Secretary of Labor and Industry Kathy Manderino. The town hall is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14 in the Philadelphia University Tuttleman Auditorium, 4201 Henry Ave., 19144. “Everyone who has an interest in discussing programs about career services and job training, vocational rehabilitation services, unemployment and worker’s compensation is encouraged to attend,” DeLissio said. “Secretary Manderino will be discussing the goals and activities of her agency.” An update on the state budget will also be given. For several months, DeLissio is featuring members of Gov. Tom Wolf’s cabinet at her monthly town halls to better inform constituents about how the commonwealth agencies work. Her May 12 town hall is scheduled to include Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne. Last month, Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera joined her to discuss the importance of education funding. Read more
HARRISBURG, March 18 – In her role as a reform minded legislator, state Rep. Pam DeLissio, D- Montgomery/Phila., said she is supporting a plan to keep the state’s redistricting map free of politics. DeLissio is supporting the HB1835 which is a companion to SB484 that would provide a fair and balanced approach on how the state’s legislative maps are created. At a news conference held Wednesday, March 16 th , DeLissio spoke on the need for traction for this piece of important legislation. “I have been a proponent of redistricting reform and the topic has been featured at all 54 of my town hall discussions since taking office,” DeLissio said. ‘I endeavor to help my constituents understand how redistricting affects the legislative process.’ This redistricting reform strives to be a game changer in the political process of representation. By establishing non-political legislative districts which are competitive and fair, the result will be a more balanced government versus our current situation which has produced polarizing gridlock in Harrisburg and Washington. The next redistricting will take place in 2021 after the 2020 U.S. Census is completed. An amendment to the state constitution is required to effect this much needed change. Read more
State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio is holding two free shredding events in April for constituents to safely dispose of confidential, unwanted documents.
The events are:
• 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 9 at the Roxborough Municipal Lot, at 514 Dupont St. Philadelphia.
• 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 16 at the Old “Anne Sez” parking lot next to Staples, 925 Montgomery Ave., Narberth.
Pa. state Rep. Pamela DeLissio joined members of the House and Senate in calling for redistricting reforms now, allowing time to enact the potential changes before the next redistricting process in 2020. Read more
HARRISBURG, March 15 – Members of PA SAFE, a group of state lawmakers and firearm-safety advocates, held a news conference today announcing their mission and outlining legislation they support to help protect Pennsylvanians from the increasing threat of gun violence. Members of PA SAFE said that they are committed to reducing all types of violence in society through adequate funding for mental health services, best use of new and existing law-enforcement tools, resources to curb effects of addiction and illegal drugs, and solutions that reduce gun violence and promote public safety. “Pennsylvanians overwhelmingly support sensible, commonsense gun-safety legislation,” said PA SAFE Chairwoman and state Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Montgomery . “The members of PA SAFE know this, and in no way are we proposing measures that infringe on the rights of lawful gun owners. We simply want to protect our constituents, and if our measures can save even just one person, I feel that we have a duty to make it law.” According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2013, deaths related to firearms amounted to over 33,000 in the United States, constituting 1.3 percent of all deaths in the country, with more than 21,000 of them suicides. Nearly 3,000 children die each year from gunshots, and some 15,000 children are injured by firearms. "The majority of Pennsylvanians – including a majority of gun owners – do not want our Read more
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