HARRISBURG, March 29 – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, applauded UPMC's announcement that it will increase the minimum starting wages for entry-level jobs at most Pittsburgh facilities to $15 an hour by January 2021. "As one of western Pennsylvania's largest employers, UPMC is showing leadership on this issue. This is the direction we should be moving as a state. The minimum wage in Pennsylvania has been stuck at $7.25 an hour since 2009, while all of our neighboring states have raised theirs ," Frankel said. "I continue to work to raise the minimum wage statewide. People who work full-time shouldn't struggle to afford rent, groceries and utilities, and raising the wage would generate much-needed revenue at a time when the state has a budget deficit. "Governor Tom Wolf recently signed an executive order increasing the wage to $10.15 for about 450 low-wage state workers, but the legislature still needs to act -- we should be striving toward one fair minimum wage for ALL employees." ### Read more
House Democratic Caucus Chairman Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, today welcomed House passage of a medical marijuana bill.
"As a longtime supporter of the medical marijuana option, I am pleased the House has finally passed this vital legislation to give the hope of better health to many, including numerous suffering children. I hope the Senate will soon concur so Governor Tom Wolf can sign this bill into law. For so many Pennsylvanians with cancer, HIV/AIDS, epilepsy, post-traumatic stress disorder or other qualifying conditions, the legislature can and should leave this decision up to patients and their doctors," Frankel said.
Pa. state Rep. Dan Frankel joined members of PA SAFE, a group of state lawmakers and firearm-safety advocates, to announce their mission and outline legislation they support to help protect Pennsylvanians from the increasing threat of gun violence. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Dan Frankel says legislation he helped write has allowed police officers to reverse more than 600 opioid overdoses in just over a year. Frankel says the decision to allow police officers, first responders and family members of addicts to carry the life-saving medication naloxone is helping to crack down on the heroin and opioid epidemic ravaging the state, including Allegheny County. 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
The co-chairs of the Pennsylvania SAFE Caucus are calling for the National Rifle Association to remove Ted Nugent from its board following Nugent's anti-Semitic rant against gun safety actions and advocates.
State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, said: "Nugent called 12 prominent Jewish American supporters of commonsense gun reforms 'Nazis' and used an image showing an Israeli flag on all 12 of their photos. His hateful actions are outrageous and no decent organization would keep Nugent on its board after that, especially not after he doubled down after the initial post."
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
Pa. state Rep. Dan Frankel says it's time for lawmakers to put people before politics and take Pennsylvania down a path where schools are funded, those in need get help and our homeowners don't face higher property taxes every year. Read more
Leaders of the legislature's bipartisan Women's Health Caucus are welcoming a recent legislative study that recommends ways to avoid or reduce so-called "cliff effect" obstacles that hamper efforts by low-income families to become self-sufficient.
State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, House Democratic co-chairman of the caucus, said: "I think we should all be able to agree on removing barriers from the way of people who are working to leave the safety net and become self-sufficient. I welcome this report and urge action on this legislation this year."
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. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, today welcomed President Barack Obama's announcement of executive actions to reduce gun violence and make communities safer.
"The President recognizes that saving some lives is better than none, and that waiting on the current NRA-dominated Congress would be pointless. Using his existing authority to make commonsense gun reforms within the law is the right thing to do," Frankel said.
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
Pa. state Rep. Dan Frankel speaks out against the sudden cancelation of the vote on the state’s 177-day-overdue budget scheduled for Wednesday and demands the Speaker bring the House back into immediate session so schools, social services and citizens statewide can get vitally needed funding. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Dan Frankel honors his late friend, philanthropist and civic leader Elsie Hillman, who passed away at age 89 earlier in 2015. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Dan Frankel speaks against a sweeping mandatory-minimum sentence amendment that would ruin lives for non-violent offenses. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Dan Frankel joined environmental and healthcare advocates at the announcement of the findings of a report on fracking and its effect on public health. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Dan Frankel explains why the proposed Angel's Law (HB 113) is important for protecting Pa. animals from abuse, especially from repeat offenders. Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 30 – State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, today reintroduced legislation to counter increasing efforts to insert politics into the provider-patient relationship. House Bill 1105 , known as the Patient Trust Act, would prohibit government entities from requiring providers to care for patients in a way that is not considered medically appropriate or forcing providers to tell patients anything that is not medically accurate. The legislation – a primary focus of the General Assembly’s Women’s Health Caucus – is in response to laws passed in several states that force providers to practice medicine in a way that is not in line with basic medical standards. In Pennsylvania, Frankel pointed to the passage of Act 13 of 2012, legislation that many fear will limit the ability of health care providers to discuss the chemicals involved in natural gas fracking with their patients. "Patients trust that their doctor is telling them the truth, the whole truth, and that their health is the doctor’s primary concern. We should protect that trust," said Frankel, who co-chairs the Women's Health Caucus. "Patients shouldn’t worry that they are on the receiving end of a political agenda when they go to the doctor." Last year, the National Partnership for Women and Families detailed a number of problematic intrusions on medical decision-making in its report " Bad Medicine: How a Political Agenda is Read more
Pa. state Rep. Dan Frankel speaks out against a short-term stopgap budget that does nothing more than create another budget crisis for schools and non-profit social service agencies until October and urges the passage of a true compromise budget that delivers long-term, sustainable funding. Read more
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