HARRISBURG, May 24 – Seeking to raise awareness and become the faces of hunger, state Reps. Jake Wheatley and Ed Gainey, both D-Allegheny, plan to go without anything to eat or drink from sunrise until sunset for the entire month of June – and are issuing the same Hunger Challenge to their House and Senate colleagues. Wheatley and Gainey also plan to log the approximate cost of the daily sustenance they forego, then donate that amount to hunger relief organizations in their respective 19 th and 24 th legislative districts. “This sacrifice will allow us to experience some of the pains felt by those in our communities – and there are more of them than you think – who struggle with food insecurity,” Wheatley said. “Representative Gainey and I have decided to lend not just words, but our actions to bring attention to this problem.” Gainey said that in addition to being a great cause, issuing and participating in the legislative Hunger Challenge during the month of June coincides with the tough decision-making that accompanies shaping the state budget due June 30. “For those who think that we in Harrisburg too often make decisions that have little bearing on ourselves, this challenge presents an opportunity to show that we, as elected officials, are willing to personally experience and gain understanding of a problem,” Gainey said. “If your belly’s always full, you’ll never really understand Read more
Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey spoke to a group of advocates gathered in the State Capitol for Sickle Cell Advocacy Day. Gainey encouraged them to speak to as many legislators as possible and to advocate with anyone who will listen for restored funding in the state budget for Sickle Cell resources. Read more
Pa. state Reps. Jake Wheatley, Ed Gainey, Stephen Kinsey, Patty Kim and others celebrated April as National Jazz Month in Pennsylvania. With the help of musician Calvin Stemley, they recognized the treasured American art form's contributions to PA and the world. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey joined marijuana law reform supporters in Harrisburg for a rally about decriminalizing marijuana. Gainey has introduced legislation that would make possession of small amounts of marijuana a summary offense with a maximum fine of $100. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey welcomes the Pittsburgh Public Schools All-City High School Choir to Harrisburg for a performance in the Capitol Rotunda on March 31, 2017.
Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey talks with the Secretary of Education about the success of the consolidation within the Wilkinsburg schools and Pittsburgh Public School system, putting the schools on a better financial footing. Also, they discuss the building of a strong curriculum for technical education. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey takes with the Pa. Secretary of Education about guiding high school curriculum for technical and occupational education for CTEs and higher education institutions to better prepare our students to compete in a global economy. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey recognizes the players and coaches of the Westinghouse Academy football team on the house floor during session on February 7, 2017. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey discusses a Peace and Justice Initiative report released by the Pittsburgh Black Elected Officials Coalition to examine the quality of life, education, and employment of the city's African-American residents. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey calls on his colleagues and all Pennsylvanians to heed The Dream of the Rev. Dr, Martin Luther King, Jr. to treat all with respect and move humanity forward.
Pennsylvanians shopping for health insurance have a new tool available to help explore their healthcare options. The Pennsylvania Checkbook website allows consumers to compare plans available on and off the federal health insurance marketplace. The site allows consumers to compare plans available to them based on the following factors: Estimate of average monthly and yearly total cost, based on an actuarial estimate of premium and out-of-pocket costs for a consumer with the same family size, ages, health status, and other characteristics, which also factors in the potential for subsidies to help pay costs. Seventy-eight percent of Pennsylvanians shopping on the marketplace in 2016 received subsidies; Cost of plan in a high-use year , which estimates out-of-pocket costs if the consumer needs to make frequent use of the plan and the likelihood of that occurring based on health status and other characteristics disclosed; Overall quality of plan, based on feedback from plan members. Consumers can personalize this rating to adjust weights of certain categories such as quality of doctors, ability to access care, and customer service; Doctor availability , which allows consumers to enter the names of their physicians to see which are in-network for each plan; Formulary availability , which allows consumers to enter prescription drugs that they take to check if they are covered in a plan's formulary. The site features information for plans available through Read more
PITTSBURGH, Nov. 23 – State Rep. Ed Gainey said a Homewood redevelopment project today was approved for a $1 million state grant by Gov. Tom Wolf. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey joined Gov. Wolf, legislators and advocates in signing several bills that will help to battle Pennsylvania's growing opioid and heroin epidemic. Read more
HARRISBURG, Oct. 26 – Patients concerned about the addictive effects of opioids could sign a voluntary nonopioid directive to deny their administration, under legislation amended and passed by the House, according to state Rep. Ed Gainey. Read more
HARRISBURG, Oct. 14 – State Rep. Ed Gainey said a $2.5 million grant released today by Gov. Tom Wolf will enhance the Bakery Square development and further connect it with the surrounding community. Read more
HARRISBURG, Oct. 14 – More than $3 million in grant funds from the state’s Multimodal Transportation Fund will be used to support two local projects focused on improving communities and providing recreational opportunities for residents, state Sen. Jay Costa, D-Allegheny, and state Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, announced. Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 28 – State Rep. Ed Gainey, co-chairman of the bipartisan, legislative Pennsylvania Heroin, Opioid Prevention and Education Caucus (PA-HOPE), issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s address to a joint session of the General Assembly. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey joined colleagues from the legislative PA HOPE Caucus, Gov. Tom Wolf, Lt. Gov. Mike Stack, administration officials, advocates and families for a “Day of HOPE” rally at the state Capitol Rotunda calling for funding, support and educational efforts to combat Pennsylvania’s growing opioid epidemic. Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 20 – Calling for funding, support and educational efforts to combat Pennsylvania’s growing opioid epidemic, state Rep. Ed Gainey today joined his colleagues from the legislative PA HOPE Caucus, Gov. Tom Wolf, Lt. Gov. Mike Stack, administration officials, advocates and families for a “Day of HOPE” rally in the state Capitol Rotunda. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey hosted his Fourth Annual Senior Fair to help senior citizens and their families find the resources and information they need to live a safe and healthy life. Read more
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