PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 1 – State Reps. Leanne Krueger-Braneky and Kevin Boyle today unveiled a plan to protect access to birth control under health insurance coverages in Pennsylvania. The legislation, proposed by Krueger-Braneky, Boyle and Rep. Tina Davis, would require that all state-regulated insurance plans in Pennsylvania cover contraceptives and vasectomies. It would further require that plans provide coverage for any prescription or non-prescription method of birth controlled approved by the FDA. It also would: Eliminate most co-payments for birth control and vasectomies Enable women to receive 12 months of birth control at one time Lift pre-authorizations on intrauterine devices (IUDs) On Oct. 6, the Trump administration announced it would roll back the contraceptive coverage requirements within the ACA. The rollback allows any employer to opt-out of providing contraceptive coverage in its health plan based on religious beliefs or moral convictions. At least 2.5 million women in Pennsylvania depend on this coverage to access affordable, effective contraceptives. “Contraception is health care, and access to health care is a fundamental human right that is inextricably tied to economic mobility and freedom,” said Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware . “By making basic preventive care like the pill a costly luxury, the Trump administration is sidelining girls and women – whether they are students, hourly wage workers, Read more
HARRISBURG, Oct. 24 – Joined by Democrats and Republicans from the Senate and House, state Reps. Kevin J. Boyle, D-Phila., and Tom Murt, R-Montgomery/Phila., called upon the General Assembly during a Capitol news conference to pass legislation to strengthen the hate crimes law in Pennsylvania. House Bill 505, co-sponsored by Boyle and Murt, would amend current state law to expand the offense of ethnic intimidation to include malicious intention against the actual or perceived ancestry, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity of another person or a group of people. Senators Lawrence Farnese and Anthony Williams also have legislation ( S.B. 96 ) regarding hate crimes. Boyle said under H.B. 505, a crime motivated by hatred toward these protected classes would be graded one degree higher than already specified in law. “Pennsylvania’s lack of protections against hate crimes for LGBT communities and persons with disabilities is a national embarrassment. We remain the only state in the Northeast to not enshrine protections against hate crimes for these groups into law,” Boyle said. “I have introduced this bill for two consecutive sessions to add these protections but it has never been brought to a vote. Our legislature is failing its duty to protect the citizens of this commonwealth, and ignoring the constitutional rights of the physically and intellectually disabled, and the LGBT communities.” Boyle Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 15 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, is hosting a Senior Fair for older Pennsylvanians to obtain their SEPTA Key photo ID cards from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22 at Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Ave., Philadelphia. “With this event I want to make sure our citizens take advantage of the SEPTA Key and many other state programs and benefits,” Boyle said. “Most of our seniors rely on SEPTA for transportation throughout the city and some of them don’t know that if they’re 65 or older, they can use SEPTA service free. All they need to do is bring a state-issued Photo ID and we’ll do the rest.” Boyle said local and state organizations and exhibitors will provide health resources and other information on credit and debt education, legal and social services for older residents. Boyle and his staff will be available to discuss how his office can help seniors access programs like the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program and prescription assistance through PACE and PACENET. Residents with questions or who need more information about the event are encouraged to call Boyle’s office at 215-695-1016. Read more
HARRISBURG, July 27 – As Pennsylvania deals with yet another frustrating budget impasse, state Rep. Kevin Boyle is looking forward, seeking ways to prevent the commonwealth from finding itself in a similar situation in the very near future. Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, plans on re-introducing a proposed amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution, requiring the General Assembly to stay in session until a state budget is adopted by both the Senate and the House of Representatives as well as signed into law by the governor. “As legislators, we owe it to our constituents to conduct the people's business without needless delays and to concentrate on passing a responsible, complete, and balanced budget for the benefit of all Pennsylvanians,” Boyle said. For this legislation to be added to the state Constitution, the bill would have to be voted and passed in two consecutive legislative sessions and then go to Pennsylvania voters in the form of a ballot question. “We are only one year removed from the historical 2015-2016 budget stalemate that lasted nearly nine months from July 2015 to March 2016,” Boyle said. “It appears the General Assembly hasn’t learned its lesson.” Boyle said it’s been three weeks since the start of the fiscal year and Republican House Speaker Mike Turzai has continued pushing for irresponsible funding schemes, which, in turn, has prevented the rest of the representatives from formulating a Read more
PHILADELPHIA, July 18 – Members of the Philadelphia Delegation in the state House of Representatives today urged Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, to call the House back to Harrisburg to wrap up the 2017-18 state budget. "The main spending bill was passed on June 30, on a bipartisan basis, and it became law on July 10. So now we have to pay for that budget. And we need recurring, sustainable revenue to do it. Another year of mostly using gimmicks, what I refer to as 'smoke and mirrors,' will put us at risk of more credit downgrades, which just cost Pennsylvania taxpayers more. Unfortunately, Republican leaders shut down the House without finishing the job," said delegation chair Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware. Legislators outlined three major solutions to Pennsylvania's revenue gap that should receive votes in the full House: A severance tax on natural gas drilling companies: "Pennsylvania has already given away more than $2 billion in potential revenue by writing the natural gas law to favor the industry and shortchanging Pennsylvania residents. We simply want a severance tax comparable to the one every other natural gas-producing state in the nation have already put in place," said Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila. Closing corporate tax loopholes: "Without closing the so-called Delaware loophole here in Pennsylvania, we lose hundreds of millions in revenues each year by allowing large corporations to avoid state Read more
PHILADELPHIA, July 6 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle announced that he will host breast cancer screenings at his Fox Chase office in late July. Boyle will partner with the Fox Chase Cancer Center to host his annual mobile mammography event outside of his district office at 9 a.m. Friday, July 21 at 7801 Hasbrook Ave. in Fox Chase. Those interested in receiving a breast screening are required to make an appointment. Appointments are available starting at 9 a.m. “I am pleased to partner with the Fox Chase Cancer Center to host my annual mobile mammography event,” Boyle said. “It is important that we make these services accessible to those who need them the most. These services are more important now than ever and are under attack if President Trump’s healthcare plan passes Congress. Under 'Trumpcare,' the costs for breast cancer screenings would drastically rise. One in eight American women are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime. This places them in serious jeopardy.” Additional requirements include: Must be 40 or older. Name and address of one of your doctors. Prescription from your doctor. May not be breast feeding nor have breast fed within the last nine months. Must not have had a breast cancer diagnosis within the past three years. Must not be under treatment for breast cancer. Must not have had a mammogram in 12 months. Must be able to board the van and stand while being examined. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, May 5 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila., is hosting a free shredding event for the community to destroy unwanted confidential documents from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 20, in front of his district office at 7801 Hasbrook Ave. The event will allow people to protect themselves from identity theft by disposing of unwanted documents that contain personal information, such as Social Security numbers, credit card numbers and bank account numbers. Residents may bring up to four plastic shopping bags of documents to shred. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, May 5 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila., will host a senior lunch and expo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 18 at the Fox Chase Recreation Center, 7901 Ridgeway St., 19111. Parking will be available at the Fox Chase Elementary School, the entrance is on Rhawn Street. Boyle said there will be entertainment, giveaways, an opportunity for seniors to get a SEPTA Key Card and information about state and local programs that may benefit them. Seniors looking to attend must RSVP by calling Boyle’s district office at (215) 695-1016. Read more
HARRISBURG, March 22 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, is calling attention to the value of the Meals on Wheels program in Pennsylvania as the program faces proposed cuts in President Donald Trump's budget. The state House today adopted Boyle's H.R. 175 , designating March 22, 2017 as March for Meals Day in Pennsylvania. March for Meals is the annual campaign the Meals on Wheels Association of America sponsors to raise awareness of senior hunger. "Research indicates that 10.2 million seniors across the country, and nearly 320,000 seniors here in Pennsylvania, face the threat of hunger," Boyle said. "Now, more than ever, we must remind ourselves of the importance of Meals on Wheels, which could be headed for the budget chopping block in Washington, D.C. The Trump administration in defending cuts to the program made claims that Meals on Wheels is 'just not showing any results' and the program 'sounds great…but doesn’t work.'" "But the truth is – Meals on Wheels has shown some great results here in Pennsylvania, and across the country. In fact, according to a 2014 study conducted by the University of Illinois, programs like Meals on Wheels improve the quality of life for seniors. "According to the study, Meals on Wheels is showing results by offering an effective and vital nutritional and health program for seniors. And Meals on Wheels is showing results by helping to offset Read more
Pa. state Rep. Kevin Boyle questions Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne on the savings Pennsylvania has seen from Affordable Care Act. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, today was sworn into office for his fourth term as representative for the 172nd Legislative District during a ceremony in the Capitol. “As a lifelong resident of Philadelphia, it is truly an honor to continue serving the people of the city in the Pennsylvania General Assembly,” Boyle said. “As a new year and a new session is upon us, I am ready to get back to work fighting to make this state a better place for every man, woman and child in the commonwealth.” Read more
PHILADELPHIA, July 19 – The House Democratic Policy Committee today heard from SEPTA and other interested parties about defective SEPTA train cars and affected services, at a hearing convened at the request of state Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery. “Since SEPTA’s announcement a few weeks ago that it was taking the defective cars out of service, travelers have been affected by modified schedules and crowded trains,” Boyle said. “I called this meeting to determine SEPTA’s long-term plan to improve this situation. I am hopeful that their plans will reduce delays and inconvenience for local transit riders.” At the hearing, SEPTA General Manager Jeffrey Knueppel gave a presentation explaining the current situation and outlining the agency’s latest plans. He said the agency has expanded service, including an extended rush hour, leased four trains to provide additional seating capacity (up to 2,420 seats) and increased parking options. He said they are continuing to work on optimizing railroad schedule operation and developing express bus service to supplement rail service. With regard to the defective train cars, Kneuppel said SEPTA is working on two replacement options for the broken train cars. He expects service to continue to be impacted through at least August as they work on fixing the problem. Held at CORA Services in Northeast Philadelphia, other participants included: William Shanahan, director of government Read more
HARRISBURG, July 12 – A bill giving emergency vehicle designation to Philadelphia Prison System prisoner transport units sponsored by state Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montco., was signed into law by Governor Wolf on Friday, July 8. "My bill, H.B. 898 , is important because this designation allows prisoner transport units to operate using flashing lights when transferring prisoners," Boyle said. "There is no doubt this will reduce risks associated with prisoner transfers." Due to the vast State Road prison complex, prisoners are transported across Northeast Philadelphia every day. All of these transfers can potentially lead to problems if there are traffic issues or one of the prisoner transport units gets into an accident. Boyle explained that prison transports are subject to high-volume traffic, which poses a risk when moving prisoners from location to location. Also, the complex infrastructure of the City of Philadelphia makes it necessary for prisoner transport units to have a clear path to facilities. The bill also allows high ranking fire department officials, such as a fire chief or assistant in chief, to use flashing lights when responding to emergencies in both fire department and privately-owned vehicles. "I am thrilled that this bill is finally a law because it will definitely make Philadelphia’s streets safer," Boyle said. ### Read more
PHILADELPHIA, July 7 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Mont., is hosting two events at his Fox Chase office during the month of July. A Department Service officer from the American Legion will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, July 18th., in Boyle’s district office at 7801 Hasbrook Ave in Fox Chase to assist with Veteran service issues . The service officer is able to answer questions and offer assistance in completing paperwork for Veterans’ services. Appointments are available and walk-ins are accepted. Rep. Boyle will also be partnering with the Fox Chase Cancer Center to host his annual mobile mammography event outside of his district office at 7801 Hasbrook Ave in Fox Chase. Women interested in receiving a breast screening are required to make an appointment . Appointments are available starting at 9 a.m. Additional requirements include: Must be 40 or older. Name and address of one of your doctors. Prescription from your doctor. May not be breast feeding nor have breast fed within the last nine months. Must not have had a breast cancer diagnosis within the past three years. Must not be under treatment for breast cancer. Must not have had a mammogram in 12 months. Must be able to board the van and stand while being examined. For more information on either event, please call his district office at 215-695-1016. ### CONTACT: Amanda Zellner Phone: 215-331-2600 Email: email@example.com Read more
PHILADELPHIA, April 21 -- State Reps. Mike Driscoll, Ed Neilson, Jason Dawkins and Kevin Boyle announced today that four ambulance companies in Northeast Philadelphia are sharing nearly $29,000 in state grants.
"First responders are essential to public safety, and these grants provide them with resources so they can remain more focused on saving lives than on raising funds," Driscoll said. "These men and women make a tremendous sacrifice, and I applaud their service to our communities."
The grants are from Pennsylvania's Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program and were awarded in February. In all, 2,538 grants were awarded statewide. The grants are partly funded from gaming revenue.
"Northeast Philadelphia relies on these ambulance companies and their volunteers to be there for us when every second counts," Neilson said. "These grants will help them continue to provide this invaluable services to our community."
Grant recipients and amounts awarded in Northeast Philadelphia are as follows:
• Northeast First Aid Corps – $7,202
• Burholme First Aid Corps Inc. – $7,202
• Rhawnhurst Bustleton Ambulance Association Inc. – $7,202
• Wissinoming Volunteer First Aid Corps – $7,202
"Serving on the front lines whenever there is a fire, accident or other calamity, these essential service providers are among the most worthy recipients of state aid," Dawkins said. "These funds will allow them to continue their mission of providing life-saving services for our Read more
Pa. state Rep. Kevin Boyle celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising in Ireland with a unanimously approved House Resolution. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, April 7 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, joined with state Rep. Nick Micarelli, R-Delaware, to sponsor two pieces of legislation to ensure that Pennsylvania is using its economic power to support Israel. Boyle said the bills would specifically prohibit the state from investing pensions or contracts with companies that engage in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The BDS movement is a global campaign designed to weaken the Israeli economy in an attempt to punish the government of the state of Israel for policy decisions it has made. “It is vital that the government of Pennsylvania does its part to support an important US ally, Israel,” Boyle said. “Protecting Israel has been a principle of our foreign policy. Consequently, economic actions such as boycotts and divestment should not be tolerated.” The first bill would prohibit commonwealth agencies from entering into contracts with persons who engage in boycotts against or divestment from Israel. Under this legislation, the Department of General Services would compile a list of firms and persons with stated BDS policies. The list would be updated every 180 days. DGS would also have to certify that an individual’s name does not appear on the list before a contract is signed. The second bill would require the State Treasurer, the State Employees’ Retirement System and Public School Employees’ Retirement System to divest from Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 19 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, will host two special forums to help area residents with filling out forms and services offered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The forums will be held on Thursday, March 3 and Wednesday, March 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Avenue. Boyle’s office will assist residents with forms and application such as: the 2015 property tax rental rebate, LlHEAP (Low Income Heating Assistance Program), PACE applications, medical assistance applications, SNAP applications, reduced senior vehicle registration, handicapped placards, PENNDOT issues, birth and death certificates, and unclaimed property applications. In addition, they can provide information on living wills, how to obtain a free credit report, senior directories, and 2015 PA tax booklets and tax forms. The public is asked to make an appointment in advance by calling his district office at 215-331-2600 in order to attend. Those responding prior to February 24th will be invited to join Klein center members for lunch. ### Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 21 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, responded to Friday’s guilty verdict for Kathryn Knott by reiterating the need for prosecutors in Pennsylvania to be able to charge attacks based on sexual orientation as hate crimes. “While Kathryn Knott was found guilty of assault and reckless endangerment, this attack was clearly a hate crime against a gay couple and it should have been treated as such,” Boyle said. Knott was part of a group of friends who encountered a same-sex couple in Center City Philadelphia on Sept. 11, 2014. News reports state that the group of friends asked the men if they were “boyfriends,” taunted them, and then physically attacked them. One of the victims was hospitalized with facial injuries that included a broken jaw from the attack. Two of the other attackers, Philip Williams and Kevin Harrigan, pled guilty earlier this year and accepted a plea deal while Knott decided to go to trial. Boyle introduced H.B. 218 , which would amend the state’s hate crimes law to include sexual orientation. A crime motivated by hatred toward these protected classes would be graded one degree higher than already specified in law. “Many believe, and I agree, that the horrible attack perpetrated by Knott and her friends was a hate crime,” Boyle said. “Unfortunately, the current law did not give Philadelphia’s district attorney the opportunity to charge these attackers Read more
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
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