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
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. XX – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Mont., is hosting a free shredding event for the community to destroy unwanted confidential documents from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, in the parking lot 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, Nov. 9 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, issued the following statement on the budget impasse, which has left state government without a working budget for the new fiscal year that started July 1, 2015: “The budget impasse has now reached more than 130 days, which is impacting many school districts and social services agencies that serve some of our state’s most vulnerable citizens. “I am disappointed that more than four months after the June 30 deadline we still do not have a balanced budget in place to pay for the programs and services that touch the lives of every Pennsylvania citizen. “Until a balanced budget is enacted into law, I refuse to accept my legislative salary because if schools and social service agencies aren’t getting paid than either should legislators.” ### Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 4 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, announced today that his constituent service office at 7801-A Hasbrook Ave. is offering onsite enrollment help for health care insurance coverage. Constituents can sign up for appointments or walk in between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Nov. 4 to Jan. 31. “All residents, regardless of age, income and employment status, should have access to quality health care – and the Affordable Care Act has been working to make this a reality,” Boyle said. “A random accident or unexpected illness not only jeopardizes your health, but also your financial future. Having health insurance is not only a smart health decision, but also makes economic sense.” Those enrolling for the first time should bring the following: All documents (i.e., pay stubs, pension awards, unemployment compensation, etc.) that will help determine expected annual income for 2015; The names, birth dates, Social Security numbers and immigration/naturalization documents for all household members; and Your email address and email password, if applicable. Constituents who are re-enrolling should bring all the documents mentioned above, as well as the following: Any renewal letters received from the Marketplace or their insurance provider; Sign-in information from their Marketplace account, if they have one; and Immigrants should bring their immigration documents (green Read more
HARRISBURG, June 11 – A bill giving emergency vehicle designation to Philadelphia Prison System prisoner transport units sponsored by state Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, passed the House Wednesday. "My bill, H.B. 898 , is important because this designation will allow 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. "I will continue to lead the push for this bill all the way to the governor’s desk to make Philadelphia’s streets safer," Boyle said. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration. ### Read more
HARRISBURG, March 2 – State Representatives Kevin Boyle, D-Mont./Phila., and Nick Miccarelli, R-Delaware, have joined to form the Pennsylvania Future Caucus. Working with the Millennial Action Project (MAP), the Pennsylvania Future Caucus will seek to form a bipartisan coalition of political contemporaries in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives that are dedicated to finding common ground solutions to the problems facing the commonwealth. Miccarelli and Boyle will co-chair the Pennsylvania Future Caucus and hope to recruit their Millennial Generation colleagues to join them in this new caucus. Both lawmakers have cited the need to bridge the political divide and work towards engendering a spirit of teamwork in the Pennsylvania House as a means to end the partisan gridlock that often stalls legislation in the chamber. “Many of our millennial cohorts have expressed their dissatisfaction with the perceived inability of government to address the problems facing Pennsylvania,” said Miccarelli. “What is often mistaken as political apathy among millennials is really an expression of frustration at the lack of progress and results. The Future Caucus will help to open a dialogue amongst younger lawmakers that share a desire for progress rather than platitudes.” “There is a certain lack of trust in government among the younger generations as evidenced by lower voter turnout and involvement,” added Boyle. “By uniting our Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – At a state Capitol ceremony Tuesday, state Rep. Kevin Boyle was sworn in to his third term representing the 172nd Legislative District.The swearing-in ceremony in the House chamber marked the beginning of the 2015-16 legislative session. The state constitution mandates that the legislature convene at noon on the first Tuesday of January."Today I was honored to be sworn in to represent the people of the 172nd Legislative District for the third time," Boyle said. "In the upcoming session, I plan to continue working to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods.”Boyle will serve as the co-vice chairman of Philadelphia County Delegation in the House of Representatives for the new legislative session. The delegation focuses on issues and legislation to improve the lives of Philadelphia citizens.Boyle’s constituent services offices are located at 7801-A Hasbrook Ave., which can be reached at (215) 695-1016, and at 7420 Frankford Ave., which can be reached at (215) 331-2600.Constituents can also visit his website at www.pahouse.com/KBoyle for information on various state-related services and programs.### 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
To register for the Pennsylvania and national do-not-call lists, visit http://www.attorneygeneral.gov/dnc.aspx or call 1-888-777-3406. Registration is free. There is a rolling enrollment; individuals may sign up at any time and the registration is good for five years. After that, you can re-enroll. And, signing up on Pennsylvania's list automatically adds those numbers to the national do-not-call list. Read more
Last year’s bitterly cold winter left many people struggling to pay higher-than-normal home energy bills. As we head toward the coldest months of the year, there are ways you can winterize your home to keep heat in, cold air out, and money in your pocket. Many businesses offer professional home energy audits, but you can perform your own by inspecting areas where heat escapes and cold air leaks in. Read more
While it may be the season for charitable giving, scammers don't take a holiday. The Pennsylvania Department of State offers a simple way to ensure a charity is legitimate and that your donation will be used properly. Read more
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