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
HARRISBURG, March 3 – State Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich, D-Lackawanna, along with state Rep. Joseph Hackett, R-Delaware, will host a news conference to discuss their legislation that would require Pennsylvania educational institutions to conduct emergency lockdown drills.
"Today's budget address by Governor Tom Wolf is a bold proposal that addresses what the middle-class families of Northeastern Pennsylvania are concerned about, including a 13 percent overall cut in taxes to the average homeowner, a 50 percent cut in property taxes and giving our schools the funding our kids need to prepare for a life of success. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 27 – In response to reports of a potential strike at Riverside School and ongoing contract negotiations at the Old Forge School District, state Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich, D-Lackawanna, released the following statement urging administrators and educators to come to an agreement for the benefit of students across the region: Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich, D-Lackawanna, was sworn into office today for his third term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Today’s ceremony marks the beginning of the 2015-16 legislative session, the 199th of the Pennsylvania General Assembly."I am looking forward to my third term representing the 114th Legislative District," Kavulich said. "While the district boundaries have changed, my dedication and drive to improve Northeastern Pennsylvania has not and I remain committed to working with constituents on the issues that are most important to them. I look forward to tackling the tough issues facing the commonwealth including transportation, funding of social programs and education."Kavulich said he will work to improve school safety by introducing legislation that would require schools to practice lockdown drills. To address school districts’ rising costs, Kavulich also plans to examine health care plans for teachers across the commonwealth.Residents are encouraged to contact Kavulich’s Taylor office located at 802 S. Main St. at 570-562-2350 or the Carbondale office located at 16 Salem Ave. at 570-282-1335 for free assistance with state-related issues.Kavulich urges constituents to connect with him via Facebook, Twitter and his legislative website, www.pahouse.com/Kavulich for regular updates on state programs and services. 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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