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
Kim’s bill, H.B. 250, would increase the minimum wage from the current $7.25 per hour to $9 per hour after 60 days and then to $10.10 per hour a year later. It also includes an annual cost-of-living adjustment beginning January 1, 2016. Read more
HARRISBURG, March 30 – State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, today announced she will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on her bill to increase the state’s minimum wage at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 2 at Goodwin Memorial Baptist Church, 2447 Green St. Kim requested the hearing and will serve as co-chairman along with HDPC Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Kim said the hearing will focus on her bill, H.B. 250 , which will increase the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour. The current hearing agenda is: 2 p.m. – Welcome and Opening Remarks. 2:10 p.m. – Mark Price , labor economist, Keystone Research Center. 2:30 p.m. – Panel One Alissa Barron-Menza , vice president, Business For A Fair Minimum Wage. Richard Infante , owner of “Hungry? We Deliver” and member of the Small Business Majority. 3 p.m. – Panel Two Angela Owens , homecare worker and member of SEIU Healthcare. Anita Mentzer , director, Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network. 3:30 p.m. -- Closing Remarks Media coverage is invited. ### Read more
HARRISBURG, March 12 – State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, D-Phila., chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus announced the PLBC will sponsor a Know Your Rights Symposium from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 31 at the Hamilton Health Center, 110 S. 17th St., Harrisburg. State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, a PLBC member who represents Harrisburg, is expected to join Brown at the event. "We have all heard the horror stories about violence occurring between police and members of various communities," Brown said. "The goal of this event is to inform citizens what their rights are and how to interact with police officers so that we don't have those incidents in Pennsylvania." The symposium will bring together representatives from the law enforcement community, including representatives from the Dauphin County District Attorney's office, and members of the legal/criminal defense field, including staff from the Dauphin County Public Defender's office. "The symposium participants will discuss what rights citizens have, how law enforcement interprets those rights and how both sides can work toward a positive interaction," Brown said. "The discussion will be highlighted with some role-playing activities to help those in attendance understand both their rights and their responsibilities when dealing with police officers." Light refreshments will be provided during the symposium. ### Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 9 – State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, announced she is reintroducing her legislation to increase the state’s minimum wage, which would help struggling families pay their bills and reduce their reliance on government assistance programs. “According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 14 percent of Pennsylvanians are living in poverty,” Kim said. “Now is the time to start making Pennsylvania’s working families our top priority by increasing their wages.” Kim announced the reintroduction of the legislation, H.B.250, during a daylong event advocating for a minimum-wage increase hosted by the Raise the Wage Coalition, a statewide alliance of worker, religious, community, women’s and labor groups. Kim’s bill would increase the minimum wage from the current $7.25 per hour to $9 per hour and then to $10.10 per hour a year later. Increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would boost the earnings of a full-time worker by more than $5,900 to $21,008. For a single mother with two children who works 40 hours per week, this would get her family above the poverty line, which is $19,790 for a household of three. Currently, someone earning minimum wage who works 40 hours per week only makes $15,080, which is more than $4,700 below the poverty line, requiring many people to use government assistance programs just to get by. House Bill 250 also includes an annual cost-of-living Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, today took the oath of office for her second term as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives serving the 103rd Legislative District, which includes Harrisburg, Steelton, Highspire, Paxtang and parts of Swatara Township. "I am passionate about public service and eager to make government responsive to my constituents," Kim said. "I will continue to be accessible and available to my residents and fight for what’s best in their interest."During her first term in the legislature, Kim introduced a number of important pieces of legislation, including a bill to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour. She said she will continue to lead the charge for a livable wage in the new session.Kim's constituent service office is located at 8 S. Front St., Steelton, and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The telephone number is 717-986-1673. Her Capitol office is Room G-01 Irvis Building, Harrisburg; open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; phone 717-783-9342.She can be contacted via e-mail at RepKim@pahouse.net and her website is www.pahouse.com/Kim. She also provides updates online at www.facebook.com/RepPattyKim and www.twitter.com/RepPattyKim.### 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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