State Rep. Kevin Haggerty, D-Lackawanna, will host a Senior Fair from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at the Dunmore Senior Center, 1414 Monroe Ave. Read more
Beginning Monday, Oct. 16, state Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, will hold weekly Medicare open enrollment meetings t his office. “Every Monday through Dec. 4, we will have an APPRISE counselor in my district office for people wishing to sign up for Medicare, or those who want to change their plan. This is a time when current Medicare users can choose to re-evaluate part of their Medicare coverage and compare it against other plans on the market,” Schweyer said. The visits will take place Mondays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Appointments are required by calling Schweyer’s office at 610-791-6270. The APPRISE counselor will be available to help answer questions about original Medicare, Medicare Advantage plans, Medigap plans, Medicare drug plans, PACE/PACENET prescription-drug coverage and various low-income assistance programs, such as the Medicare Savings Program and Extra Help. Read more
HARRISBURG, Oct. 6 – State. Rep. Pamela DeLissio will offer several sessions with an APPRISE counselor in her district office through the fall open enrollment period for Medicare, which takes place from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 of every year. APPRISE is a free health insurance counseling program designed to help older Pennsylvanians with Medicare. Counselors are specially trained staff and volunteers who can answer questions about Medicare and provide senior citizens with objective, easy-to-understand information about Medicare, Medicare Supplemental Insurance, Medicaid and long-term care insurance. The sessions are scheduled for: Wednesday, Oct. 18, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. “Meeting with an APPRISE counselor is a good way to learn more about the various health care plans and make sure you have the best plan to meet your budget and suit your needs,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “This is a valuable program, and I’m glad to be able to connect our local older adults to this resource.” DeLissio has offered an APPRISE counselor in her office monthly since 2011 to assist with Medicare questions. Interested constituents should call to make a free half-hour appointment by calling DeLissio’s office at 215-482-8726. Read more
HARRISBURG, Oct. 6 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., reintroduced legislation this week that would provide health care coverage in Pennsylvania at a lower cost and with freedom to choose health care providers because the concept of “networks” would go away. House Bill 1688 would establish the Pennsylvania Health Care Plan, a blueprint of bold steps that would result in a healthier citizenry without the financial burden that many people currently experience with high deductibles and premiums, DeLissio said. “Given the nationwide focus on how to best provide affordable health care, this legislation is timelier than ever,” DeLissio said. This or similar legislation has been introduced in Pennsylvania since 2005.” Starting this year, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) allows states the option to innovate with their own health care plan as long as the proposed plan is more economical and efficient. This proposed legislation meets that criteria and improves upon the current health care system in many ways, DeLissio said. “This legislation preserves the private practice of medicine and it would ensure the cost-effective delivery of covered services that range from catastrophic care to wellness and preventative care. Health care providers would have autonomy over patient care,” DeLissio said. Currently, health care practitioners often have to vigorously defend their Read more
HARRISBURG, Oct. 6 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will host her October Town Hall at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 in the Community Room of the Bala Cynwyd Library, 131 Old Lancaster Road, Bala Cynwyd, 19004. “It is my sincere hope that by my next Town Hall meeting we will have a revenue bill that will have been successfully passed by the Senate and House and signed by the governor,” DeLissio said. “It has been a bumpy ride since the spending bill was passed at the end of June, and this past week was indicative that yet again only three of the caucuses and the governor’s office can work together. Join me to find out which caucus has earned the title of contrarian.” October’s Town Hall is DeLissio’s 67 th Town Hall. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 6 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio will hold a free shredding event for constituents to safely dispose of confidential, unwanted documents. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21 in the Magisterial District Court parking lot at 925 Montgomery Ave., Narberth. Availability is on a first-come basis. Shredding will take place at the designated time or until the truck is full. The event will be held rain or shine. There is a limit of four bags per household (standard storage/banker boxes or grocery bags). "Safe disposal of documents with personal information is one of the best defenses against identity theft,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. "Shredding also is a great way to dispose of unneeded paper in an environmentally friendly way, and I am happy to offer this service to my constituents." DeLissio said common types of unwanted items that should be shredded include credit card statements, credit card applications, bank statements, canceled checks, income tax information, insurance records and retirement or pension fund information. Shredding will be done on site and all shredded paper will be recycled. For more information, constituents can call DeLissio’s office at 215-482-8726. Read more
Rep. Brandon Neuman announces that the Trinity Area, Washington and Canon-McMillan school districts have been awarded grants totaling $15,000 to bolster students’ career readiness. Read more
READING, Oct. 6 – Area residents interested in learning more about Pennsylvania’s pardons process are invited to attend a meeting Thursday, Nov. 9 hosted by state Rep. Mark Rozzi and Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Mike Stack. The Pathways to Pardons meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Temple Fire Company, 4936 Kutztown Road in Temple. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The program will be interactive and questions from the audience will be welcome. Read more
HARRISBURG, Oct. 6 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., joined House members and the PA Breast Cancer Coalition to kick-off Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Monday by turning the Capitol fountain pink for the month of October to remind women of the importance of mammograms and early detection. “Our goal clearly needs to be prevention and, short of that, early detection and access to treatment are imperative,” DeLissio said. “I am very grateful for the work of the PA Breast Cancer Coalition to educate women throughout the commonwealth and to ensure that short of prevention, people are getting their mammograms for the earliest possible detection and have access to care and treatment.” During the event, DeLissio announced that after 16 months she completed treatment for breast cancer at the end of August and is cancer free. “This journey was only possible with the love, support and prayers of my family, friends, staff and colleagues who were with me every step of the way. I am eternally grateful for all of that support.” In addition to Monday’s kick-off, on Tuesday the House adopted H.R. 435, recognizing October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Oct. 20, 2017, as National Mammography day in Pennsylvania. Specifically, the resolution encourages all women and men in the commonwealth to have discussions with their doctors about breast cancer and the value of being Read more
PITTSBURGH, Oct. 6 – State Rep. Dom Costa, chairman of the Allegheny County Delegation, announced today he will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing to discuss affordable housing and rebuilding neighborhoods. The public hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11 at the Teamsters Local Union 249 Hall, 4701 Butler St. Costa requested the hearing because it is an important issue for him and many municipalities in his district who are looking for ways to increase affordable housing while revitalizing their neighborhoods. The current agenda is: 2 p.m. – Welcome and opening remarks 2:10 p.m. – Panel One: Pittsburgh City Councilman Corey O’Connor , District 5 Eric Stoller , chief development officer, Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh Jason Tigano , real estate director, Economic Development South 3:00 p.m. – Panel Two: Robert Rubinstein , executive director, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh Ray Gastil , director of city planning, City of Pittsburgh Larry Swanson , executive director, ACTION-Housing Inc. 3:50 p.m. – Closing remarks Media coverage is invited. Read more
HARRISBURG, Oct. 6 – State Rep. Joseph Petrarca is reminding fire, rescue and ambulance companies of the opportunity to share in $30 million in state grants. "With Sunday marking the start of National Fire Prevention Week, it's as good a time as any to remind our fire departments and emergency medical services of the state's grant program designed to help ease their financial burden," Petrarca said. "The deadline's still two weeks away, but those who are interested shouldn't wait to apply." The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. Oct. 20. All applications must be submitted electronically to the Office of State Fire Commissioner. Grants from Pennsylvania’s Fire Company, Emergency Medical Service Grant Program may be used toward repairing, building or renovating facilities. Grants also can be applied toward purchasing new equipment, training and certification of staff, or it may go to repay debt related to equipment purchases or facility building and maintenance. The maximum grant amounts available are $15,000 for fire departments and $10,000 for ambulance companies. "This grant program has been invaluable in helping our fire and EMS companies provide the services that keep us safe, and I'm proud to have supported legislation over the years to create, expand and continue the program," said Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana. "First responders sacrifice their time and safety for the benefit of others, Read more
Rep. Adam Ravenstahl reports that his Oct. 12 Job and Career Fair at the at West View VFW will feature two, 2-hour employment sessions. Building Bridges for Business is teaming with Rep. Ravenstahl to sponsor the fair. Read more
HARRISBURG, Oct. 6 – State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans will host a free shredding event on Saturday, Oct. 21. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Spring Garden Township Police Department, 340 Tri Hill Road, York. “Shredding documents that contain personal information is a great way to protect yourself from identity theft,” said Hill-Evans, D-York. “And the shredded paper is recycled, so it’s a win for the environment as well.” Documents suggested for shredding include any papers containing Social Security numbers, credit card or bank account information, insurance or income tax records, bank statements, and canceled or unused checks. The shredding will be done on-site. Donations of nonperishable food will also be collected for a local food bank. Anyone with questions can call Hill-Evans’ office at 717-848-9595. Read more
JOHNSTOWN, Oct. 6 – State Rep. Bryan Barbin, D-Cambria/Somerset, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee forum to discuss groundbreaking traumatic brain scan technology at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 12 at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown, John P. Murtha Center for Public Service and National Competitiveness, 450 Schoolhouse Road. The chief scientist of this technology, Dr. Walt Schneider from the University of Pittsburgh, will give an hour-long presentation, with questions to follow from state legislators, panelists and students. Barbin’s H.B. 1784 would provide additional funds to allow more veterans to access this new technology. The current agenda is: 10 a.m. – Welcome and opening remarks 10:10 a.m. – Panel from the University of Pittsburgh: Dr. Walt Schneider Senior scientist, Learning Research and Development Center Professor of psychology and radiology, University of Pittsburgh Professor of neurosurgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Executive board member, Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition Dr. Ava Puccio Co-director, Neurotrauma Clinical Trials Center Assistant professor of Neurological Surgery, University of Pittsburgh 11:10 a.m. – Questions 11:50 a.m. – Closing remarks Media coverage is invited. Read more
HARRISBURG, Oct. 5 – State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., House Democratic Caucus secretary, released the following statement demanding House Republicans to pass a state budget that puts Pennsylvanians over special interest groups: “The House had a chance to end the budget stalemate and offer a new way forward for our citizens. Instead, the Republican members of the House stood with special interests and bailed on working families. They would rather bend to corporate interests than stand up for fair taxes. It’s simply unconscionable. “With 121 members in the House, Republicans control 60 percent of the chamber, yet they expect Democrats to own 100 percent of the bad policies they offered, yet themselves, could not vote for. These political games are evident, and we have had enough. House Democrats have a plan for Pennsylvania – a new way forward that puts people first. And that starts with having a fair tax system for all Pennsylvanians. House Republicans only want to protect special interests, and that’s unfortunate.” ### Read more
HARRISBURG, Oct. 5 – Members of the Philadelphia Delegation in the state House of Representatives continue to push for commonsense ways to balance Pennsylvania's overdue budget. "The main spending bill was passed on June 30, on a bipartisan basis, and it became law on July 10. Democrats have offered commonsense, popular ways to pay for that budget. Unfortunately, House Republican leaders have kept the people's representatives from voting on these commonsense proposals," said delegation chair Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware. Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., vice chair of the delegation, said, "On Wednesday nearly all House Republicans voted to block consideration of a natural gas extraction tax, also known as a severance tax, even though every other major natural-gas state already has one. About 75 percent of the proposed tax would be paid by out-of-state customers, just as Pennsylvanians already pay it to other states on natural gas that's sent here." Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., said, "There are commonsense solutions out there already – the natural-gas extraction tax, closing corporate tax loopholes and raising the minimum wage. Higher pay earned by workers would mean more revenues for the state -- without the need for a tax increase. And it would mean less money spent in the state and communities for assistance programs. That's a win-win!" Rep. Mike O'Brien, D-Phila., Read more
Rep. Ryan Bizzarro is reminding constituents that free flu shots will be provided from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, in his district office at 1101 Peninsula Drive, Suite 209, Erie. Read more
State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, is uniting with the Allentown Health Bureau for a free child car safety check vent. The event will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 in the parking lot at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 417 N. 7 th St., Allentown. “The single most important thing you can do to protect your children is to buckle them up properly inside vehicles,” Schweyer said. Schweyer said technicians from the health bureau will make sure children’s car seats are properly installed. Schweyer is encouraging people to call his office to schedule an appointment time for the car seat check. His office telephone number is 610-791-6270. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 5 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, welcomed more than 200 constituents of the 191 st Legislative District to the Re-Entry Resource Fair: Pathways to Pardons and Expungement Clinic, co-hosted by state Sen. Anthony Williams and Lt. Gov. Mike Stack. "This event opened the window of opportunity for those who may have made a mistake years ago as young adults and were still paying for it today. This also helps reduce costs associated with our overburdened criminal justice system," said McClinton. “The Defender Association of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity provided more than 50 expungements. Many people learned exactly how to apply for a pardon. Others in attendance have family members who are currently incarcerated but needed to learn how to seek commutation. With strong community partnerships and government working together we can empower neighbors to move forward,” McClinton added. McClinton said she wanted to thank Williams and Stack for co-hosting the event, and resource vendors who provided citizens the information needed to move forward, such as Gateway to Re-Entry, Career Wardrobe, Pennsylvania CareerLink, the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Reintegration Services (R.I.S.E.) and JEVS Prison Program. Access photo gallery here. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 5 – State Reps. Donna Bullock and Emilio Vazquez, both D-Phila., today announced that they will host the Golden Life Senior Fair 2017 at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 20 at Temple University’s Mitten Hall, 1913 N. Broad St. The event will be held in collaboration with Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke. Residents in the 195th and 197th Legislative Districts will be able to receive various city and state-related services, access to senior service providers and more. Free food will also be served. The event is open to the community, and transportation to and from senior centers will be provided. ### Read more
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