BETHLEHEM, Nov. 28 – State Reps. Steve Samuelson and Bob Freeman, both D-Northampton, will be accepting donations of children’s and adult diapers at their constituent services offices. The diaper drive will be held from Dec. 3-21 at Freeman’s office at 215 Northampton St., Easton and Samuelson’s office at 104 E. Broad St., Bethlehem. “I am encouraging everyone to donate diapers during this holiday season because many families in our community struggle to cover the cost of diapers, and having an adequate supply of diapers available is a basic necessity for those who care for children and incontinent seniors,” Samuelson said. Samuelson and Freeman said they are accepting adult and children’s disposable diapers including newborn to size six, as well as adult diapers and undergarments sizes small, medium, large and extra-large. “The diaper drive will greatly help families with what can be a sizeable part of a limited family budget,” Freeman said “We are seeking to collect diapers to help needy families because there is no federal or state safety-net program to specifically cover the cost of diapers, which can run $900 or more per year,” Samuelson said. “And our network of food banks in the Lehigh Valley do not receive regular donations of diapers. Many families and seniors on fixed incomes are simply unable to afford disposable diapers and undergarments. “Infants and Read more
As Veterans Day nears, I wanted to share information on programs that benefit veterans and their families. To those from Northampton County who have bravely served our country, thank you and Happy Veterans Day. Read more
The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. LIHEAP offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000 that are sent directly to the utility company to defray heating costs for eligible households, and crisis benefits of up to $600 for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Remember: These are grants and do not have to be repaid. This season’s income guidelines for both LIHEAP cash and crisis grants are $18,210 for an individual, $24,690 for couples and increases for each additional person in the household. Please click here for more LIHEAP information. Please consider visiting my office if you need help filing a LIHEAP application. Besides my office, LIHEAP information is available by: Contacting local County Assistance offices by phone or in person. Calling the LIHEAP Client Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 or PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired. Applying online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us . Read more
I voted for legislation that would allow more senior citizens in Northampton County and across the state pay for their prescription medication. Putting people first and focusing on health care is part of the House Democrats' Plan for Pennsylvania. Read more
HARRISBURG, Oct. 19 – A bill introduced by state Reps. Steve Samuelson, D-Northampton, and Frank Farry, R-Bucks, that would open the PACENET prescription assistance program to thousands more seniors is on its way to the governor’s desk. House Bill 270, which passed unanimously in the House and Senate in the closing days of the legislative session, would increase the income limits for PACENET from $23,500 to $27,500 for individuals and from $31,500 to $35,500 for married couples. “This is the first time in 15 years we have increased the income limits for PACENET,” said Samuelson, Democratic chairman of the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee. “This increase will not only allow nearly 3,000 PACENET enrollees whose incomes had risen above the limits this year to remain in the program, but will make thousands of seniors across the state eligible for the prescription assistance for the first time.” The Department of Aging estimates more than 14,000 new seniors will enroll in PACENET over the next two-and-a-half years. PACE and PACENET are lottery-funded programs that provide low-cost prescriptions to eligible seniors. “We need to remain vigilant that income limits for our senior programs, including PACENET, keep pace with inflation,” Samuelson said. “Our seniors should never have to choose between paying for medicine and paying for heat, rent or food.” The Read more
Pa. state Rep. Steve Samuelson supported House Bill 270, which would increase the income limits for PACENET prescription drug coverage allowing more of our seniors to qualify for assistance with their medications. Read more
Pennsylvania has been granted a REAL ID enforcement extension by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through August 1, 2019. This extension means that Pennsylvania residents will not face access issues when entering federal facilities or boarding domestic commercial aircraft through at least that date. REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and photo ID cards will be available from PennDOT at the customer’s option beginning March 2019. PennDOT is encouraging customers to pre-verify for REAL ID the required documentation as soon as possible, giving them ample time to prepare. More information about what documents will be required is available on PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website . More information about REAL ID, including frequently asked questions , can be found at www.dmv.pa.gov . Read more
BETHLEHEM, Sept. 19 – State Rep. Steve Samuelson invites residents to join his 2nd Southside Community and Senior Fair on Friday. Read more
Eleanor Bobrow welcomes State Representative Steve Samuelson to discuss protecting seniors from fraud and scams. Read more
State Rep. Steve Samuelson, D-Northampton, will host a Senior Fraud and Scams Forum from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13 at the Andrew W. Lizenberger House, 225 E. 4th St,. Bethlehem. Samuelson is hosting the forum to give local seniors the tools they need to avoid becoming a victim of financial abuse. Samuelson will be joined by state Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne and state Secretary of Revenue Dan Hassell. The forum will include important tips on how to recognize fraud and scams and how to avoid falling victim. A question and answer period will follow. For more information, please call Samuelson’s office at 610-867-3890 . There is no registration required. Read more
Over 400,000 people are living with Alzheimer’s Disease or a related disorder in PA and the toll of this disease extends beyond those affected to their families, friends, and communities. Read more
State Reps. Steve Samuelson, D-Northampton, and Pam DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. will host a Roundtable on Redistricting Reform at 2 p.m. in Room 60 East Wing of the state Capitol. The roundtable centers on redistricting reform legislation ( H.B. 722 ). The guests will be three members of a California Citizens Redistricting Commission who are visiting Pennsylvania for a series of town hall meetings. Other speakers will include members of the Fair Districts PA. Live steaming of the roundtable is available here . Media coverage is invited. Read more
Pictured from left to right: Jeff Dauber, education and outreach coordinator Alzheimer's Association; Clay Jacobs, vice-president of programs and services Alzheimer's Association Greater Pa. Chapter; Kristen Shipsky, Walk to End Alzheimer's Committee member; Alzheimer's Federal Ambassador, Rep. Bill Kortz; Rep. Tim Hennessey, Teresa Osborne, Pa. Secretary of Aging; Rep. Steve Samuelson, Sharon Biehner, Walk to End Alzheimer's team captain and community outreach volunteer; Bob Artrum, Luzerne Co. Area Agency on Aging (retired), captain Walk to End Alzheimer's; Krista Somers, major gifts officer for Lehigh Valley Health Network: Geoffrey Roche, co-chair Alzheimer's Association Board of Directors and Public Policy Read more
HARRISBURG, Dec. 22 – State Sen. Lisa Boscola and state Rep. Steve Samuelson announced today Gov. Tom Wolf has approved $1.5 million in total funding to improve parking availability and pedestrian safety near Northampton Community College. The governor released $1 million for the Polk Street Garage and $500,000 to Northampton Community College for a pedestrian bridge from the Fowler Family Southside Center to the Polk Street Garage. “Bethlehem is growing fast, and with that growth comes the need for vital infrastructure. This funding will help pay for a needed parking garage in the heart of the south side,” Samuelson said. “This garage is essential to the ongoing success of our vibrant cityscape, which links retail, residential, recreation, the arts, and, of course, Northampton Community College. I thank Governor Wolf for his commitment to the economic success of Bethlehem." Boscola agreed. "Parking garages are critical for growth in cities like Bethlehem. This garage will spur new development, new jobs and continue to help rebuild the old Bethlehem Steel brownfield," she said. "I want to thank Governor Wolf, Senator Boscola, Senator Browne and Representative Samuelson for the additional RACP funding for the future Polk Street garage. This brings the total RACP funding to $2 million," Bethlehem Mayor Bob Donchez said. "This facility is critically important to the development and revitalization taking place Read more
Pa. state Rep. Steve Samuelson speaks on House Resolution 603 designating November 2017 as Alzheimer's Disease Awareness and Caregivers Month in Pennsylvania. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Steve Samuelson joined the Clear Coalition and labor leaders from the Lehigh Valley for a rally calling for an extraction tax on natural gas to help balance this year's budget and provide a future source of revenue for the Commonwealth. Read more
At a Capitol press event, Pa. state Rep. Steve Samuelson joined Pennsylvania Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne and fellow legislators in recognizing May 2017 as Older Americans Month. This year's theme of "Age Out Loud" highlights trends in which older Americans are working longer, trying new things, and becoming more active in their communities. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Steve Samuelson joined the Fair Districts PA coalition and various legislators at a Capitol rally urging support for state legislative and congressional redistricting reform. Read more
Rep. Steve Samuelson launched a diaper drive at a news conference at the Salvation Army in Bethlehem. There is also a Go Fund Me site at www.gofundme.com/NorthamptonDiaperDrive. Read more
Rep. Steve Samuelson is joining the Second Harvest Food Bank to launch a Lehigh Valley diaper drive to help area families afford disposable diapers.
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