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
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.
Pa. state Rep. Steve Samuelson questions why the state Senate removed an expansion of the PACE and PACEnet prescription assistance program for senior citizens from legislation. Read more
Democratic Chairman of the Pa. House Aging Committee, Rep. Steve Samuelson, speaks on the House Resolution designating the month of November 2016 as "Alzheimer's Disease Awareness and Caregivers Month" in Pennsylvania. Samuelson is joined by his Republican Chairman counterpart, Rep. Kathy Watson, and Alzheimer's Caucus Co-Chairmen Rep. Bill Kortz and Rep. Tim Hennessey. Read more
Gov. Tom Wolf joined state Rep. Steve Samuelson and state Sen. Lisa Boscola to announce a $1.5 million state grant to aid in the construction of a 14,500 square-foot expansion to the Ben Franklin TechVentures technology incubator/post-incubator facility on Lehigh University’s campus in Bethlehem. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Steve Samuelson speaks out against House Bill 2013, which would create a pilot program in the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to study the possibility of developing additional recreational, lodging and ancillary facilities in state parks. Samuelson says the natural beauty of our current state park system should be preserved and not altered with additional development. The bill was defeated by a 77-123 vote. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Steve Samuelson spoke at an event recognizing Elder Abuse Awareness Day and the need for everyone to be on the look out for abuse of senior citizens. Samuelson thanked the folks who work with seniors everyday and encouraged others to learn the signs of physical, mental and financial abuse and report any suspicions to Pennsylvania's 24-hour Elder Abuse Hotline at 1-800-490-8505. Read more
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