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
Rep. Steve Samuelson reports that the state House has unanimously passed legislation that would expand prescription drug coverage to over 32,000 older Pennsylvanians by increasing income eligibility guidelines for the PACENET program. “It’s been more than a dozen years since the PACENET income limits have been increased,” said Samuelson, Democratic chair of the House Aging and Adult Services Committee and a leading sponsor of the legislation. “By updating the income limits, we can ensure access to affordable prescription drugs and help thousands of senior citizens maintain their quality of life.”
The PA House voted unanimously to increase income limits for the PACENET prescription program – for the first time in 12.5 years – on the same day the deadline was extended to apply for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Rep. Steve Samuelson, Democratic chair of the House Aging & Older Adults Committee, explains the positive difference this will make for tens of thousands of seniors. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Steve Samuelson held his annual senior fair at the East Side Youth Center in Allentown, giving local seniors a chance to learn more about the many government, volunteer, and non profit programs that are available to them. Read more
Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2015 tax year are available at my district office – and my staff is ready to help you file yours for free!The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650.Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2015 and meet all other eligibility criteria.The deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2015 is Dec. 31, 2016, and the rebates normally are distributed by the Department of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 11 – State Rep. Steve Samuelson, D-Northampton, today said meetings with APPRISE counselors to help seniors make informed decisions on Medicare-related health care plans are available by appointment on the last Friday of every month at his Bethlehem constituent-service office. APPRISE is a free health insurance counseling program designed to help older Pennsylvanians with Medicare. Counselors are specially trained volunteers who can answer questions about Medicare and provide senior citizens with objective, easy-to-understand information. “Meeting with an APPRISE counselor to review one’s current health insurance can not only be helpful in making a change, but may be reassuring if no change is warranted,” Samuelson said. “An APPRISE counselor can provide the latest information on Medicare, Medicare Supplemental Insurance and Medicaid, including Part D and Medigap policies.” Appointments are required and may be made by calling his office at 610-867-3890. The one-hour sessions are held from 9 a.m. to noon on the last Friday of the month at his office, located at 104 E. Broad St. in Bethlehem. Sameulson said constituents with appointments should bring their Medicare cards, other insurance information such as PACE, Veterans Administration and ACCESS cards, and a list of medications with their dosages and quantities. Read more
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
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