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
Rep. Snyder won unanimous House support for her measures honoring George J. Plava, a longtime Fayette County educator, and John Mitchell, a renowned national labor leader. Snyder noted that
the good the men did while among us will never be forgotten, and both improved the lives and livelihoods of countless residents.
Rep. Snyder is launching a veterans outreach featuring American Legion service specialists on the fourth Thursday of every month at her constituent-service office at 104 S. Market St., Carmichaels. Read more
The state House unanimously approved Rep. Pam Snyder’s legislation honoring two members of America’s armed forces from southwestern Pennsylvania killed in action in Vietnam and Somalia. H.B. Bill 178 would name the Exit 28 Mon-Fayette Expressway Interchange in Washington County as the Marine Corporal Thomas R. Matty Memorial Interchange. H.B. 179 would designate the Route 88 bridge over Muddy Creek in Greene County as the Army Corporal Richard W. Kowalewski, Jr. Memorial Bridge. Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today announced that more than $350,000 in state grants is coming to 34 fire and ambulance companies in the 50 th Legislative District. “First responders are at the core of public safety, and these grants enable them to focus more on saving our lives and properties rather than raising funds,” Snyder said. “These men and women make a tremendous sacrifice, and I applaud their service to our communities.” Funding for the 2014-15 Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program is generated from slot machine proceeds and not General Fund tax revenue, Snyder said. Greene County recipients are: Bobtown-Dunkard Volunteer Fire Dept., $11,791; Bobtown-Dunkard Volunteer Fire Dept. EMS, $7,444; Carmichaels-Cumberland Township Volunteer Fire Dept., $12,622; Center Township Volunteer Fire Co., $12,345; Clarksville & Community Volunteer Fire Dept. EMS,$7,444; Clarksville & Community Volunteer Fire Dept.,$11,514; Crucible Volunteer Fire Dept., $11,514; Graysville Volunteer Fire Co., $11,514; Greensboro-Monongahela Township Volunteer Fire Co., $11,514; Greensboro-Monongahela Township Volunteer Fire Co. EMS, $7,444; Jefferson Volunteer Fire Co., $12,345; Jefferson Volunteer Fire Co. EMS, $7,444; Morris Township Volunteer Fire Co., $11,514; Mount Morris Community Volunteer Fire Co., Read more
The 2015 adult trout stocking schedules are now available online. Just click on icon at left. In southwestern Pennsylvania, a Mentored Youth Day will be held on April 11, the Saturday before the April 18 regular opening day of trout season. Read more
Technical problems have forced the state Department of Revenue to suspend a Feb. 1 reporting deadline for clubs with proceeds from small games of chance last year of $20,000 or more. Read more
PennDOT is making safety changes at three Greene County intersections after Rep. Snyder requested safety reviews. Read more
Rep. Pam Snyder’s appointment to four key committees in the state House provides a strategic opportunity to implement policies advantageous to Greene, Fayette and Washington counties. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, began her second term representing the 50th Legislative District today after taking the oath of office. "It is an honor to represent the residents of the 50th District in 2015," Snyder said. “I’m eager to get to work on their behalf because Pennsylvania needs new ideas on energy, public education, family incomes and the state budget.” Snyder said she plans to build on her efforts as a freshman lawmaker that won bipartisan support, including her legislation that ensures a state role in meeting federal mandates affecting energy supplies. “I am committed to being a responsible advocate for southwestern Pennsylvania and working effectively for citizens and communities in the district, as well as the commonwealth as a whole,” Snyder said. “We found common ground on critical energy legislation, and the same focus will produce dividends on fixing the $2 billion shortfall in the state budget and addressing unfair education funding and school property taxes.” Her legislative website, www.pahouse.com/Snyder, features legislative and local information, including her district and Harrisburg offices, and enables constituents to sign up for email updates on state government and regional issues. Constituents also may follow Snyder via her legislative Facebook page, www.facebook.com/RepSnyder, and legislative Twitter account, 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
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