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HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, today took the oath of office for her second term as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives serving the 103rd Legislative District, which includes Harrisburg, Steelton, Highspire, Paxtang and parts of Swatara Township. "I am passionate about public service and eager to make government responsive to my constituents," Kim said. "I will continue to be accessible and available to my residents and fight for what’s best in their interest."During her first term in the legislature, Kim introduced a number of important pieces of legislation, including a bill to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour. She said she will continue to lead the charge for a livable wage in the new session.Kim's constituent service office is located at 8 S. Front St., Steelton, and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The telephone number is 717-986-1673. Her Capitol office is Room G-01 Irvis Building, Harrisburg; open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; phone 717-783-9342.She can be contacted via e-mail at RepKim@pahouse.net and her website is www.pahouse.com/Kim. She also provides updates online at www.facebook.com/RepPattyKim and www.twitter.com/RepPattyKim.### Read more
The 99th Annual Pennsylvania Farm Show will take place from Jan. 10 to the 17 in the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center on North Cameron and Maclay streets in Harrisburg.
The Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the nation, with nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibits. It features the hard work of Pennsylvanians statewide, who showcase their work year-round in county fairs, with civic groups and among trade organizations.
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
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
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
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
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
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