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Davis lauds new contract extension between UPMC and Highmark

(Jun 24, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 24 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, released a statement following the announcement that UPMC and Highmark have entered into a 10-year contract. “I’m excited and relieved to hear of the new contract extension between UPMC and Highmark, which will extend UPMC facilities to Highmark-insured patients for 10 years. This is a historic contract, ending a longstanding dispute that for years left many worried about the future of health care coverage in the region. “Residents – especially western Pennsylvanians – can now breathe a sigh of relief, as they will no longer have to worry about being denied health care because of the name on their insurance card. “As Democratic vice chairman of the House Insurance Committee, I want to thank Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Governor Tom Wolf for their continued commitment to ensuring all Pennsylvanians have access to quality health care services. “Lastly, I’d like to note that while this is great news, contracts have yet to be worked out and details are yet to come, and this will take some time. I want to remind all health insurance card holders to call their insurer before making any important changes or decisions having to do with their health insurance policy,” Davis said. Read more

 

The importance of family support centers – and more!

(Jun 19, 2019)

When news first broke in early May about a state Department of Human Services’ solicitation that would have resulted in the closing of numerous family support centers in Allegheny County, I immediately thought about the Mon Valley families who would be adversely affected by this decision. Read more

 

Family support centers are a critical lifeline to struggling families

(Jun 13, 2019)

When news first broke in early May about a state Department of Human Services’ solicitation that could have resulted in the closing of numerous family support centers in Allegheny County, I immediately thought about the Mon Valley families who would be adversely affected by this decision. Thankfully, the outcry from parents, advocates and state legislators in Allegheny County caught the attention of Gov. Tom Wolf, who brought the proposed change in funding to an immediate halt. I first want to thank Gov. Wolf for hearing our concerns. The proposed limitation of funding for facilities across Allegheny County, and the possible closing of certain centers – like those located in Clairton, Duquesne and McKeesport – would have had irreversible impact on our most vulnerable citizens. Without this reversal, it’s estimated that centers in Clairton, Duquesne, Homestead, McKeesport, McKees Rocks, Penn Hills, Tarentum, Wilkinsburg, Wilmerding, and in the Hazelwood neighborhood of Pittsburgh collectively would have been dealt a $1.3 million cut that would have only provided adequate funding for two of the 10 centers. This would have left so many families who depend on these critical services with no support and no options. These family centers, operated by the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, are safe havens for families with young children. They offer a variety of programs, including parenting classes, child health and development screenings, fatherhood Read more

 

Davis lauds passage of House Bill 3

(Jun 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 11 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, on Tuesday released the following statement on the passage of H.B. 3 , a bipartisan bill that would create an authority to operate a state-based health insurance exchange for Affordable Care Act individual market plans, and enact a reinsurance program to reduce premiums: “Today we have a win in the fight to provide all residents with affordable access to quality health coverage. Today’s near-unanimous passage of House Bill 3 shows in overwhelming fashion that all members of the House of Representatives recognize the need to provide residents with top-tier health coverage that in part also will save taxpayer money and stabilize premiums. “From the time this bill was introduced to the time it was quickly passed through the Insurance Committee, it was evident that the full House was working in unison to get this bill to the House floor for an affirmative vote. I’m encouraged to see the support behind this bill, and I’m hopeful it quickly makes its way to the governor’s desk so that it can be signed into law.” H.B. 3 now heads to the state Senate for consideration. Read more

 

Davis lauds UPMC’s decision to make UPMC’s Hillman Cancer Center locations available to all insurers

(Jun 06, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 6 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today released the following statement regarding UPMC’s agreement to make all UPMC Hillman Cancer Center locations available to all insurers, including all Highmark commercial and Medicare Advantage members, after the expiration of the consent decrees on June 30: “Today we have a win in a longstanding dispute that in years past has had few positives. I applaud UPMC for agreeing to make all UPMC Hillman Cancer Center locations available to all insurers at the currently agreed upon in-network rates after the expiration of the consent decrees. “Despite the Highmark/UPMC dispute, it’s encouraging to know that the parties involved recognize a need to grant access to these one-of-a-kind medical centers so that patients can receive the care they deserve, regardless of the name that’s on their insurance card. “The decision made today by UPMC has given families in western Pennsylvania hope – hope now that their loved one can access UPMC Hillman Cancer Center’s world-renowned clinical programs, and hope that they, too, may be able to access other facets of UPMC in the near future.” Read more

 

Working to bring YOU quality health care; Money coming back to the district; Senior Farmer's Market Nutrition Program vouchers

(Jun 06, 2019)

This week proved to be a beneficial week for the district regarding state funding. Read more

 

Bill enacting state-based insurance program voted out of Insurance Committee

(Jun 05, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 5 – A bipartisan bill that would create an authority to operate a state-based health insurance exchange for Affordable Care Act (ACA) individual market plans, and enact a reinsurance program to reduce premiums, on Wednesday was unanimously voted out of the House Insurance Committee, announced state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny. Davis, Democratic vice chairman of the House Insurance Committee, said the legislation, H.B. 3 , would establish a state insurance exchange that brings state sovereignty back to the insurance market and stabilizes premiums so that insurance plans are more cost-effective for consumers. “Swiftly moving this bill through the Insurance Committee is a clear indication that we as legislators – on both sides of the aisle – recognize a desire and need to provide all residents with affordable access to quality health coverage, while also saving taxpayer money and stabilizing premiums,” Davis said. “This is a commonsense bill for commonwealth residents, and its success already can be noted in nearly a dozen or so states that currently operate their own exchanges. This is a no-brainer, and I’m confident all my colleagues will see the benefit of this bill once it’s heard on the House floor.” Under H.B. 3, both the exchange and reinsurance program would be created at no cost to the state. Davis said the federal government is expected to fund 75% of reinsurance program costs. The Read more

 

State Rep. Austin Davis and state Sen. Jay Costa announce $100,000 for Carnegie Library of Homestead

(Jun 05, 2019)

(Homestead, Pa.) --- Senator Jay Costa and Representative Austin Davis today announced the award of $100,000 in state grate money to the Carnegie Library of Homestead. The award comes from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission as part of its Keystone Historic Preservation Grant program. With the funds, the Carnegie Library will renovate the music hall, and enhance its dedication to providing educational programs to the Steel Valley. A fire sprinkler system will be installed at the music hall to protect attendees of their performances but also protect this historic institution. “The Carnegie Library is an invaluable resource to this community,” said Senator Costa. “The safety improvements they intend to make will preserve it for generations to come, and I was honored to recommend this project for state funding.” “It’s always a pleasure to announce significant funding that goes toward the preservation of a historical landmark and the overall safety of our residents and visitors alike,” said Rep. Davis said. “The Carnegie Library of Homestead is a staple of our community and a pillar of educational opportunities. This funding will assist the library in maintaining safety measures while also ensuring its visitors can safely enjoy all the library has to offer.” The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) administers multiple funding programs. Grant programs are available to nonprofit Read more

 

McKeesport Area School District to benefit from more than $160,000 in 21st Century Learning Center grants

(Jun 04, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 4 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today announced the McKeesport Area School District will benefit from $165,160 in 21 st Century Learning Center grants awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The intent of the program is to support the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing Title I schools. The program helps students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading, math and science; offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children. “The funding that comes by way of the 21 st Century Learning grants are key when it comes to providing extended educational opportunities at McKeesport Area School District,” Davis said. “The afterschool initiatives funded by this grant program further solidify the work being done inside the classroom and allow students to prosper once the school day comes to an end. I’d like to thank Governor Tom Wolf and the state Department of Education for their unwavering commitment to commonwealth students, their education and to providing continued educational opportunities outside the classroom.” One of the grants, totaling $60,160, was awarded Read more

 

Davis announces nearly $350,000 in funding for McKeesport to improve traffic safety

(May 29, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 29 – McKeesport will benefit from the implementation of a traffic safety program and other traffic-related improvements following Wednesday’s $344,000 grant disbursement to the city, announced state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny. The grant funding is from PennDOT’s Automated Red Light Enforcement program, designed to improve the safety at signalized intersections by providing automated enforcement at locations where traffic data shows red-light running is a concern. McKeesport’s ARLE funding will be used to upgrade the traffic signal at the intersection of Versailles Avenue and Evans Street by installing new traffic signal supports, signal heads, pedestrian accommodations, controller assembly, detection, and new ADA curb ramps; to create a traffic safety program that would assess the needs of intersections throughout the city where there are large pedestrian and vehicle conflicts, speeding issues and sight distance problems; and to install accessible pedestrian signals at the intersection of Lysle Boulevard and Coursin Street. “This is great news for the city of McKeesport. Improving traffic and pedestrian safety is key to ensuring the safety of our residents, as well continuing progress in our revitalization efforts. These funds will help ensure McKeesport is a destination attraction here in the Mon Valley,” Davis said. Funding for the program, as required under state law, is supplied by fines from red light Read more

 

REMINDER: Don't miss my FREE shredding event on Saturday, June 1!

(May 22, 2019)

The event, geared toward the safe disposal of important documents containing your personal information, will take place on Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the McKeesport High School Stadium, located at 1960 Eden Park Blvd., McKeesport. Read more

 

Don't miss my FREE Shredding event!

(May 14, 2019)

Do you worry about the safety of your personal information? Read more

 

Don't miss my newsletter; Upcoming FREE Shred Event; Going the extra step!

(May 09, 2019)

For those who didn’t receive a copy in the mail, I want you to know that you can view a digital copy of my 2019 Spring newsletter! Read more

 

Davis: Substantial investment in Mon Valley Works site will reduce emissions and provide continued work for decades to come

(May 02, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 2 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today released the following statement on U.S. Steel’s announcement that it will spend $1 billion to upgrade its Mon Valley Works steel mill: “Today’s announcement by U.S. Steel is a bright look into the future of employment and health here in the Mon Valley. Following the December 2018 fire, legislators and residents from across the region have been calling on the corporation to upgrade its facility and spend the necessary funds so that the Mon Valley could have both clean air and good jobs. “I knew it was possible with the help and cooperation of U.S. Steel, and I’m glad to announce that not only will the anticipated upgrades to the site make Mon Valley Works the first of its kind, but the upgrades also will reduce emissions which, at the end of the day, is instrumental in the overall health of Mon Valley residents. “I remain committed to ensuring a better life for our residents, including the implementation of well-paying, family-sustaining jobs. Here in the Mon Valley, the steel mill is a major employer for many, so it was important that U.S. Steel make the proper adjustment so that our area can continue to prosper and breathe clean, healthy air for decades to come.” Read more

 

Davis: Three school districts, human services agency awarded more than $700,000 in school safety, violence prevention funding

(May 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 1 – Four school districts and a human services agency located in the 35 th Legislative District today were awarded a combined total $963,343 in state funding earmarked for school safety and violence prevention initiatives, announced state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny. The School Safety and Security Committee, part of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, awarded these grants. The funds were included in the 2018-19 budget. “It’s important now more than ever that we provide funding for school safety and violence prevention initiatives, especially in wake of the recent tragedies that have occurred in schools across the country,” Davis said. “The commonwealth worked diligently to ensure this funding was set aside for the state’s children and at-risk communities, so I’m happy to announce this funding was released today.” The school districts receiving funding are: Clairton City School District - $115,000 . The funding will be used for security planning and the purchasing of security related materials. Clairton Area School District - $259,606. The funding will assist in the purchasing of security related materials and security planning. Duquesne City School District - $79,279. Grant money will be used to purchase security related materials, implementing a districtwide emergency preparedness plan, and enacting staff and student training programs for early intervention and violence Read more

 

Davis adds name to brief supporting Shapiro’s suit against UPMC

(Apr 25, 2019)

State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, joined colleagues in the House Democratic Caucus by signing a legal brief they’ve filed in support of the attorney general’s lawsuit against UPMC. Read more

 

Don't miss Saturday's Youth Expo!; New Legislation; Today in the district

(Apr 24, 2019)

Saturday is going to be a first for the Mon Valley, as state Rep. Summer Lee and I hold our first Youth Expo in Munhall! Read more

 

Don't miss the upcoming Mon Valley Youth Expo!

(Apr 22, 2019)

Mon Valley youth and parents – I urge you to take part in the first Youth Expo on Saturday, April 27! Read more

 

New appointment; Visit Carnegie Library of McKeesport for employment help; Local blood drive; Mon Valley Youth Expo

(Apr 10, 2019)

I’m excited to announce that I recently was appointed to the Port Authority of Allegheny County’s board of directors by House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody. Read more

 

Davis appointed to Port Authority of Allegheny County’s board of directors

(Mar 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 28 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today was appointed to the Port Authority of Allegheny County’s board of directors by House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody. The move by Dermody, D-Allegheny, places Davis in a position to have more oversight on public transportation services and issues in and around Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, which has been a high-priority subject for the sophomore state legislator since taking office. “Providing efficient, easy-to-use public transportation for Allegheny County residents will continue to be a cornerstone of my time in public office,” Davis said. “Public transportation is a lifeline in Allegheny County. Without it, some residents wouldn’t be able to get to doctor’s appointments, pick up their children, or visit family. I’d like to thank Representative Dermody for this exciting opportunity.” Dermody added: “Austin Davis has dedicated his life to public service and he’s perfectly suited to serve on the Port Authority board. He understands the essential role of public transit in connecting people to good jobs, schools, health care and much more.” The Port Authority’s board of directors is comprised of 11 unpaid, volunteer members who are appointed by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, both parties in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Senate, and Gov. Tom Wolf. Read more

 

Davis lauds new contract extension between UPMC and Highmark
Jun 24, 2019

The importance of family support centers – and more!
Jun 19, 2019

Family support centers are a critical lifeline to struggling families
Jun 13, 2019

Davis lauds passage of House Bill 3
Jun 11, 2019

Davis lauds UPMC’s decision to make UPMC’s Hillman Cancer Center locations available to all insurers
Jun 06, 2019

Working to bring YOU quality health care; Money coming back to the district; Senior Farmer's Market Nutrition Program vouchers
Jun 06, 2019

Bill enacting state-based insurance program voted out of Insurance Committee
Jun 05, 2019

State Rep. Austin Davis and state Sen. Jay Costa announce $100,000 for Carnegie Library of Homestead
Jun 05, 2019

McKeesport Area School District to benefit from more than $160,000 in 21st Century Learning Center grants
Jun 04, 2019

Davis announces nearly $350,000 in funding for McKeesport to improve traffic safety
May 29, 2019

REMINDER: Don't miss my FREE shredding event on Saturday, June 1!
May 22, 2019

Don't miss my FREE Shredding event!
May 14, 2019

Don't miss my newsletter; Upcoming FREE Shred Event; Going the extra step!
May 09, 2019

Davis: Substantial investment in Mon Valley Works site will reduce emissions and provide continued work for decades to come
May 02, 2019

Davis: Three school districts, human services agency awarded more than $700,000 in school safety, violence prevention funding
May 01, 2019

Davis adds name to brief supporting Shapiro’s suit against UPMC
Apr 25, 2019

Don't miss Saturday's Youth Expo!; New Legislation; Today in the district
Apr 24, 2019

Don't miss the upcoming Mon Valley Youth Expo!
Apr 22, 2019

New appointment; Visit Carnegie Library of McKeesport for employment help; Local blood drive; Mon Valley Youth Expo
Apr 10, 2019

Davis appointed to Port Authority of Allegheny County’s board of directors
Mar 28, 2019