Holiday Safety Tips

(Dec 16, 2016)

As family and friends decorate their homes and gather to celebrate the holidays, Pennsylvania Fire Commissioner Tim Solobay and Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller offer some tips to ensure everyone stays safe this holiday season. Read more

 

myCOMPASS Mobile App available now

(Dec 13, 2016)

The myCOMPASS PA online app is now available for download on the Apple and Google Play app stores for use on iPhones and Android smartphones. Among other features, myCOMPASS PA will allow individuals to take photos of necessary documents and upload them directly to their case files through a secure, safe environment. Other key features include: Users will be able to view benefits details after logging in to their myCOMPASS account; Individuals can view their processing status of their applications; and Update case-related information such as address, phone number, email address, and voter registration. In the two weeks after it launched in the Apple store, 4,669 users downloaded the app with 13,680 clients viewing the status of their benefits, 1,568 documents were uploaded, and the app received a 5-star rating. myCOMPASS PA is estimated to save an average of $3.2 million per year by reducing mail processing time, manual information entry, call center calls, postage and printing. Read more

 

My office is a collection point for Toys for Tots program now through Dec. 12th

(Oct 28, 2016)

My office is a collection point for the Toys for Tots program from now through Dec. 12 th . If you wish to participate, please stop by either one of my offices between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with a new, unwrapped toy. Cedars Office 2000 Bustard Road, Suite 6 Phone: (610) 222-3490 Norristown Office 1846 Markley St. Phone: (610) 270-1150 If you have questions, please contact me in one of my district offices or e-mail me through my Web site at www.pahouse.com/bradford . Read more

 

Rep Bradford to host Fox Chase Center 's Mobile Mammography Van

(Aug 09, 2016)

State Rep. Matt Bradford, D-Montgomery, will be hosting Fox Chase Center’s Mobile Mammography Van at his Norristown office this month. Bradford said the van will be located outside his office at 1846 Markley St. starting at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 29 to offer cancer screenings. Women interested in receiving a screening are required to make an appointment at his office at 610-270-1150. Additional requirements for participants include: Must be 40 or older. Name and address of one of their doctors. Prescription from their doctor. May not be breast feeding nor have breast fed within the last nine months. Must not have a breast cancer diagnosis within the past two years. Must not be under treatment for breast cancer. Must not have had a mammogram in 12 months Must be able to board the van and stand while being examined. Read more

 

Bradford: Every Gun Purchase Should Have a Background Check

(Jul 25, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Matt Bradford joined the PA SAFE Caucus and its gun safety allies in Philadelphia Monday. These Individuals and groups are working together to bring common sense gun legislation to Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Bradford: Budget Crisis Hurts Us All

(Mar 10, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Matt Bradford shares with the House Appropriations Committee his thoughts on the urgent need to complete a responsible 2015-16 budget and properly fund a 2016-17 budget. Read more

 

Bradford: Quit the Political Games, Fund our Universities

(Mar 03, 2016)

At a House Appropriations Budget Hearing, Pa. state Rep. Matt Bradford outlines how a lack of state funding leads to student indebtedness, and highlights the need to put politics aside and adequately fund our universities. Read more

 

Bradford: Fund the Department of Corrections

(Mar 03, 2016)

At a House Appropriations Budget Hearing, Pa. state Rep. Matt Bradford stresses the need to address our structural deficit, quit playing political games, and provide the necessary funding for the Department of Corrections. Read more

 

Bradford: Students Deserve State Support

(Mar 02, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Matt Bradford speaks out during budget hearings with Penn State, Temple and Pitt urging lawmakers to restore funding to our colleges and our student grants so Pennsylvania’s best and brightest can attend school without facing a lifetime of crushing student loan debt. Read more

 

Bradford: Legislative Leadership Has Failed

(Feb 23, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Matt Bradford, speaking at a budget hearing in Harrisburg, talks about how the ongoing budget crisis is a failure of leadership to do what the Pennsylvania constitution requires. Read more

 

Bradford Calls for Balanced, Funded Budget

(Feb 22, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Matt Bradford questions the Independent Fiscal Office Director Matthew Knittle about the overall structural deficit and the need to close tax loopholes before raising new revenues. Read more

 

Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms available at my office

(Feb 15, 2016)

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 oft-extended deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2015 is June 30, 2016, and the rebates normally are distributed by the Deparment of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more

 

PACE prescription programs benefit seniors

(Feb 10, 2016)

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

 

Bradford announces grant for local trail improvements in Montgomery County

(Feb 01, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 1 – State Rep Matt Bradford, D-Montgomery, helped to secure a $200,000 state grant for the Chester Valley Rail Trail in Montgomery County to make improvements to the 15-mile trail. The Chester Valley Trail project is a partnership that involves inter-agency cooperation on many levels, including local, state and federal governments, area businesses and local residents who are committed to seeing the project through to completion. “The Chester Valley Rail Trail has changed miles of abandoned land into a popular location for biking and walking,” Bradford said. “This grant will allow officials to make improvements that will make the trail even better.” The Chester Valley Trail project dates back to 1991, when representatives from Chester and Montgomery counties used abandoned rail line as a major trail. The rail line follows U.S. Routes 30 and 202 through central Chester County from East Caln Township east to Montgomery County, providing a major part of the regional trail system from Chester County to the Schuylkill River Trail and Delaware River. The grant was administered as part of the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Community Conservation Partnerships Program. The CCPP provides financial and technical assistance to local governments, river and trail organizations, land trusts and other nonprofits for the planning, acquisition and development of park, recreation, conservation and greenways Read more

 

CHIP offers kids protection and parents peace of mind

(Jan 29, 2016)

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

 

Home heating assistance is still available

(Jan 13, 2016)

Will you need help paying your heating bills now that the winter is here? The state’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is here to help with energy bills. The program provides grants based on household income, family size, type of heating fuel and region to individuals and families across the commonwealth. I am encouraging people who qualify for the program and that includes renters, homeowners, and individuals who have a disability to submit their applications to help pay their heating bills. Cash grants help with heating bills and are sent directly to your utility company or fuel provider and are credited to your bill. Crisis grants help with heating emergencies, such as a furnace failure or unexpected fuel shortages. The household income limits to qualify vary according to family size, and increase $6,240 for each additional person, as seen below: Household Size Maximum Income 1 2 3 4 $17,655 $23,895 $30,135 $36,375 The federally funded program is expected to continue until April 1, 2016, so apply now!! You can apply online at www.compass.state.pa.us . If you have any questions or need help, feel free to contact my office. Read more

 

Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property

(Jan 01, 2016)

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

 

PA Power Switch: Ask the right questions

(Dec 30, 2015)

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

 

Bradford: We Need a REAL Budget

(Sep 25, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Matt Bradford speaks out against a short-term stopgap budget that does nothing more than create another budget crisis for schools and non-profit social service agencies until October and urges the passage of a true compromise budget that delivers long-term, sustainable funding. Read more

 

Bradford: Stop Pa. Budget Games

(Jul 24, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Matt Bradford says the Republican budget puts the state at risk for further credit downgrades and doesn't address the massive structural deficit. He adds Pennsylvanians have made it clear that education funding and property tax relief are the most important issues, but Republicans have ignored them. Read more