DeLissio: Bills for long-term care council, oral chemo access signed

(Oct 21, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 21 – Two crucial pieces of legislation that state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio worked on this legislative session and became law were honored in a ceremonial bill signing this week. DeLissio joined Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday to commemorate the signing of H.B. 753, which replaces the former Intra-Governmental Council on Long Term Care as the Pennsylvania Long-Term Care Council. This council comprises long-term care providers, advocates, consumers and elected officials and will be a valuable resource and sounding board for the departments of Aging, Health and Human Services on long-term care public policy issues, DeLissio said. The new council, of which DeLissio is an appointed member, broadens the scope of the previous council and addresses topics ranging from facility-based care to home- and community-based services. DeLissio’s amendment from the previous session was included in this legislation. Her amendment increased the number of consumers to be seated on the council from one to two, and at least one of those required consumers must have personal experience as a family caregiver. "Our state ranks fourth in the country with the percentage of citizens 65 or older, and citizens 85 or older are the most rapidly growing segment of seniors in the commonwealth,” she said. “Our current system is difficult for consumers and caregivers to navigate and one of my goals as a member of the Read more

 

DeLissio announces 58th town hall Oct. 27

(Oct 14, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 14 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will hold her 58th town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Community Room of Falls Ridge, 4349 Ridge Ave. DeLissio said there is plenty of free parking by the entrance in the lot off of Merrick Road. This location is served by SEPTA Bus Route 9. “There is still much legislation expected to be discussed and passed in the six upcoming session days,” DeLissio said. “It is uncertain what will be brought up on the voting calendar, but legislation pertaining to pension reform, election reform, gun control, ride-sharing permitting – Uber and Lyft – to operate, and eliminating the criminal and civil statutes of limitation for sexual abuse of children may be brought to the House floor.” Discussion will center on the significant legislation that will be headed to the governor’s desk as a result of the end of the two-year legislative session. Technically the last day of the two-year session is Nov. 30, and any legislation not passed by both the Senate and House will die and will need to be re-introduced after the next General Assembly is elected. The last session day scheduled for the House and Senate is Oct. 26. To date, a total of 3,691 bills have been introduced in the General Assembly with 252 of those bills signed into law. “The end of session can be a fast-moving time for the legislature, and I look forward to keeping my Read more

 

DeLissio announces state grant for City Avenue redevelopment

(Oct 14, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 14 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., today announced approval of an $889,846 Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Multimodal Transportation Fund grant for corridor improvements along City Avenue. The planned improvements, which also received funding from the Commonwealth Financing Authority this summer , will provide for new drainage, turning lanes, crosswalks, signal upgrades and lighting. "Revitalization of the City Avenue corridor is critical to driving economic growth in our community, and I’m happy to announce this latest round of financing," DeLissio said. "The state has recognized an excellent investment in our community and in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania." Work has already begun, thanks to new zoning in both Philadelphia and Lower Merion Township and ongoing expansion at Saint Joseph’s University, she said. The project is one of 37 highway, bridge, bike and pedestrian projects that will receive $40 million in Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Multimodal Transportation Fund grants, announced today by Gov. Tom Wolf and PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. The Multimodal Transportation Fund was created by Act 89, Pennsylvania’s transportation funding plan. DeLissio voted for legislation to create the fund in November 2013. Complete second-phase work along the corridor is estimated to cost $3.8 million. "Between recent zoning changes and Read more

 

DeLissio to offer paper shredding events Oct. 15, Oct. 29

(Oct 07, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 7 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio is holding two free shredding events this month for constituents to safely dispose of confidential, unwanted documents. The events are: Saturday, Oct. 15 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Magisterial District Court 901 Montgomery Ave. Penn Valley, 19072 (Next to Staples) Saturday, Oct. 29 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Roxborough Municipal Lot 514 Dupont St. Philadelphia, 19128 Availability is on a first-come basis. Shredding will take place from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. or until the truck is full. There is a limit of four bags per household (standard storage/banker boxes or grocery bags). "Safe disposal of documents with personal information is one of the best defenses against identity theft,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. "Shredding also is a great way to dispose of unneeded paper in an environmentally friendly way, and I am happy to offer this service to my constituents." DeLissio said common types of unwanted items that should be shredded include credit card statements, credit card applications, bank statements, canceled checks, income tax information, insurance records and retirement or pension fund information. Shredding will be done on site and all shredded paper will be recycled. For more information, constituents can call DeLissio’s office at 215-482-8726. Read more

 

DeLissio: Share food facility project receives $1M state grant

(Oct 06, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 6 – Share Food Program Inc. received a $1 million state grant to replace its warehouse roof and upgrade electrical systems, state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio announced today. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Office of the Budget Secretary Randy Albright released the latest round of Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grants Sept. 29. “Share is a true mission-oriented not-for-profit agency with stellar leadership, and they help many who experience food insecurity,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “Share is powered by committed volunteers who assist with the unloading, storing and transporting of millions of pounds of food to more than 505 volunteer-led food cupboards. Share’s food relief helps an average of 607,000 low-income individuals each month and without Share, local food cupboards would not be able to meet the growing need. “This is a premier investment, and I wholeheartedly thank Governor Wolf for making this grant happen.” Infrastructure improvements being paid for by the grant include electrical-system repairs and a new roof on Share’s 133,000-square-foot warehouse at 2901 Hunting Park Ave. These integral improvements will keep Share’s large walk-in coolers and freezers working consistently and reliably; frozen food, consisting of chicken, fish, beef and pork, offers an important protein source for the low-income households that rely on food cupboard distributions. Read more

 

On judge retirement ballot question: are politics at play?

(Sep 29, 2016)

If you have attended any of my 56 Town Halls in the past five and a half years, you have most likely heard me say that in Harrisburg I witness politics trumping policy at the expense of the greater good of our citizens with alarming frequency. On the ballot on November 8th is a proposed amendment to our state constitution that if voted affirmatively will increase the age of mandatory retirement for judges from 70 to 75. To amend our state constitution, legislation must pass both chambers of the PA House and Senate in two successive sessions. Appropriate notice is then provided to citizens, and the amendment will appear on the ballot for citizens to ultimately decide. This particular amendment has had multiple challenges and lawsuits. First, it was to appear on the ballot on April 26th – the date of the primary election. It actually was on the ballot, however, the majority party in the General Assembly thought the language was confusing and had it postponed at the last minute. The wording is below – you decide the clarity. "Shall the Pennsylvania Constitution be amended to require that justices of the Supreme Court, judges and justices of the peace (known as magisterial district judges) be retired on the last day of the calendar year in which they attain the age of 75 years, instead of the current requirement that they be retired on the last day of the calendar year in which they attain the age of 70?" The new wording could lead voters to Read more

 

DeLissio Senior Expo Partnership Benefits Community

(Sep 23, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Pam DeLissio hosted her Senior Expo in conjunction with Roxborough Memorial Hospital's Good Neighbor Day, bringing hundreds of people together to learn more about the things people need as they age. Working with the hospital and other community organizations, seniors had a one-stop-shop to help enrich their lives. Read more

 

DeLissio promotes online learning resource for direct-care workers, caregivers

(Sep 23, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 23 – A free online training program for direct-care workers in Pennsylvania is making a great impression on long-term care professionals, said state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, a member of the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee. DeLissio remarked on how helpful the videos are during a committee meeting in the Capitol on Tuesday. “This is a great public-private partnership that will help improve and elevate the quality of long-term care in Pennsylvania and enhance skills,” DeLissio said of the project, which received public funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. The videos on LearningCenter.PaHomeCare.org cover training on topics such as proper skin care and bathing, detecting and understanding levels of pain and understanding family dynamics. There are currently 59 videos. They are free and may be used as a tool to meet Pennsylvania Department of Health requirements for homecare licensure. The program helps to develop and reinforce the necessary skills that direct-care workers and caregivers use every day. “In the field of long-term care, direct-care workers are critically important and work the closest with the many older and younger folks who rely daily on their support,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “Direct-care workers handle tasks to ensure comfort and care by providing assistance with bathing and dressing, fixing meals, helping with Read more

 

DeLissio to hold 57th town hall Sept. 30; ballot questions to be discussed

(Sep 16, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 16 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will hold her 57 th Town Hall meeting at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30 in the Wolcoff Auditorium, Roxborough Memorial Hospital, 5800 Ridge Ave. The discussion will center on two of the questions that will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot this fall. Slated for the ballot is a proposed amendment to the state constitution that if voted affirmatively will increase the age of mandatory retirement for judges from 70 to 75. The other question asks citizens if they believe that the size of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives should be reduced. “These are two very important issues facing Pennsylvania this fall, and their effects will be far-reaching,” DeLissio said. “Please join me as we have an objective discussion of those effects and possible outcomes.” To amend the state constitution, legislation must pass the House and Senate in two successive sessions. Appropriate notice is then provided to citizens, and the amendment will appear on the ballot for citizens to ultimately decide. There is free parking in the Jamestown Parking Lot on Jamestown Avenue. Read more

 

‘We are informed by our experiences’

(Sep 16, 2016)

We are informed by our experiences. As of this past May, the 5th to be exact, I can add the experience of being diagnosed with breast cancer to my knowledge base. It is indeed a unique experience for me as I have enjoyed relatively good health for the majority of my 60 years. As I was soon to find out, for many in my circle of constituents, colleagues and acquaintances, this is a shared experience. The good news is that my breast cancer is curable; the treatment plan of 14 months, which includes 28 rounds of chemotherapy, plus weeks of radiation should ensure that I am cancer free. It has already been interesting how my diagnosis overlaps with my legislative role as state representative for the 194th. In late June I spoke at a news conference at the Capitol to encourage the Senate to vote on final passage of H.B. 60 that ensures oral chemotherapy would be available to patients at the same co-pay as intravenous chemotherapy. Insurance companies have been, in many instances, charging patients cost prohibitive co-pays for oral chemotherapy. I had been a champion of this legislation long before my diagnosis but hope that speaking out and being public about my own situation helped to get this bill to the governor’s desk. H.B. 60 is now the law. In addition, an early observation in this 14-month adventure is the number of times that my health care provider has stated that a certain test or treatment is recommended, however, it Read more

 

DeLissio advises of judicial ballot question on Nov. 8

(Sep 02, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 2 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., said she continues to be amazed over the confusion and turmoil that has resulted in what should have been a simple ballot question put to voters regarding the retention of judges in Pennsylvania. She is encouraging voters to review its history to better understand what they will be voting on Nov. 8. On the Nov. 8 General Election ballot is a proposed amendment to Pennsylvania’s Constitution that, if voted affirmatively, would increase the age of mandatory retirement for all judges from 70 to 75. “Constituents who have attended any of my 56 Town Halls in the past five and half years have most likely heard me say that in Harrisburg I witness politics trumping policy at the expense of the greater good of our citizens with alarming frequency and this ballot initiative is an example of that maneuvering,” DeLissio said. To amend the state constitution, legislation must pass both chambers of the House and Senate in two successive legislative sessions. Appropriate notice is then provided to citizens and the amendment will appear on the ballot for citizens to ultimately decide. DeLissio said the question that will be put to voters regarding the constitutional amendment has had many twists and turns on its way to November’s ballot, involving multiple court challenges and lawsuits. It was first advertised to appear on the April 26 Primary Election Read more

 

DeLissio senior constituents can get applications, photo taken for SEPTA Key ID card at district office

(Sep 02, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 2 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., announced that constituents 65 and older can make an appointment at her district office to obtain an application and have a photo taken for their SEPTA Key photo ID card. DeLissio’s district office is located at 6511 Ridge Ave. in Philadelphia. Constituents should call 215-482-8726 to make an appointment. SEPTA Key is the modern fare payment and collection system being used by the SEPTA. It offers seniors an alternative to using their Pennsylvania driver’s license or state-issued ID card as proof of age for riding free. "A great number of our senior residents rely on SEPTA for their everyday travel throughout the city and suburbs,” DeLissio said. “My staff and I can help our older adult constituents complete the application and photo process for obtaining their SEPTA Key cards in a friendly and convenient location and my district office is that location.” According to DeLissio, the new Key cards have contactless chips, so riders will only need to swipe it to ride for free. Currently, all Pennsylvania residents, age 65 years or older, who possess a PA Driver’s License or state-issued ID card can now use either form of ID to ride free on SEPTA transit. Valid (unexpired) Driver’s Licenses or state-issued IDs can be swiped at turnstiles or onboard transit vehicles or shown to a Regional Rail Conductor. Read more

 

DeLissio to host second annual Senior Expo Thursday, Sept. 15

(Aug 19, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 19 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will host a free Senior Expo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15 at Roxborough Memorial Hospital, 5800 Ridge Avenue. The Expo will be under the tent in the Rector Street parking lot. The Senior Expo will be held in conjunction with the Good Neighbor Day Health Fair sponsored by Roxborough Memorial Hospital. “I’m excited to again partner with Roxborough Memorial Hospital in this endeavor to connect our area’s older adults with information and services and to build on last year’s very successful event,” DeLissio said. “The Senior Expo will feature services offered by state agencies and not-for-profit organizations that provide services and programs for older adults. Thanks to my background in long-term care, I know that seniors are active and important members of the community – and that older adults are interested in life-long learning and opportunities for employment, in addition to a variety of health, home and other service needs.” DeLissio said she will continue to offer a diverse group of exhibitors at the expo to acknowledge seniors’ varied interests and needs. “For example, we are hoping to include opportunities to adopt a furry friend in need of a happy home, volunteer and work opportunities, and information on organizations such as Road Scholar – formally known as Elderhostel,” she said. Read more

 

Join Us at Senior Expo 2016

(Aug 15, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Pam DeLissio is teaming up again with Roxborough Memorial Hospital for her Senior Fair on September 15th, 2016 from 9am-1pm. The fair, in conjunction with the hospital's Good Neighbor Day, is a tremendous resource for people just becoming senior citizens or older adults that are looking for more information on programs, services and healthcare. Read more

 

DeLissio announces ‘Pam’s Policy Pow-Wows’ in August

(Jul 22, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, July 22 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio announced today that she will hold in August “Pam’s Policy Pow-Wows” – informal, roundtable-style discussions on policy issues with a high likelihood of being voted on in the Pennsylvania General Assembly before Nov. 30. All of “Pam’s Policy Pow-Wows” will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at her district office, 6511 Ridge Ave. in Philadelphia. “This is an opportunity for more in-depth discussion with my constituents interested in these policy topics in addition to any other state policy matters constituents would like to discuss,” she said. “Light refreshments will be provided, but feel free to BYOB – alcoholic or non-alcoholic.” Bills to be discussed include: Wednesday, August 3 H.B. 1510 – Known as the PA Fairness Act, legislation to prohibit discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression 2016-2017 Budget Revenue Bill – How are we paying for the 2016-2017 budget – what taxes are going up and what taxes are not, and why Wednesday, August 17 H.B. 1947 – Statute of limitation reform legislation that would also eliminate all criminal statutes on future child sex crimes H.B. 1948 – Pain Capable/Dismemberment Pro-Life Legislation, one of the strictest abortion-ban laws in the country Wednesday, August 31 H.B. Read more

 

DeLissio: City Avenue improvement project receives $2M state grant

(Jul 08, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, July 8 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., today announced the approval of a $2.05 million Commonwealth Financing Authority grant to provide financial assistance for improvements along City Avenue between 50 th and 63 rd streets. The improvements, which qualified under CFA’s multimodal grant allocations, will include new drainage, turning lanes, crosswalks, signal upgrades and lighting. “Revitalization of the City Avenue Corridor has already begun, thanks to new zoning in both Philadelphia and Lower Merion Township and ongoing expansion at Saint Joseph’s University,” DeLissio said. “This ongoing revitalization has been hindered by traffic, drainage and safety issues that this City Avenue Project will address with the help of this grant. “This extremely busy federal highway that is maintained by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is used by thousands of residents and visitors travelling on foot, bicycle, buses and trains to attend classes, work and shop along this section of City Avenue. Greatly improving safety issues for all travelers is a key aspect of this project. “I use City Avenue frequently and can personally attest to the challenges of navigating this corridor in its present state. “This generous grant is a testament to how valuable our community is to the commonwealth,” DeLissio said. Read more

 

DeLissio: All Pennsylvanians deserve access to oral chemotherapy treatments

(Jul 01, 2016)

HARRISBURG, July 1 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., said at a news conference Tuesday that Pennsylvanians should have equal access to oral chemotherapy drugs and has supported H.B. 60 over the six years that she has been in office. DeLissio said that she is thrilled that the bill has finally made it to the governor's desk and looks forward to this legislation being signed into law shortly. Orally administered anti-cancer medications are typically covered under a health plan's pharmacy benefit and classified in the highest tier of a health plan’s cost-sharing system, requiring patients to pay a percentage of the total cost of the drug, generally between 25 and 30 percent. House Bill 60 would prohibit insurance policies from placing oral anti-cancer medications on a specialty tier or charging co-insurance payments that are more than would have been charged for IV therapy or injectables, helping more patients afford a more convenient form of cancer treatment. As of August 2014, 34 states have enacted oral chemotherapy access laws. “It cannot be overstated just how important these drugs are in saving lives,” DeLissio said. “Oral anti-cancer medications have become incredibly effective in fighting cancer, and no one should go without that powerful tool in their fight because they can’t afford it. Citizens should not have to make difficult choices about affording food and rent or mortgage payments Read more

 

DeLissio explains leave during budget vote

(Jul 01, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Pam DeLissio explains that she was on the road to Harrisburg following a chemotherapy treatment as the reason she was absent from voting on the state budget the prior evening. DeLissio estimates she was about ten minutes from the House Chamber when the voting occurred. Read more

 

DeLissio named LeadingAge PA Legislator of Distinction

(Jun 17, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, June 17 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., on Thursday was awarded the LeadingAge PA Legislator of Distinction Award for 2016. LeadingAge PA is a trade association representing Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations that provide housing, health care and community services primarily to the elderly. DeLissio was recognized for her passion, advocacy and support for legislation that addresses the delivery of quality services to those in need regardless of income. DeLissio was recognized for being a strong partner for grassroots advocacy groups and in providing strategies on how long-term care providers can engage and participate in the advocacy process. At its annual conference in Hershey on Thursday, Ron Barth, president and CEO of Leading Age PA said: “Pam has had a tremendous impact in our field of providing long-term care to seniors. One of a number of heavy lifts Pam assisted us with took place a year ago, when Pam stepped up to assist in stopping the Department of Human Services proposed changes to the Budget Adjustment Factor for Medical Assistance rates for nursing facilities. This gained the support of many other legislators, however, Pam more than any other got involved with the issue, supported nonprofit providers and was instrumental in making sure that the BAF change – which would have resulted in the transfer of $3.59 million in MA funding from many LeadingAge PA providers to out-of-state for-profit Read more

 

DeLissio recognizes Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Capitol

(Jun 17, 2016)

HARRISBURG, June 17 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., marked Elder Abuse Awareness Day this week at the Capitol, voting for a House resolution Wednesday. Across Pennsylvania this week, officials and senior care workers joined in sending a message that elder abuse is a preventable crime that requires public officials and private health care providers to work together and make each day better than the last for seniors. “As a devoted advocate for good long-term care policy and a former professional in the field of senior housing and services, I know how important it is to be vigilant and to educate the citizens about the many forms of elder abuse, and how to recognize potential abuse as we interact with our neighbors and fellow church members or those residing in care facilities,” DeLissio said. “It takes a knowledgeable voice and adequate funding to address the problem, and I am proud to continually stand with great advocates of abuse awareness in the Capitol, as well as here in the 194 th Legislative District.” Elder abuse can take many forms, including physical, sexual or emotional abuse, financial exploitation, neglect, abandonment and self-neglect. Signs of abuse can include unexplained bruises, burns or broken bones, lack of basic hygiene, access to adequate food, clean or appropriate clothing, unexplained weight loss, social isolation, changes in banking habits or giving away possessions without reason. Read more