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Rent and Mortgage Relief from PHFA

(1 day ago)

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We're Going Green!

(May 29, 2020)

We're going green! Read more

 

DeLuca introduces bill that would guarantee ACA benefits remain available to Pennsylvanians

(May 27, 2020)

HARRISBURG, May 27 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, on Tuesday introduced legislation that would guarantee Pennsylvanians have a host of essential health benefits at their disposal in the event the Affordable Care Act is repealed. “These are critical benefits Pennsylvanians need and currently have, thanks to the Affordable Care Act,” DeLuca said. “However, even in the midst of a pandemic, a federal lawsuit seeking to rule the ACA unconstitutional continues. Residents need these benefits now more than ever, and this bill would ensure all Pennsylvanians have access to the critical coverage they need.” DeLuca said that just like the ACA, his legislation, H.B. 2558, would allow Pennsylvanians to enroll in quality health insurance that provides for 10 essential health benefits, and would prohibit health insurers from placing arbitrary dollar limits on those benefits. In addition, DeLuca said H.B. 2558 would protect Pennsylvanians by allowing young adults to stay on a parent’s policy until age 26, and by prohibiting health insurers from discriminating against individuals with a pre-existing condition. DeLuca said he hopes H.B. 2558 will be considered in the full House in the near future. Read more

 

Good news for individuals eligible for Property Tax/Rent Rebate checks

(May 19, 2020)

Senior citizens, widows, widowers, and people with disabilities eligible for the PA Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program may get their checks much earlier than they expected this year. Read more

 

DeLuca introduces legislation that would require nursing facilities to provide COVID-19-related info to family members

(May 19, 2020)

HARRISBURG, May 19 – Looking to provide transparency and peace of mind to families who have loved ones in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, state Rep. Tony DeLuca on Monday introduced legislation that would require nursing homes to provide data on the number of COVID-19 cases at their facility when a family member requests the information. “COVID-19 hit the commonwealth hard, especially our senior population and those housed in nursing homes and senior care facilities,” DeLuca said. “It’s crucial that we make sure we’re providing updated data to family members who have loved ones in these facilities so that they know up front what they, as a family, are facing. Transparency is key now more than ever.” DeLuca said his measure, H.B. 2354, would require nursing homes and related facilities to disclose the aggregate total number of COVID-19 cases that are present in the facility when this information is requested by a family member or individual who can make health care decisions on behalf of the nursing home resident. All data provided by these facilities would strictly include numbers and aggregated data, DeLuca said, noting the importance of upholding a patient’s confidentiality privileges. “By limiting who can access this information, we strike an effective balance between patient privacy and information needed for health care decision-making,” DeLuca said Read more

 

UC claimants: New program extends exhausted benefits

(May 18, 2020)

UC claimants: If you have exhausted -- or are about to exhaust -- your benefits, I want to make sure you're aware of an important new state program. Read more

 

Penn Hills, New Kensington Driver License and Photo License centers now open

(May 15, 2020)

Now that the Governor has moved Allegheny County into the yellow phase, PennDOT has today reopened the Driver License and Photo License Centers with LIMITED SERVICES in both PENN HILLS, located in the Penn Hills Shopping Center, and NEW KENSINGTON, 1600 Greensburg Road. Read more

 

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance is now LIVE!

(May 07, 2020)

I am pleased to share that the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance system is now fully operational. Read more

 

DeLuca announces in-person polling locations for June 2 primary election

(May 07, 2020)

HARRISBURG, May 7 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, on Thursday announced the locations of the only in-person polling sites in the 32 nd Legislative District for the June 2 primary election. The Penn Hills’ polling location will be at the Penn Hills Library, 1037 Stotler Road; the Verona polling station will be located at the Verona Borough Building, 730 E. Railroad Ave.; The Plum location will be at Plum Senior High School, 990 Elicker Road; The Blawnox voting location will be at its Firehall, 376 Freeport Road; and O’Hara’s polling location has yet to be determined. “Numerous locations across the district were investigated as key locations prior to these sites being selected, and I was happy to confirm the polling locations for the June 2 primary before the official announcement was made” DeLuca said. “Many factors went into choosing the best locations, including central location, ample parking, familiarity with the building, and room configuration to afford proper social distancing and protection for workers and voters.” “Individuals who choose to vote in-person will go to the polling place in the community where they legally reside, not according to one's Zip code. For example, if you live in Penn Hills, even though you have a 15147 Zip code, you will vote at the Penn Hills Library. Only voters who reside in the borough of Verona will vote at that town's borough Read more

 

New real estate guidance issued for PA’s phased reopening; State announces further plans for reopen, including golf courses

(Apr 29, 2020)

My office has received many questions about real estate transactions during this pandemic and I have been working with the governor’s office to help resolve some concerns. On Tuesday, the governor issued new guidance for the buying and selling of homes and commercial property during Pennsylvania’s phased reopening and in conjunction with Department of Health guidelines. Read more

 

DeLuca: House Republicans went out of their way to bury ACA-related bills

(Apr 27, 2020)

HARRISBURG, April 27 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, today released the following statement regarding House Republicans’ conduct and action to block bills on Monday critical to ensuring all Pennsylvanians have access to the health coverage they deserve: “Today, after many months of hoping to vote on critical legislative measures – including my House Bill 469 – that would grant all Pennsylvanians access to health coverage they deserve, House Republicans decided to bury these bills in a different committee. “Luckily, for the time being, the Affordable Care Act gives residents access to health insurance with these crucial consumer protections. But Republicans and special interest groups across the nation are doing everything to dismantle that, which is why we’ve been working so hard to get these bills to the House chamber. “I’m not shocked – I’m appalled. I’m appalled that a group of elected officials, who were elected on behalf of state residents to do what was best for the commonwealth, could block these measures strictly on party lines to prevent a much-needed discussion in the House chamber. “These House bills could do a lot of good for state residents, especially in the midst of a global pandemic. Somehow, some way, that notion fell upon deaf ears, and I have yet to fully wrap my mind around what transpired. The House chamber can do Read more

 

Rural EMS agencies getting the help they need

(Apr 22, 2020)

On Tuesday, I voted for legislation that would positively affect rural EMS agencies now and in the future. Read more

 

House Democrats join Gov. Wolf to get vital funding to Pa. hospitals

(Apr 10, 2020)

HARRISBURG, April 10 – House Democrats supported today’s action by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority to deliver up to $450 million in immediate financial relief to the state’s hospitals caring for people during the COVID-19 crisis. “The federal CARES Act will deliver hundreds of millions of dollars to hospitals, but when that money will arrive is uncertain. The surge in cases is happening now and hospitals need this help now because the virus caseload intensifies each day,” Democratic Leader Rep. Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny/Westmoreland, said. “By making state financing available quickly, hospitals will be able to get doctors and nurses the equipment and supplies they require to handle the surge and save as many lives as possible. This funding is a vital lifesaving tool to help us weather the worst part of the storm,” Dermody said. At an emergency meeting today, the PENNVEST board approved a low-interest, short-term loan program to help hospitals bridge the gap until federal money arrives. The loans will be repaid to PENNVEST using part of that federal funding. “Democrats in the House and Senate are proud to work with Governor Wolf on this. It’s allowing overburdened hospitals to save more lives and keep their staff safer,” Dermody said. “Millions of people are doing their part by staying at home and flattening the curve. Frontline workers and Read more

 

Information on available health insurance options

(Apr 06, 2020)

In response to questions about constituents losing health insurance and as Democratic chairman of the House Insurance Committee, I want to share with you the following document drafted by the state House Insurance and Health Committees, which details options available to those who have lost health insurance during this emergency. Read more

 

Good news for seniors about the stimulus check

(Apr 03, 2020)

I am pleased to share with you that the U.S. Treasury and the IRS late on Wednesday REVERSED their decision from earlier this week and are now saying SOCIAL SECURITY RECIPIENTS WHO TRADITIONALLY DO NOT FILE AN INCOME TAX RETURN WILL AUTOMATICALLY GET THEIR ECONOMIC STIMULUS CHECKS. Read more

 

PFBC RESPONDS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT COVID-19

(Apr 01, 2020)

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) knows that anglers and boaters are ethically minded, passionate outdoor enthusiasts who might have some questions about how the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting their favorite activities this spring. Read more

 

***NEW RULE TO GET THE FEDERAL STIMULUS CHECK***

(Mar 31, 2020)

To My Constituents: I have just received notice from US Congressman Conor Lamb’s office that contrary to prior reports, senior citizens, individuals who receive Social Security payments, and others identified below WILL have to file an income tax return to receive their economic stimulus payment. The updated notice from the Congressman, based on the most recent IRS guidance, is as follows: Q. Will I get a rebate if I didn’t file taxes in 2018 or 2019? If you do not owe the federal government taxes for either 2018 or 2019 and usually don’t file as a result – you should file this year to ensure you can receive your payment. According to guidance issued by the IRS , people who typically do not file a tax return will need to file a simple tax return to receive the economic impact payment. Low-income taxpayers, senior citizens, Social Security recipients, some veterans and individuals with disabilities are usually not required to file an annual tax return but must do so now if they want the stimulus check . Unfortunately it is the IRS that has changed the requirements to receive this payment. For specific information about this new regulation or for assistance, all residents in my district (except those residing in Plum Borough) should call Congressman Lamb’s office at either 412-871-2060 or 412-344-5583. Those residing in Plum Borough who have questions should contact US Congressman Mike Read more

 

Useful health insurance information during COVID-19 pandemic

(Mar 30, 2020)

As your state representative and the Chairman of the House Insurance Committee, I wanted to reach out to you and provide some information on health insurance, which I hope will be useful during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

 

Fill out the 2020 census!

(Mar 30, 2020)

In Pennsylvania, everyone counts and April 1 is National Census Day! Read more

 

Economic stimulus package passed

(Mar 27, 2020)

The US Senate and House of Representatives have passed an economic stimulus package that hopefully will provide some financial relief during this COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Read more