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DeLuca: Blawnox getting $121,500 state grant for communication upgrades

(Nov 13, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 13 – A bevy of communications-related upgrades will benefit Blawnox Borough via a $121,500 state grant announced today by state Rep. Tony DeLuca, D- Allegheny. DeLuca said the Department of Community and Economic Development funding, secured through its Early Intervention Program, will be used to pay for upgrades to improve communications throughout the borough – particularly technology infrastructure, hardware, software and professional services. “This type of funding is part of Governor Tom Wolf’s effort to revitalize and grow communities in Pennsylvania, and we are grateful for such an investment in the 32nd Legislative District,” DeLuca said. “By improving the capability of local government to deliver services more efficiently and effectively, we are promoting community improvements and growth.” The Early Intervention Program provides matching grant funds to assist municipalities experiencing fiscal difficulties to develop comprehensive multi-year financial plans and establish short- and long-term financial objectives. The program provides grants up to $200,000 for 50 percent of a project’s total cost, and there is a required 50 percent match. Read more

 

Looking for health insurance duing open enrollment? Here's how to find help.

(Oct 20, 2017)

The state Insurance Department has provided links to help residents secure 2018 health care coverage through the health care marketplace before the Dec. 15 Open Enrollment deadline. Open Enrollment doesn’t begin until Nov. 1 , but please be sure to check these links once it does: 2018 Open Enrollment ; Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment Resources ; and Open Enrollment Assistance . Please contact my office if you need additional help navigating the insurance marketplace. Read more

 

Exploring your health care insurance options key to affordable plan

(Oct 17, 2017)

As Democratic chairman of the House Insurance Committee, I urge you to shop around, visit the healthcare exchange and speak to navigators and insurance brokers who are trained to help you find the health care insurance policy that works for you. Read more

 

Over 5 million Pennsylvanians at risk from Equifax data breach; Free identity theft protection, credit monitoring available for one year

(Oct 03, 2017)

Rep. Tony DeLuca reports that about 5.5 million Pennsylvanians are among the 145.5 million consumers nationwide whose personal information was exposed during the massive security breach at Equifax. He provides ways that consumers can protect themselves against a data breach. Read more

 

DeLuca to hold Senior Fair on Oct. 5 at 3 Lakes Golf Course in Penn Hills

(Sep 28, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 28 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, will hold his annual Senior Fair on Thursday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to noon at 3 Lakes Golf Course, 6700 Saltsburg Road, Penn Hills. The event is free of charge. There will be numerous representatives from a wide range of state, federal and local agencies – and organizations on hand providing information about their programs and services. In addition, there will be free health screenings as well as free flu, pneumonia and whooping cough shots (but you must bring your Medicare card). Participants are also encouraged to bring unused, unwanted or expired prescriptions to the fair to have them properly disposed of through the Allegheny County Sheriff's Project DUMP (Disposal of Unused Medications Properly). A sheriff's deputy will be on site to collect the medications. There will also be free refreshments and door prizes. No pre-registration is required. Please be advised: To allow the vendors adequate time to set up their displays, the doors to the fair for participants absolutely will not open until 10 a.m. Lines of participants are frequently long in the parking lot hours before the event begins and there is no place to sit down. So, if you are physically disabled or using a walker you may want to wait to come to the fair until later in the morning. Read more

 

DeLuca introduces bill to ban unscrupulous charities

(Sep 13, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 13 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, announced he will be introducing a bill that would require charities that solicit funds in Pennsylvania maintain minimum standards. DeLuca outlined the need for stronger regulations for charity expenses at a media event in the state Capitol. “I care very much about how much money charities are funneling towards research,” DeLuca said. “Unscrupulous organizations seize on the good will of the American people in order to enrich charity owners, managers and corporate fundraisers. “The intent of this bill is to prevent any charity from soliciting the citizens of this Commonwealth if a minimum of 65 percent of revenue is not dedicated to their programs. It is not my intent to harm non-profits, or keep them from fulfilling their mission.” House Bill 1669 will be introduced in the near future. The bill would prohibit charities that do not invest a minimum of 65 percent of revenue to their programs from soliciting in Pennsylvania. Under the bill, a charitable organization that fails to meet the 65 percent minimum would be prohibited from fundraising in Pennsylvania until the Pennsylvania Department of State verifies that they have reached that threshold. “Americans, by nature, tend to be very generous and supportive,” DeLuca said. “It is too easy for bad actors to abuse that generosity. We need a law that can guarantee Read more

 

DeLuca leads call for Allegheny County resolution on healthcare

(Jun 30, 2017)

Rep. DeLuca and Allegheny County Delegation members have sent a letter to Allegheny County officials asking them to draft a resolution opposing dramatic changes to the current Affordable Care Act. Read more

 

DeLuca: August is Kidney Cancer Awareness Month

(Jun 19, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Tony DeLuca took to the House floor to speak on a resolution designating August as Kidney Cancer Month in Pennsylvania. DeLuca, a cancer survivor, talked about how cancer impacts everyone's life in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

DeLuca highlights voting modernization bills

(Jun 13, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 13 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, joined a number of state representatives and senators to offer a series of bills to update and modernize Pennsylvania’s voting rules. DeLuca featured H.B. 945 , which would create a process to allow same-day voter registration and H.B. 946 which would create an early voting window. “During the May primary election, only about 17 percent of all eligible Allegheny County voters found the time to go to the polls,” DeLuca said. “Our democracy only works when we, the people, vote. “The District of Columbia and 13 states now have same-day registration. The opportunity to register on Election Day can raise voter participation dramatically. Those states and Washington, D.C. had a voter participation rate of 68.8 percent in 2012, more than 10 percent higher than states without that option. “More than two thirds of the states also have an early-voting window. My bill would permit early voting from 15 days before the election through the day before Election Day. More than 30 percent of all the votes in the last two presidential elections were cast during early voting periods,” DeLuca said. Both bills are currently awaiting further consideration in the House State Government Committee. Other bills highlighted by others at the media event aimed at improving voter turnout are focused on automatic voter registration, no-excuses absentee voting and providing paid time Read more

 

DeLuca calls for Dept. of Education oversight for Penn Hills School District

(May 30, 2017)

HARRISBURG, May 30 – In light of a number of different issues facing the Penn Hills School District, state Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, has again asked the state Department of Education to place the district into the state’s financial recovery program and to appoint a qualified chief financial recovery officer to oversee the district. DeLuca expressed concern regarding how the appointment of a new school board member was handled following the recent resignation of a board member. In a letter sent to Executive Secretary David Volkman, DeLuca wrote, “This is a District desperately in need of fresh insight and oversight. I once again implore you to take action for the betterment of this District before it's too late. I feel strongly the financial situation will not, nor cannot, improve without the intervention of the Commonwealth. Each action the Board takes confirms my belief.” DeLuca advised Volkman that while the district’s search may have yielded a qualified board member, the search process itself was deeply flawed. He pointed out, “The Board held little (if any) discussion and review of other, more qualified candidates. For example, with all the serious issues this District faces, the current Board passed over a doctorate graduate from MIT without careful consideration of his qualifications. I do not criticize the candidate they chose, I criticize the process. ln light of the fact that the wife and daughter of the candidate Read more

 

Rep. DeLuca’s pharmacy technician bill passes House

(May 09, 2017)

HARRISBURG, May 9 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, announced that the House has passed his bill that would require state registration for pharmacy technicians. House Bill 454 would require pharmacy technicians to hold a high school diploma or equivalent, pass a police background check and complete a board-approved training program before registering with the state. Currently, pharmacy technicians require no formal training and must only be supervised by a licensed pharmacist in order to assist in filling prescriptions. "This is a safety issue," DeLuca said. "We need to be able to guarantee that the people filling our prescriptions and handling dangerous and even addictive drugs on a daily basis are uniformly registered with the commonwealth. Requiring a base level of education, training and background checks will be a positive step in maintaining the safety of the prescription process. “In the real world, pharmacy technicians are the workers who fill the vast majority of the prescriptions at local pharmacies. This bill would ensure a base level of competence we all expect from the people responsible for filling our prescriptions. Errors cost money and can also cost lives.” Currently, 45 states require the registration of pharmacy technicians, including the neighboring states of Maryland and New Jersey. The bill now moves to the Senate for further consideration. “I Read more

 

DeLuca calls on State Government Committee chairman to consider his election reforms legislation

(Apr 11, 2017)

HARRISBURG, April 11 – In an effort to create a more open and equitable election process in Pennsylvania government, state Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, sent a letter to state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, majority chairman of the House State Government Committee, urging him to move a number of election process and financial pieces of legislation. In the letter, DeLuca called on Metcalfe, R-Butler, to consider H.B. 945, which would allow for same-day voter registration; H.B. 946, which would allow early voting starting 15 days before Election Day; H.B. 947, which would require elected officials to resign from their current position before running for a different elected office; and H.B. 951, which would require campaigners to move back 35 feet from a polling place. “In last year’s presidential election, less than 62 percent of all eligible Pennsylvanians voted,” DeLuca said. “While that number is slightly higher than the national rate of 58.1 percent, it is nothing to be proud of. Two out of every five voters did not let their voice be heard. “This group of bills all have the goal of making voting easier and more convenient for all Pennsylvanians. Why would Chairman Metcalfe not want to consider legislation that would make voting a more representative process for our commonwealth?” DeLuca’s letter also asks Metcalfe to consider H.B. 948, which would limit salary that legislators receive for services Read more

 

Rep. DeLuca announces nearly $400,000 in local sewer grants

(Mar 29, 2017)

PITTSBURGH, March 29 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, is proud to report that two local community sewer systems will receive state grants to aid in upgrading their service. O’Hara Township will receive a grant of $313,381 to extend a sewer line to Powers Run Road. The 3,050-linear foot line will connect and provide service to a portion of Fox Chapel Borough that is dealing with capacity issues. In exchange, Fox Chapel will accept sewage from an O’Hara pump station that has been experiencing a series of operational issues. Verona Borough will receive an $80,000 grant to rehabilitate up to 2,600 linear feet of sewer lines and 15 manholes. The borough system has been dealing with inflow and infiltration issues along Second and Third avenues, Vogels Lane, the alley between Third and Fourth avenues and Wood Street. The grants are being issued through the Department of Community and Economic Development’s Small Water and Sewer grant program. The funds under this grant program may be used for construction, repair or rehabilitation of a sewer or water system. "These improvements are critical for the local residents," DeLuca said. "Proper sewage treatment is essential for the health of all residents.” ### Read more

 

Healthcare Makes America Great

(Mar 27, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Tony DeLuca, Democratic Chair of the House Insurance Committee, speaks at a Capitol news conference and stresses the need to keep the Affordable Care Act because losing coverage could be the difference between life or death when unexpected medical issues arise. Read more

 

Democrats appeal to Congress to keep health care law

(Mar 22, 2017)

HARRISBURG, March 22 – With a moment of reckoning fast approaching in Congress, several Democratic state lawmakers outlined the catastrophic effects a repeal of the Affordable Care Act would have on Pennsylvania patients and families, people struggling with addiction to painkillers, and hospitals. House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody said the reckless action contemplated by President Trump and congressional Republican leaders puts the entire nation at risk. “If they are successful, the fallout will be felt in every Pennsylvania town and city, in every hospital emergency room, in every doctor’s office,” Dermody said. “We just can’t afford for that to happen. It would devastate our Commonwealth and lead to disease and deaths that can and must be prevented.” Rep. Anthony DeLuca, the Democratic chairman of the House Insurance Committee, noted the opposition of AARP and other groups representing older Americans. He said the stakes could not be higher. “Repealing the Affordable Care Act would send us back to a time when too many people couldn’t afford to buy health insurance, had no primary care physician, and all too often ended up in an emergency room with a medical crisis,” said DeLuca, D-Allegheny. “Emergency care is the most expensive kind of treatment and all of us end up paying for it when patients lack insurance.” Rep. Pam DeLissio, D-Phila./Montgomery, emphasized the human impact of doing Read more

 

Rep. DeLuca announces $2.4 million grant for Pittsburgh International Airport

(Feb 23, 2017)

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 23 – Gov. Tom Wolf announced that four state airports will share grants totaling nearly $6 million for upgrades, promoting services and educational opportunities. State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, is proud to report that Pittsburgh International Airport will receive the largest grant, $2.4 million. The grants are being issued through PennDOT's Multimodal Fund, which was created in 2013 as part of the state's transportation funding program under Act 89. The funds will be used for runway improvements, including repairing or upgrading joints and cracks in the runways, taxiways and apron areas. "These upgrades are critical for the future of the airport," DeLuca said. "We need to ensure the infrastructure is solid so the airport can maintain its record as one of the safest airports in the country. "Our local airport survived the loss of jobs when US Airways merged with American Airlines and eliminated the local hub. The airport is growing again, with a number of new carriers and routes recently being announced. Improving the runways and other parts of the tarmac are important for the long-term success of the airport." PennDOT's Multimodal Fund was created to provide Transportation Department funds for modes of transportation beyond the automobile, including trains, planes, waterways and also bicycle and pedestrian right-of-ways. The grant provides additional funding for a $1.38 million FAA Airport Read more

 

DeLuca announces Department of Aging grant for Plum Senior Community Center

(Feb 22, 2017)

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 22 – Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging Teresa Osborne announced a number of senior community center grants this afternoon. State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, is proud to report that the Plum Senior Community Center will receive a grant of $15,000. The funding was requested to expand and enhance the Center's Caregiver Support program, which offers advice and support for those providing care to physically disabled or mentally incapacitated family members at home. "This relatively new program has already proven its value to local families," DeLuca said. "The funds will help expand the program that currently serves about a dozen families. This extra funding will permit the center to add more families and will also help the center to bring in experts to speak on family care topics such as elder abuse, Alzheimer's care and caregiver support. "I would like to acknowledge Governor Wolf and the Department of Aging for their support of this grant and their recognition of the value of our seniors. I would also like to acknowledge the work of the center's executive director, Nina Segelson, who manages to create a full program schedule on a very minimal budget." ### Read more

 

Public hearing held on DeLuca's pharmaceutical transparency bill

(Feb 08, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 8 – The House Insurance Committee held a public hearing this morning on H.B. 161 , introduced by state Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, Democratic chairman of the House Insurance Committee. The bill would require increased pricing transparency from pharmaceutical companies in regard to the pricing of prescription medications. Testifiers included: Teresa Miller, Pennsylvania Insurance commissioner; Tara Ryan, vice president, state policy, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America; Samuel Marshall, president and CEO, Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania Inc.; Bob Baker, vice president, government affairs, Capital Blue Cross; Vince Phillips, Pennsylvania Association of Health Underwriters; Michael Yantis, vice president, state government affairs, Highmark Inc.; Kim Kockler, vice president government affairs, Independence Blue Cross; Ray Landis, advocacy manager, AARP Pennsylvania; and Pat Epple, CEO, Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association. During his opening remarks, DeLuca stated that the pharmaceutical industry "has a direct and significant impact on the public and it continues to operate with little to no transparency." DeLuca further pointed to recent massive price increases for established drugs and reminded those at the hearing that prescription drugs are the leading driver of increases in the health care system Insurance Commissioner Miller highlighted the fact that, Read more

 

Rep. DeLuca calls on President Trump to keep commitment to cure cancer

(Jan 25, 2017)

Recently the American Cancer Society released its annual report on cancer statistics and I am pleased to see that the war on cancer is making positive strides. Cancer touches virtually every family in our nation, and is the second-leading cause of death in the U.S. with approximately 1,650 people dying every day from some form of the disease. Almost 1.7 million people nationwide will receive the dreaded news that they have cancer in 2017; more than 77,000 of those people will be Pennsylvanians. Yet, it is important to note that great advances in treatment and detection are saving lives, preserving families and allowing people to continue to be productive citizens longer than ever before. More than 15.5 million Americans who were diagnosed with some form of cancer, were alive in the beginning of 2016, and we’ve seen a 25 percent decline in the cancer death rate in the past 20 years. However, there is still much work to be done. Advances in treatment such as immunotherapies and bio-technical research are changing the course of many forms of this disease. Lives are being saved and the future looks promising. But that future can only continue to shine brightly with the continued relentless dedication and devotion to finding a cure as has been put forth over the past few decades. Such research costs money and requires cooperation between entities. However, this research also relies on governmental support, not just financially, but administratively through policy Read more

 

DCNR grant will allow for tree planting to protect Plum Creek and other local waterfronts

(Jan 24, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 24 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, announced that the Allegheny County Conservation District has been awarded a $90,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The grant has been given under the DCNR Riparian Forest Buffer Grant Program, which will provide for the planting of up to 25,000 trees alongside a number of Pennsylvania streams. Plum Creek is one of five Allegheny County watersheds that will benefit from the grant to the Conservation District. The other county streams are Montour Run, Peters Creek, Turtle Creek and Streets Run. "Planting trees along the creek banks offers a lot of local benefits," DeLuca said. "The tree roots will provide protection from erosion and control runoff, helping to control flooding, and the shade will cool the water, which is good for trout." The grant is for a five-year program and the goal is to plant each watershed with 2 acres of trees. Plum Creek tree planting is expected to begin later this year. ### Read more

 

DeLuca: Blawnox getting $121,500 state grant for communication upgrades
Nov 13, 2017

Looking for health insurance duing open enrollment? Here's how to find help.
Oct 20, 2017

Exploring your health care insurance options key to affordable plan
Oct 17, 2017

Over 5 million Pennsylvanians at risk from Equifax data breach; Free identity theft protection, credit monitoring available for one year
Oct 03, 2017

DeLuca to hold Senior Fair on Oct. 5 at 3 Lakes Golf Course in Penn Hills
Sep 28, 2017

DeLuca introduces bill to ban unscrupulous charities
Sep 13, 2017

DeLuca leads call for Allegheny County resolution on healthcare
Jun 30, 2017

DeLuca: August is Kidney Cancer Awareness Month
Jun 19, 2017

DeLuca highlights voting modernization bills
Jun 13, 2017

DeLuca calls for Dept. of Education oversight for Penn Hills School District
May 30, 2017

Rep. DeLuca’s pharmacy technician bill passes House
May 09, 2017

DeLuca calls on State Government Committee chairman to consider his election reforms legislation
Apr 11, 2017

Rep. DeLuca announces nearly $400,000 in local sewer grants
Mar 29, 2017

Healthcare Makes America Great
Mar 27, 2017

Democrats appeal to Congress to keep health care law
Mar 22, 2017

Rep. DeLuca announces $2.4 million grant for Pittsburgh International Airport
Feb 23, 2017

DeLuca announces Department of Aging grant for Plum Senior Community Center
Feb 22, 2017

Public hearing held on DeLuca's pharmaceutical transparency bill
Feb 08, 2017

Rep. DeLuca calls on President Trump to keep commitment to cure cancer
Jan 25, 2017

DCNR grant will allow for tree planting to protect Plum Creek and other local waterfronts
Jan 24, 2017