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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 reappointed Democratic chairman of House Insurance Committee

(Jan 06, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, was reappointed this week to the post of Democratic chairman of the House Insurance Committee. "The Insurance Committee oversees a wide range of products that cover most people's daily lives," DeLuca said. "Most residents have some sort of life, health and auto insurance, but there are many other products which are regulated as well, including homeowners or renters insurance, home title insurance and even financial products such as annuities. “As Democratic Chairman of the Insurance Committee, I have requested the committee to begin the discussion of transparency for pharmaceutical costs since health insurance policies pay for the bulk of the costs of most prescriptions written today," DeLuca said. "I will also be reintroducing my Pharmaceutical Cost Transparency bill from last session. "Runaway costs of pharmaceuticals continue to be in the forefront of our news headlines. It is important to remember health insurers pay a majority of the costs for these drugs, while our constituents are also seeing increases in their insurance premiums, in part, because of prescription costs. The committee needs to review what is driving drug pricing overall. Transparency in pricing will help all parties involved and I am pleased to be the chairman of the committee which is undertaking this review." DeLuca has held the chairmanship of the committee Read more

 

DeLuca sworn into Pa. House of Representatives

(Jan 03, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, officially began his 18 th term as state representative after being sworn in during a ceremony at the state Capitol today. The swearing-in ceremony marked the beginning of the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s 201st legislative session. The legislature is mandated by the state constitution to convene at noon on the first Tuesday of January each year. DeLuca is expected to retain his post as Democratic chairman of the House Insurance Committee. "I am honored to continue to serve the people of the 32 nd Legislative District. As Insurance Committee chairman, I’ve fought hard for their access to quality and affordable health care at our region’s best medical facilities. I will continue to help residents navigate the health insurance climate in western Pennsylvania,” DeLuca said. “I also look forward to continuing work with Governor Tom Wolf’s administration to improve the quality of education for children throughout the commonwealth, better protect consumers and strengthen Pennsylvania’s economy.” Residents can sign up for periodic email updates from DeLuca on state issues and services by visiting his legislative website, www.pahouse.com/DeLuca , and clicking on the “Sign up for emails” link under the “Contact” button on the page. ### Read more

 

Penn Hills Municipal Building Improvements

(Nov 01, 2016)

The plans for the new municipal center. Read more

 

DeLuca: Penn Hills awarded $1 million grant for municipal complex construction

(Oct 31, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 31 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, announced that the municipality of Penn Hills has been awarded a $1 million grant through the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program to help fund the purchase of land and construction of a new municipal complex. The state-funded RACP assists communities in the acquisition and construction of economic, recreational, cultural, civic or historical improvement projects. Penn Hills will use the grant to help fund construction its new municipal complex at the site of the former Penn Hebron School on Duff Road. The building will house municipal offices, police and EMS, and will include a firefighting training area. It will also expand available parking more than four-fold. "Thank you to Governor Tom Wolf for moving this grant forward," DeLuca said. "When it is completed, the new building will offer a greener building, modern working accommodations for municipal employees and a public building we can all be proud of. The current building is not only too small and outdated, it also has many maintenance issues that Penn Hills would be forced to address in the near future." According to the Penn Hills website, the new building has a completion target date of spring 2018. ### Read more

 

DeLuca: Life insurance beneficiary bill awaits governor's signature

(Oct 26, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 26 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, announced that the House of Representatives has concurred in Senate amendments to a bill which would make it easier for a life insurance beneficiary to be notified following the death of a policyholder. House Bill 1403 would require life insurance companies to compare their policyholders against the master death list provided by the Social Security Administration on a semi-annual basis. "As Democratic chairman of the House Insurance Committee, I advocated for this bill because it offers protection to policyholders and their beneficiaries to ensure that policies pay out when the policyholder dies," DeLuca said. "Too often, a person may die leaving a beneficiary who is not aware of either the death or their status as a beneficiary. Currently, if a beneficiary does not file a claim, the insurance company can hold the account for up to 99 years." Under this bill, the insurance company would have to make an effort to contact beneficiaries once they are aware of the death via the master death list. If the beneficiary is unable to be found, the benefit would have to be turned over to the Pennsylvania Treasury Unclaimed Property Division after three years. "This bill is a common-sense change to current law, as the insurance companies currently review the master death list on a regular basis for annuity subscribers," DeLuca added. "This would just Read more

 

DeLuca: Plum, Penn Hills school districts to receive $1.1 million in construction grants

(Oct 24, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 24 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, announced that the Penn Hills and Plum school districts will receive a total $1.1 million in state grants to help pay for certain approved construction projects. DeLuca said the Plum Borough School District will receive $779,165 and the Penn Hills School District will receive $331,418, as part of the state's Commonwealth Financing Authority's PlanCon program. PlanCon reimburses school districts for specific repairs or construction projects. Funding was previously eliminated in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 budgets, leaving school districts without expected reimbursements for projects that had been in the works for months and years. DeLuca said he is pleased the legislature found another way to fund the program. "My colleagues in the legislature helped me remedy the funding shortage by authorizing the CFA to issue up to $2.5 billion in bonds over the next few years to ensure the schools receive the money promised to them from the state," DeLuca said. "This is good news for Pennsylvania schools, as they will soon begin receiving some of the state funding they were previously promised. I expect more bonds and more grants to be approved in the near future, as the state continues to support our public schools with all the construction money they have been promised." The CFA is expected to issue the first round of bonds in the next few weeks, which will then allow the money to be Read more

 

DeLuca bill would consider charity's expenses to claim sales tax exemption

(Oct 18, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 18 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, Democratic chairman of the House Insurance Committee, has introduced a bill that would require charities to spend at least 60 percent of their revenue on program expenses in order to qualify for a state sales tax exemption. Current state law only requires an organization to be licensed as a charity in order to qualify for the state sales tax exemption. "There have been too many reports of charities spending only a small portion of their expenses on the actual programs," DeLuca said. "Some organizations spend much more on promotional and other fundraising costs and exorbitant salaries for their CEOs. "This bill would protect Pennsylvania donors by ensuring that the money being donated is going for the purpose intended, and not to line a director's pockets. "The state should not be giving tax breaks to charities that do not spend a significant portion of their funding on their mission. We need to ensure the charities actually assist communities in order to qualify for this break. Donors deserve to know the money they are giving will benefit their intended groups," he said. DeLuca said he encourages potential donors to visit the Federal Trade Commission's charity website, ftc.gov/charityfraud to investigate the organizations before donating. ### Read more

 

DeLuca: State grant will assist disabled with home accessibility modifications

(Oct 17, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 17 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, announced that Allegheny County has received a state grant totaling $175,000 to help disabled residents make accessibility accommodations so they can remain in their current residences. Allegheny County has been awarded the grant as part of the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement fund, which is funded through Marcellus Shale impact fees. "These funds will help homeowners or renters in Allegheny County pay for accessibility improvements to allow permanently-disabled residents remain in their current homes," DeLuca said. "These improvements could include making entryways or bathrooms handicapped-accessible, among other changes. "Those who qualify for the grant program may also be eligible for additional state, local or federal funds." DeLuca encourages those who need to make these types of improvements to contact his office at (412) 793-2448 for help in applying. DeLuca added that these grants are available only for those in the county who live outside the Pittsburgh city limits. ### Read more

 

DeLuca bill would require rate-hike request notice for long-term care insurance

(Oct 12, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 12 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, Democratic chairman of the House Insurance Committee, has introduced a bill which would require insurance companies to notify their long-term care policy holders when the companies request to raise their rates. Current state law only requires insurance companies notify subscribers once the rate increase has gone into effect. "Consumers deserve the right to know a rate increase has been requested before it takes effect," DeLuca said. "The bill would also give policy holders the right to file comments with the Insurance Department for a period of 30 days." "Consumers expect to be notified of pending rate increases for most utilities which face government oversight, like home energy or water bills. They deserve the right to offer input on the cost increases planned for this critical insurance policy. "I realized that this is a critical issue earlier this year when some insurance companies requested rate increase that would have more than doubled their rates. Consumers need to be aware of those potential increases before they are approved," DeLuca continued, "And they deserve the right to comment on the impact the proposed increase would have." DeLuca expects his legislation will be referred to the House Insurance Committee for further consideration. ### Read more

 

DeLuca shredding event October 29, 2016

(Oct 07, 2016)

Rep. DeLuca is hosting a shredding event and drug take-back from 9-1 on Saturday, Oct. 29 Read more

 

DeLuca reminds Allegheny County restaurants that liquor licenses are available

(Sep 19, 2016)

DeLuca reminds Allegheny County restaurants that liquor licenses are available PITTSBURGH, Sept. 19 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, reminds local restaurant owners that the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is currently accepting bids for the first liquor license auction in Pennsylvania since the start of Prohibition. DeLuca said that with the passage of Act 39, the PLCB was granted the ability to issue a limited number of new restaurant licenses throughout the commonwealth. The licenses currently available were either not renewed or were revoked through legal channels or are inactive and no longer eligible for safekeeping. Allegheny County has four licenses up for auction out of the 40 that are for sale statewide. “This auction is an exciting new opportunity for local restaurant owners," DeLuca said. "Because of the limited availability, obtaining a liquor license is always a challenge." Bids for the licenses are due Thursday, Oct. 27, and auction winners will be determined the week of Oct. 31. Minimum bids are $25,000 and all bidders must submit a $5,000 surety deposit. High bidders will have two weeks to complete the bid payment and then six months to complete the license application. Following the completion of this auction, PLCB will hold additional auctions to return about 1,200 licenses to local communities over the next months and years. Potential bidders can direct any questions to DeLuca's office Read more

 

DeLuca advises 2017-18 college students that FAFSA can be filed Oct. 1

(Sep 15, 2016)

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 15 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, is informing students who plan to attend college in the 2017-18 school year that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid can be filed as of Oct. 1. "This is an important date change for almost every college student," DeLuca said. "The FAFSA form is a requirement for almost any application for student aid, whether through the school, the state or federal government or for private scholarships. The new application opening is three months earlier than previous years, and also, just as importantly, the new date means that the previous year's tax information will be used for the application." Under previous rules, applications were not available until Jan. 1 of the school term's calendar year and families were required to provide the tax information for the just-ended calendar year, which was not due to be filed until April. "Allowing the earlier application date, and the acceptance of the previous year's tax information will allow students to apply at their convenience and also reduce the stress of trying to prepare the necessary tax returns before all information is available," DeLuca said. DeLuca reminds all college-bound students that the FAFSA form must be filled out to be considered for any federal grants, student loans or work-study programs or any Pennsylvania state grants offered through PHEAA. The FAFSA form can be Read more

 

Senior Fair Planned

(Sep 06, 2016)

Consider attending Rep. DeLuca's senior fair Thursday, Oct. 6. Read more

 

DeLuca to Senate: Time to pass oral chemotherapy parity bill

(Jun 27, 2016)

HARRISBURG, June 27 – Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, today urged the state Senate to take action on H.B. 60 so that Pennsylvanians suffering from cancer can have access to the most appropriate treatment for their care. House Bill 60 would require health insurance providers that cover intravenous cancer chemotherapy to equally cover oral chemotherapy treatment, thereby giving patients the opportunity to choose their best treatment option. The bill passed the House in February 2015, but has yet to receive final passage from the Senate. "Partisanship and petty politics are something we face as lawmakers," DeLuca said. "However, this is not a partisan issue. It is a people issue and one that could affect all of us. Let's move past politics. I implore the Senate to bring up House Bill 60 for consideration.” DeLuca wrote to Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman in April, urging movement on this legislation. He said today that it appears the legislation only now finally has been jarred loose in the Senate, but the legislation will have to return to the House of Representatives for a concurrence vote on Senate changes. “I’m happy to see this legislation is finally being considered by the Senate. I will ask Speaker Mike Turzai and Leader Dave Reed to quickly bring up House Bill 60 for a concurrence vote. "House Bill 60 would dramatically improve the quality of life for countless cancer patients in the commonwealth. The stress of Read more

 

DeLuca commends auditor general on Penn Hills audit, expresses grave concern over results

(May 18, 2016)

HARRISBURG, May 18 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, said today that he was glad the state auditor general did a thorough audit of the Penn Hills School District, but had grave concerns about the findings. "The main focus of the Penn Hills School District, in fact all school districts, should be educating our children, but this audit proves that former Penn Hills district employees took considerable advantage of the public trust and the school board let it happen," DeLuca said. Last spring, DeLuca asked Auditor General Eugene DePasquale to conduct an audit of the school district's budget and spending practices after he grew concerned about reports of poor accounting practices, lack of oversight of daily operations and the overcommitment of funds for construction and building projects. DePasquale released his audit today, and the findings show that a long-term lack of oversight permitted financial mismanagement and illogical business decisions resulting in a $167 million outstanding debt and possible multiple criminal investigations. "The reports indicated that there was financial mismanagement taking place in the school district, but today's audit report is completely astounding," he said. "I thank Auditor General DePasquale for his efforts in helping to bring this information to light, and for forwarding his findings to the proper authorities for further investigation. With this comprehensive review, hopefully, the Read more

 

DeLuca bills would require public officials, employees to disclose amount of outside pay and limit legislators' outside pay

(Apr 08, 2016)

HARRISBURG, April 8 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, has introduced two bills designed to help restore Pennsylvanians' faith in their state government by requiring legislators to disclose any income received from outside employment and its amount. Current state law only requires elected officials and public employees to disclose the source of any income they've earned from jobs outside of their government position. H.B. 567 also would require them to list the amount earned from the outside work. House Bill 566 would limit all outside pay for state legislators to 35 percent of the base legislative salary. "There is the perception that Harrisburg is broken because it's too indebted to powerful and influential special interests. I believe we contribute to cynicism from Pennsylvania residents when we do not require outside income to be reported," DeLuca said. "The comprehensive financial disclosure and limits of outside income put forth in my bills will help public officials, employees and legislators avoid any real or perceived conflicts of interest, while at the same time reassure the public that we are working for them, not the special interests.” DeLuca's income disclosure bill is modeled after a Hawaii law that requires public employees and officials to report a range for each outside source of income. Those ranges would be: $1,000 - $74,999; $75,000 - $99,999; $100,000 - $149,999; $150,000 - Read more

 

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

DeLuca reappointed Democratic chairman of House Insurance Committee
Jan 06, 2017

DeLuca sworn into Pa. House of Representatives
Jan 03, 2017

Penn Hills Municipal Building Improvements
Nov 01, 2016

DeLuca: Penn Hills awarded $1 million grant for municipal complex construction
Oct 31, 2016

DeLuca: Life insurance beneficiary bill awaits governor's signature
Oct 26, 2016

DeLuca: Plum, Penn Hills school districts to receive $1.1 million in construction grants
Oct 24, 2016

DeLuca bill would consider charity's expenses to claim sales tax exemption
Oct 18, 2016

DeLuca: State grant will assist disabled with home accessibility modifications
Oct 17, 2016

DeLuca bill would require rate-hike request notice for long-term care insurance
Oct 12, 2016

DeLuca shredding event October 29, 2016
Oct 07, 2016

DeLuca reminds Allegheny County restaurants that liquor licenses are available
Sep 19, 2016

DeLuca advises 2017-18 college students that FAFSA can be filed Oct. 1
Sep 15, 2016

Senior Fair Planned
Sep 06, 2016

DeLuca to Senate: Time to pass oral chemotherapy parity bill
Jun 27, 2016

DeLuca commends auditor general on Penn Hills audit, expresses grave concern over results
May 18, 2016

DeLuca bills would require public officials, employees to disclose amount of outside pay and limit legislators' outside pay
Apr 08, 2016