Not happy with your Medicare Advantage choice? Change it!

(Jan 11, 2019)

Are you having second thoughts about your Medicare Advantage choice for 2019? If so, I want you to know you’re eligible for a one-time switch to another plan between now and March 31. Read more

 

OP-ED: Health care must remain accessible and affordable in PA

(Jan 11, 2019)

The Affordable Care Act, which finally made affordable, quality health insurance a reality for tens of millions of Americans and their families, has faced constant threats since it was passed by Congress in 2010, despite its success in reducing the rate of uninsured people in Pennsylvania and other states to the lowest level in history. The ACA expanded Medicaid, prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and placing annual and lifetime spending limits on coverage, and finally gives people who don't have health insurance through work an opportunity to purchase the coverage they and their families need at a price they can afford. Every insurance plan sold under the ACA must include 10 essential health benefits. Those include, among other things, emergency services, maternity and newborn care, pediatric services, mental health and substance abuse services, and chronic disease management. These services are vital to keeping individuals and families healthy, and our communities safe. The ACA also prohibits insurance companies from placing annual and lifetime dollar limits on your care. Before the ACA, these kinds of limits often left patients suffering from severe or chronic medical conditions with no coverage, no care, and no recourse. Health insurance plans should pay for the care you need when you need it. The Affordable Care Act finally made that a reality for Read more

 

Labor & Industry grant will help students looking to pursue careers in building and construction industry

(Jan 10, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 10 – An $115,641 business education partnership grant will provide Allegheny County students with hands-on exposure to careers in the building and construction industry, announced state Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation. “This grant money will have a positive impact on students from all House districts encompassed within the delegation,” Miller said. “The delegation is happy to announce this funding, as we all understand the importance of providing students with a means-to-an-end when it comes to choosing their prospective career paths. “Students looking to get involved in the building and construction industry will find the programs created by this funding to be not only rewarding, but also extremely informational and influential as they look to solidify their futures in the workforce.” Miller said the Three Rivers Workforce Development Board will join forces with PARTNER4WORK, a Pittsburgh-based workforce development organization, to carry out the three-pronged project. The first phase will include bringing together 14 building and construction unions, local colleges, businesses, students and others at the March 29 Building On … Careers in the Building and Construction Industry conference in Pittsburgh. The second phase involves the creation of the Summer in Trades internship program, which will provide students with hands-on experience and insight into the Read more

 

DeLuca reappointed Democratic chairman of House Insurance Committee

(Jan 07, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 7 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, has been reappointed to the post of Democratic chairman of the House Insurance Committee. “This committee is tasked with overseeing a wide range of products that cover most people’s daily lives, such as life, health and auto insurance," DeLuca said. "As Democratic chairman, I will continue to keep a close watch on consumer protections, notably as they relate to health care, including the Affordable Care Act. With many Pennsylvanians concerned about their access to quality health care, I will support efforts to ensure our residents have access to the services they deserve, including measures to protect their coverage for pre-existing conditions and banning arbitrary annual/lifetime health insurance coverage limits. “To that end, I am planning to introduce legislation with Representative Dan Frankel to safeguard essential health benefits, such as maternity care, mental health and prescription drugs, from federal interference. “High prescription drug costs also remain a concern across the commonwealth. I will urge the committee to look into the issues involved in drug pricing, including how the role of pharmacy benefit managers plays out in these costs. While health insurers still pay a significant share of drug costs, constituents are still seeing increases in their insurance premiums each year related to prescription coverage.” DeLuca has held chairmanship of the Read more

 

Seven Allegheny County members to lead key House committees

(Jan 07, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 7 – The Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation (ACHDD) today proudly announced that seven of its 16 members were appointed to key chair positions on House committees that handle major issues in western Pennsylvania and the state as a whole. State Rep. Dan Miller, chair of the ACHDD for the 2019-20 legislative session, noted the importance of the delegation’s appointments. “The ACHDD and its members take their responsibilities very seriously,” Miller said. “As Democrats, we will continue to prioritize family sustaining jobs, access to quality health care, and investments in education, and having so many of our members in the Caucus leadership will only aid in achieving those goals. Allegheny County will continue to be well-represented.” The newly appointed chairs and their committees include: Rep. Dan Deasy , Liquor Control Committee. Rep. Tony DeLuca , Insurance Committee. Rep. Dan Frankel , Health Committee. Rep. Bill Kortz , Game and Fisheries Committee. Rep. Rob Matzie , Consumer Affairs Committee. Rep. Harry Readshaw , Professional Licensure Committee. Rep. Jake Wheatley , Finance Committee. The appointments were announced by state Rep. Frank Dermody, also a member of the ACHDD, who recently was unanimously re-elected as the House Democratic Caucus leader. First-time chairs include Matzie, Kortz and Deasy. All leadership positions are determined every two years. The ACHDDs website, Read more

 

DeLuca sworn into Pa. House of Representatives

(Jan 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, officially began his 19 th term as state representative after being sworn in during today's ceremony at the state Capitol. The swearing-in ceremony marked the beginning of the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s 203rd legislative session. The legislature is mandated by the state constitution to convene at noon on the first Tuesday in January each year. Administering the oath of office this year was Judge D. Michael Fisher, a senior judge on the 3 rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. 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," DeLuca said. "As Insurance Committee chairman, I have fought to preserve pre-existing condition protections in health insurance, which are so important to the people of my district.” DeLuca plans to introduce legislation in the near future geared toward preserving essential health benefits for Pennsylvanians, in the event the Affordable Care Act is struck down. His legislation comes in wake of a recent Texas federal court judgment holding that the ACA is unconstitutional. Since its inception, 1.1 million Pennsylvanians have gained access to health insurance through the ACA. “I also look forward to continuing work with Governor Tom Wolf’s administration to put people ahead of politics and special interests, as well Read more

 

Working to protect your health care coverage

(Dec 28, 2018)

As Democratic Chairman of the House Insurance Committee, one of my most important priorities is ensuring Pennsylvanians’ continued access to comprehensive health care coverage. You may have heard about a recent Texas federal court decision holding that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. I want to assure you that the Texas ruling will not affect Pennsylvanians’ newly purchased or existing 2019 health insurance coverage. In the future, however, were the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the decision, it could end or seriously compromise coverage for millions of Americans, including as many as 1.1 million Pennsylvanians who have relied on essential health benefits for maternity care, prescription drugs, mental health and substance abuse disorders, and more. Fortunately, we don’t have to sit by and watch as our right to comprehensive health care coverage hangs in the balance. Legislation I recently introduced together with Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, would safeguard essential health benefits from federal interference by guaranteeing these protections under state law. Specifically, our bill would write these federal essential health benefits into state law so they can’t be taken away. The benefits include ambulatory patient services; emergency services; hospitalization; maternity and newborn care; mental health and substance abuse disorder services, including behavioral health treatment; prescription drugs; rehabilitation and habilitation Read more

 

Avoid scammers and bogus charities this holiday season

(Dec 20, 2018)

The holiday season is officially upon us, and while I’m sure you’re gearing up for yet another eventful celebration, I want to remind you of the deception that accompanies the winter months. Read more

 

I oppose the anti-health care ruling in Texas

(Dec 18, 2018)

You may have heard about a recent decision from a Texas federal court judgment holding that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. I want to reassure you that the decision will not affect Pennsylvanians’ newly purchased or existing 2019 coverage. The decision – if upheld – could be a disastrous one that could derail the tremendous progress we have made. Since the passage of the ACA, 1.1 million Pennsylvanians and millions more across the nation have gained access to health insurance and rely on its continued existence. We need to ask ourselves an important question: Do we want to return to a time when individuals with pre-existing conditions were charged exorbitant amounts for health care or denied health care all together? Or do we want to continue the progress in our fight to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have access to health care? As a cancer survivor, I understand how important health insurance is to your fight and recovery, and I vow to do all I can to continue to protect comprehensive health coverage for Pennsylvanians. I want to reiterate that the ruling will not affect newly purchased or existing 2019 coverage. Those currently covered under the ACA still have coverage and protections for pre-existing conditions, preventive care, mental health and substance abuse disorder, prescription drugs, and access to clinical trials. Rest assured, our fight is far from over. I will remain steadfast in my commitment to ensure that all Read more

 

Penn Hills High School Indians win PIAA Class 5A championship!

(Dec 11, 2018)

Congratulations to the Penn Hills High School Indians on winning the PIAA Class 5A championship title over the weekend in Hershey! This group of talented young athletes has played maturely and skillfully throughout the entire season and is so deserving of this glory and recognition. You truly are a credit to your family and coaches. Your good sportsmanship and drive to win has also not been lost on the community. The Big Red team has helped ignite a renewed sense of pride in Penn Hills that has been dwindling in the last several years. Thanks boys! Read more

 

Time is running out to enroll in 2019 Individual Health Insurance

(Dec 10, 2018)

The deadline to enroll in 2019 individual health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act is fast approaching! Read more

 

Rep. DeLuca's 2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar

(Dec 03, 2018)

Click the link above to download Rep. DeLuca’s 2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar. Read more

 

Life Insurance Policy Locator Service matches PA consumers with lost insurance policies

(Nov 27, 2018)

A free service provided by the Pennsylvania Insurance Department has been successfully matching consumers throughout the state with lost insurance policies and proceeds due under those policies. Since its inception in November 2016, the Life Insurance Policy Locator Service has matched more than 1,500 Pennsylvania beneficiaries with nearly $13 million in life insurance benefits. In the past 12 months, the service has matched beneficiaries with policies totaling nearly $4.8 million. As Democratic chairman of the House Insurance Committee, I’m delighted that I was able to help enact legislation establishing this valuable consumer service. You can read more about the service here and see a list of frequently asked questions here . If you have additional questions, feel free to contact my office or call the state Insurance Department’s Consumer Services Bureau at 1-877-881-6388. Read more

 

DeLuca reminds Penn Hills residents to attend local budget hearings

(Nov 13, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 13 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca wants Penn Hills residents to be aware of two upcoming public budget hearings that will address township proposals for eliminating a 2019 budget shortfall. DeLuca noted that Penn Hills’ preliminary budget shows a $1.4 million deficit. To eliminate that shortfall, he said the municipal manager has proposed several solutions, including increasing residents’ property taxes and/or charging a monthly fee for garbage collection. The garbage collection fee is proposed for at least three years, with a yearly rate increase. He urged all residents to attend the meetings so they can make their voices heard to the mayor and council. “Penn Hills residents are the ones who will be affected by these proposals,” DeLuca said. “It’s of paramount importance that they participate and have a say in the matter.” Deluca noted that the hearings will be held at the Penn Hills Government Center, 102 Duff Road, at the following times: 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17 He added that residents can also stop in at the center from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to review the proposed local budget. Final budget adoption is slated for Friday, Dec. 28. Read more

 

More than words; how Pennsylvania supports veterans

(Nov 08, 2018)

As Veterans Day nears, I wanted to share information on programs that benefit veterans and their families. To those from Allegheny County who have bravely served our country, thank you and Happy Veterans Day. Read more

 

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Nov 05, 2018)

The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. LIHEAP offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000 that are sent directly to the utility company to defray heating costs for eligible households, and crisis benefits of up to $600 for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Remember: These are grants and do not have to be repaid. This season’s income guidelines for both LIHEAP cash and crisis grants are $18,210 for an individual, $24,690 for couples and increases for each additional person in the household. Please click here for more LIHEAP information. Please consider visiting my office if you need help filing a LIHEAP application. Besides my office, LIHEAP information is available by: Contacting local County Assistance offices by phone or in person. Calling the LIHEAP Client Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 or PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired. Applying online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us . Read more

 

DeLuca reminds Medicare beneficiaries that open enrollment ends Dec. 7

(Oct 29, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 29 – As Democratic chairman of the House Insurance Committee , state Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, is reminding all Medicare beneficiaries that open enrollment is going on now through Dec. 7. “This is an important period, because it gives beneficiaries a chance to assess whether they’re getting what they need from their plans and, if necessary, to change their plans and prescription drug coverage to better suit their needs,” DeLuca said. Any changes will take effect at the start of the new year. Additionally, the in-network relationship between UPMC and Highmark will end after June 30, 2019. DeLuca said that Medicare beneficiaries should plan accordingly now. “When you’re choosing a health insurance plan, be sure to ask your insurer if you will have in-network access to the providers and hospitals you want,” he said. “It’s important to review all supplemental plans before making choices because some may provide patients coverage for both UPMC and Highmark hospitals/doctors.” DeLuca added that if residents seem overwhelmed by the choices, there is an excellent resource they can turn to for help: APPRISE – Pennsylvania’s free health insurance counseling program – helps Medicare beneficiaries explore their options and make the health insurance coverage decisions that are best for them. Beneficiaries can call and schedule an appointment to meet one-on-one, free of charge, Read more

 

Where to vote in the municipality of Penn Hills on Election Day

(Oct 24, 2018)

Three polling places in the municipality of Penn Hills have been changed. Read more

 

Senior prescription program expanded to help more people

(Oct 23, 2018)

Legislation that I supported now helps more seniors get their prescription medication. Read more

 

Wolf Administration Announces Approved 2019 ACA Health Insurance Rates, Highlighting Rate Decreases, More Consumer Choice

(Oct 18, 2018)

I commend the Insurance Commissioner and the Wolf Administration for working hard to keep individual market premiums from rising out of control. Read more

 

Not happy with your Medicare Advantage choice? Change it!
Jan 11, 2019

OP-ED: Health care must remain accessible and affordable in PA
Jan 11, 2019

Labor & Industry grant will help students looking to pursue careers in building and construction industry
Jan 10, 2019

DeLuca reappointed Democratic chairman of House Insurance Committee
Jan 07, 2019

Seven Allegheny County members to lead key House committees
Jan 07, 2019

DeLuca sworn into Pa. House of Representatives
Jan 01, 2019

Working to protect your health care coverage
Dec 28, 2018

Avoid scammers and bogus charities this holiday season
Dec 20, 2018

I oppose the anti-health care ruling in Texas
Dec 18, 2018

Penn Hills High School Indians win PIAA Class 5A championship!
Dec 11, 2018

Time is running out to enroll in 2019 Individual Health Insurance
Dec 10, 2018

Rep. DeLuca's 2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar
Dec 03, 2018

Life Insurance Policy Locator Service matches PA consumers with lost insurance policies
Nov 27, 2018

DeLuca reminds Penn Hills residents to attend local budget hearings
Nov 13, 2018

More than words; how Pennsylvania supports veterans
Nov 08, 2018

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open
Nov 05, 2018

DeLuca reminds Medicare beneficiaries that open enrollment ends Dec. 7
Oct 29, 2018

Where to vote in the municipality of Penn Hills on Election Day
Oct 24, 2018

Senior prescription program expanded to help more people
Oct 23, 2018

Wolf Administration Announces Approved 2019 ACA Health Insurance Rates, Highlighting Rate Decreases, More Consumer Choice
Oct 18, 2018