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DeLuca champions Shapiro’s legal action against UPMC, calls for reconciliation between UPMC and Highmark

(Feb 07, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 7 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, Democratic chairman of the House Insurance Committee, today released the following statement regarding Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s decision to take legal action against UPMC and his calls for reconciliation between UPMC and Highmark: “I was proud to stand with Attorney General Josh Shapiro today on behalf of my district and the residents of western PA as we push to allow access to affordable, quality healthcare services for all residents, regardless of a their insurance provider. “This is a dispute that has gone on for far too long, prompting Shapiro’s office to intervene. What’s reassuring, though, is that the legal action taken by his office is for all the right reasons – the public’s health. “The health and well-being of residents has clearly taken a backseat to the ongoing dispute between both entities, but Shapiro’s actions seek to reverse this effect by ensuring patients have access to quality health services, which they fund through premiums, tax dollars and donations. “My colleagues and I are evaluating legislation that may or may not be needed to rectify this problem, but in the meantime I will continue to fully support Shapiro and his office in their initiative to rectify this problem and making the public’s health a priority.” Read more

 

Sen. Costa and Rep. DeLuca announce $3 million grant for project in Penn Hills

(Feb 01, 2019)

PENN HILLS, Feb. 1 --- Today, Sen. Jay Costa and Rep. Tony DeLuca announced $3 million in state funds for a roadway project in Penn Hills Township. The grant comes from the Multimodal Fund and will be used to repave and improve roadways throughout the township most in need of repair, complete ADA-compliant cut-outs and sidewalks, and make streets more accessible for bicycle traffic. “Livable, walkable communities are one of the reasons that folks move to our area and this grant will make huge improvements in accessibility for Penn Hills,” said Senator Costa. “I look forward to seeing this project through, and opening up our roadways for pedestrians and cyclists to commute safely.” "When one thinks of improving infrastructure, one tends to think of building a new road or fixing a bridge, but repaving roads and making them and sidewalks more pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly is all part of building better infrastructure, which is key in making one's community a safer place to live for everyone," DeLuca said. "This grant is welcome news." The Multimodal Transportation Fund provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to the residents of the commonwealth. Funds may be used for the development, rehabilitation and enhancement of transportation assets to existing communities, streetscape, lighting, sidewalk enhancement, pedestrian safety, Read more

 

Letter to Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera regarding Penn Hills School District tax increase waiver

(Feb 01, 2019)

Here's my letter to state Education Secretary Pedro Rivera, urging denial of Penn Hills School District's request for a waiver to raise property taxes above the state index. Read more

 

Food Bank Distribution for those affected by federal shutdown

(Jan 25, 2019)

The Food Bank is distributing food to those affected by the federal shutdown on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Read more

 

Auditor General DePasquale Comments on State Placing Penn Hills School District into Financial Recovery Status

(Jan 18, 2019)

I commend Auditor General Eugene DePasquale for his comments yesterday about the state’s decision to place the Penn Hills School District into financial recovery status. Here is his statement for more information on what led to the current situation Read more

 

$560,000 awarded to 16 Allegheny County school districts, charter schools

(Jan 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 17 – Sixteen education entities in Allegheny County today were awarded a total $560,000 in targeted grants provided through Gov. Tom Wolf’s PAsmart initiative, announced state Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation. The grants will fund training and equipment needed to prepare teachers and students for the expansion of computer science programs. Miller said each recipient will receive $35,000 through PAsmart, which has made Pennsylvania No. 2 in the nation for investing in K-12 STEM and computer science education. “The delegation is happy to announce this funding,” Miller said. “In the coming years, most jobs will require workers to use computers and advanced technology in an ever-changing workforce and economy. By providing this funding, we’re helping to ensure students and teachers will be adequately prepared to succeed in their line of work, and do so with confidence.” School districts and charter/intermediate unit schools awarded funding through PAsmart include: Baldwin-Whitehall School District (Reps. Harry Readshaw, Bill Kortz and Dan Miller) Carlynton School District (Reps. Anita Kulik and Dan Deasy) Chartiers Valley School District (Kulik and Miller) City Charter High School (Reps. Dan Frankel, Jake Wheatley, Adam Ravenstahl, Readshaw, Miller, Sara Innamorato, Deasy, Summer Lee and Ed Gainey) Deer Lakes School District (Rep. Frank Dermody) Duquesne Read more

 

DeLuca: Riverview School District gets $35,000 to enhance computer science programs

(Jan 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 17 – Computer science classes and teacher training at Riverview School District will be enhanced by a $35,000 state grant, announced state Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny. DeLuca said the district will receive the substantial grant under the PAsmart initiative, which has made Pennsylvania No. 2 in the nation for investing in K-12 STEM and computer science education. “The funding awarded through this program will allow students and teachers to succeed in a world that relies heavily on computers and technology,” DeLuca said. “We need to prepare future generations for a path to success, and the influx of money coming in to support the district’s computer sciences classes will do just that.” DeLuca said Riverview School District was among this round of targeted grant recipients, which include 221 school districts, two career and technical centers, 18 charter and cyber school, and eight intermediate units – each of which is receiving the maximum $35,000. Read more

 

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 champions Shapiro’s legal action against UPMC, calls for reconciliation between UPMC and Highmark
Feb 07, 2019

Sen. Costa and Rep. DeLuca announce $3 million grant for project in Penn Hills
Feb 01, 2019

Letter to Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera regarding Penn Hills School District tax increase waiver
Feb 01, 2019

Food Bank Distribution for those affected by federal shutdown
Jan 25, 2019

Auditor General DePasquale Comments on State Placing Penn Hills School District into Financial Recovery Status
Jan 18, 2019

$560,000 awarded to 16 Allegheny County school districts, charter schools
Jan 17, 2019

DeLuca: Riverview School District gets $35,000 to enhance computer science programs
Jan 17, 2019

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