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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

 

DeLuca secures $288,000 recycling grant award for Penn Hills

(Oct 12, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 12 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, announced today that Penn Hills was awarded a $288,000 Recycling Development and Implementation Grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. DeLuca, who advocated for the grant, said it can be used for a number of things. Funding eligibility is allocated for expanding recycling processing facilities, installing data collection systems on recycling vehicles, continuing or creating curbside recycling programs, developing educational materials or operating leaf compost facilities. “Recycling can be done in different ways, but they all have the same result in bettering our communities,” DeLuca said. “Recycling is environmentally friendly and makes economic sense. It’s just a great thing to do.” In 2015, the state recycled over 7.78 million tons of resources, which resulted in more than 10.1 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions removed from the air, saving 1.4 million in electricity in American homes per year or 2.12 million in passenger vehicles taken off the road for a year, according to DEP. Nearly 200 county and municipal governments were awarded grants for recycling collections, education and leaf litter pickup. Up to 90 percent of approved recycling program costs are eligible under the grant program. For more information on the grants visit the DEP’s website . Read more

 

Grants awarded to improve school safety in schools

(Oct 04, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 4 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, today announced $43,000 in state grants was awarded to the Plum Borough School District and the Fox Chapel Area School District to improve safety in schools. The Plum Borough School District was funded with a $30,000 grant to provide training and compensation for school resource officers, DeLuca said. This is the second year of the funding for the district. The Fox Chapel Area School District was awarded $13,000 to a program to reduce unnecessary student disciplinary actions and promote a safer learning environment, in addition to enhancing antiviolence efforts between schools, parents, law enforcement and community organizations. “No student, educator, parent or guardian should ever feel unsafe when attending, working or dropping their child off at school,” DeLuca said. “Providing extra security measures is a step in the right direction to ensuring that our students remain secure while they receive their education.” Seventy-five school entities, municipalities and police departments were awarded part of the $3.3 million for SRO compensation. SROs are law enforcement officers from local or state law enforcement agencies assigned to schools in cooperative agreements with education officials. Applicants were eligible for up to $60,000 in grants. Approximately $1.04 million was awarded to 60 public schools to establish and implement programs to prevent and reduce violent Read more

 

DeLuca: Republican majority bill that would replace vehicle leases with mileage reimbursement for official travel would hurt taxpayers

(Oct 03, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 3 – A bill the House majority passed Monday that would eliminate leased vehicles for General Assembly members and require a mileage reimbursement program is nothing more than a “feel-good” measure that would end up costing taxpayers more in the long run, according to state Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny. DeLuca said the bill – designed to look like a cost-saving measure – would instead leave taxpayers footing the additional bill in many cases. “On Monday, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives again went the path of partisanship and election-year politics by voting to pass this terrible bill,” DeLuca said. “Why would we want to do away with a program that costs less? The answer is that the majority under the guise of ‘good government’ wants to advance what amounts to a feel-good bill to be used for a headline or talking points in this re-election year.” DeLuca said under the current system, General Assembly members may use fleet vehicles owned by the Department of General Services – the agency responsible for leasing vehicles in the commonwealth. The DGS cost on leased vehicles is 25 cents per mile. House Bill 482 would eliminate use of DGS-owned vehicles and instead reimburse members for their miles logged on their personal vehicles at a rate of nearly 55 cents per mile. DeLuca offered the following numbers to make the difference clear: Members of the General Assembly Read more

 

Join me for my Senior Fair this Thursday!

(Oct 01, 2018)

My Senior Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Oct. 4 at the Comfort Inn on Rodi Road. Read more

 

Penn Hills in line to get $530K in grants for sewer, water infrastructure

(Oct 01, 2018)

Featured article regarding funding for Penn Hills. Read more

 

DeLuca: DEP to host public hearing on injection well on Oct. 1

(Sep 18, 2018)

The DEP will host a public meeting at 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 1 at the Plum Borough School District's Oblock Junior High School Auditorium, 440 Presque Isle Drive, Pittsburgh. Read more

 

DeLuca announces state grants awarded for local projects

(Sep 18, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, announced today that $832,051 in state grants has been awarded for five projects within his legislative district. The Commonwealth Financing Authority has awarded funding for the following: $418,200 to Penn Hills to replace a section of the Lime Hollow Road sewer line to meet the requirements of the wet weather design flows approved by the Department of Environmental Protection; $110,517 to the Wilkinsburg Penn Joint Water Authority to upgrade a water storage tank in the Municipality of Penn Hills to address water age issues; $78,334 to Verona Borough to rehabilitate sewer lines and manholes to repair its sanitary system; $150,000 to Oakmont Borough in Greenways, Trails and Recreation funds for phases two and three of the Plum Creek Trail System in Oakmont and Verona boroughs and the Municipality of Penn Hills. Phase two includes removing fill to improve flood carrying capacity and Phase three consists of a bridge and trail accessible to walkers, runners and bicyclists; and $75,000 to the Borough of Plum in Greenways, Trails and Recreation funds for improvements to Renton Park, including a new play area, new play structures and a poured in soft surface. “This funding will allow us to replace sewer lines and address any archaic issues with our water system,” DeLuca said. “Water infrastructure can affect our public health, so it’s important that we Read more

 

DeLuca: PIDA has approved a low-interest loan for TruFood Mfg., Inc. to expand in RIDC Industrial Park in O’Hara Township

(Sep 05, 2018)

The project is expected to create over 50 jobs and keep 470 jobs within three years. Read more

 

To honor a true American hero, let’s end the partisan politics that divide us

(Aug 29, 2018)

On behalf of myself and my colleagues in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, I want to offer our deepest sympathies to the family of Senator John McCain, who gave so much to make this country a better place. From war hero to political icon, McCain lived his life according to the dictates of his own conscience, never yielding to corrupt or threatening influences, no matter how powerful. Outspoken and unswayed by political pressure, McCain was never afraid to cross the aisle when he believed the issue demanded it, and he was never afraid to stand up and speak out for what he believed was right. He respected – and was respected by – those on both sides. Graceful both in victory and defeat, he represented the best in non-partisan politics. As our country honors McCain with tributes to his remarkable life, there is another way my colleagues and I – as representatives of the people – can honor his spirit. In his recently published memoir, “The Restless Wave,” McCain described a wish, writing: “Before I leave, I'd like to see our politics begin to return to the purposes and practices that distinguish our history from the history of other nations. I would like to see us recover our sense that we are more alike than different.” Sadly, McCain never lived to see this happen. But his words challenge us to keep trying. They challenge us to ask: How we can do our part, as representatives of the people, to change the Read more

 

YMCA letters: My request and their response

(Aug 24, 2018)

I sent a letter to the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh regarding and attached is their response. Read more

 

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

DeLuca secures $288,000 recycling grant award for Penn Hills
Oct 12, 2018

Grants awarded to improve school safety in schools
Oct 04, 2018

DeLuca: Republican majority bill that would replace vehicle leases with mileage reimbursement for official travel would hurt taxpayers
Oct 03, 2018

Join me for my Senior Fair this Thursday!
Oct 01, 2018

Penn Hills in line to get $530K in grants for sewer, water infrastructure
Oct 01, 2018

DeLuca: DEP to host public hearing on injection well on Oct. 1
Sep 18, 2018

DeLuca announces state grants awarded for local projects
Sep 18, 2018

DeLuca: PIDA has approved a low-interest loan for TruFood Mfg., Inc. to expand in RIDC Industrial Park in O’Hara Township
Sep 05, 2018

To honor a true American hero, let’s end the partisan politics that divide us
Aug 29, 2018

YMCA letters: My request and their response
Aug 24, 2018