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DeLuca: An update on short-term limited-duration health insurance

(Aug 21, 2018)

Insurers who sell or plan to sell short-term, limited-duration (STLD) health insurance plans, must file or refile their plans in order to comply with new federal regulations. Read more

 

DeLuca: Local facility issued medical marijuana grower/processor permit

(Aug 01, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 1 – A local facility is among 13 companies issued grower/processor permits for Phase II of the state’s Medical Marijuana Program, state Rep. Tony DeLuca announced today. The permit to Maitri Genetics, LLC, will allow the company to move forward with plans to ready its O’Hara Township facility for growing and processing operations. DeLuca said he is thrilled about the decision to grant Maitri the permit, noting that expanding the program will bring a critical resource to Pennsylvanians suffering from serious medical conditions. State law currently authorizes medical marijuana use for 21 different conditions. “For patients with debilitating pain, medical marijuana is more than just an option – it can be a lifeline,” DeLuca said. “I applaud the Wolf administration for issuing this permit to Maitri Genetics. It’s a move that will allow us to ease the suffering of patients in our region, while at the same time creating jobs and strengthening the local economy.” The latest round of permits is part of the Wolf administration’s plan to make medical marijuana available to every part of the state, including the southwest region. The state’s Medical Marijuana Program was signed into law in 2016, and Phase I involved laying the framework for the new program, which is being fully implemented and expanded in Phase II. To date, more than 52,000 patients and 1,000 physicians have registered to Read more

 

Shredding Event - Sept. 8 / 2018 Senior Fair - Oct. 4

(Jul 30, 2018)

Shredding Event - Sept. 8 and 2018 Senior Fair - Oct. 4 Read more

 

Good news from the state Insurance Commissioner

(Jul 23, 2018)

There’s good news today from the state Insurance Commissioner, who released the 2019 requested rate filings for individual and small-group health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act. The rate filings show a healthy, competitive insurance market in the commonwealth, with minimal rate increases and additional choices for consumers. Read more

 

DEP Issues a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day Forecast for the Pittsburgh Area for June 29, 2018

(Jun 28, 2018)

DEP Issues a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day Forecast for the Pittsburgh Area for June 29, 2018 Read more

 

DeLuca-amended bill passes House, heads to governor’s desk for signing

(Jun 19, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 19 – On Monday, H.B. 152 , which would assist beneficiaries in determining if a decedent had a life insurance policy in place, unanimously passed the House, according to state Rep. Tony DeLuca. “I’m happy to announce the passing of House Bill 152,” said DeLuca, D-Allegheny. “This is an important bill for consumer protection, and I’m glad to see that my previous legislation, House Bill 2434, was amended into this bill as a means of guaranteeing consumers are given the ample protection they deserve.” House Bill 2434 , which was amended into H.B. 152 by the state Senate, would establish criteria to ensure people have been reasonably informed about various policy features of an annuity before it is purchased; including surrender fees, investment advisory fees and tax penalties, among other consumer protections. If signed into law, DeLuca’s provision would update the suitability of annuity transactions of the Insurance Company Law and would prohibit an insurer from issuing an annuity recommendation to a consumer, unless there is a reasonable basis to believe that the annuity is in the best interest of the consumer. “Determining suitability would be based on the consumer’s information, including age, income, financial experience, risk tolerance and other factors,” DeLuca said. “Having this protection is of the utmost importance to our senior citizens, but this also provides all Read more

 

DEP Reminds Homeowners to Check for Mine Subsidence Risks

(Jun 14, 2018)

Pennsylvania homeowners have new tools at their disposal to identify risks and insure their property from underground mine subsidence, thanks to a newly revamped website from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Read more

 

DeLuca calls upon Republican committee chairman to release bill package

(Jun 13, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 13 – Today, state Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, again called upon the State House Government Committee chairman to release his package of “good government” bills, which were referred to the committee more than a year ago. It’s Deluca’s third attempt in roughly two months to have the bill package – geared toward increasing political transparency and expanding voter rights throughout the commonwealth – released from the committee. “It’s been well over a year since Speaker of the House Mike Turzai referred my bills to this committee,” DeLuca said. “These bills will benefit all Pennsylvanians and provide transparency for politicians in Harrisburg, something which has been missing for quite some time. However, that doesn’t seem to matter to the committee chairman, who openly admitted to blocking bills sponsored by House Democrats.” In April, Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler, chairman of the House State Government Committee, acknowledged on his official state representative Facebook page that he blocks “all substantive Democrat legislation” sent to his committee. Today, DeLuca called upon Metcalfe to release H.B. 946 , H.B. 948 and H.B. 949 , three of the five measures included in his “good government” bill package. House Bill 946 would permit early voting; H.B. 948 would limit outside income for legislators to 35 percent of their base legislative pay; and Read more

 

DeLuca: Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program extended

(Jun 11, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 11 – Recently it was announced that the deadline to apply for the state Department of Revenue’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended to Dec. 31. This program is targeted to provide property tax and rent relief to older and disabled adults, so I encourage you to apply if you qualify. The maximum standard rebate is $650. Eligibility includes: Pennsylvanians 65 or older; widows and widowers 50 and older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. Residents who have an income limit of $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters; half of Social Security income is excluded. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may also file rebate claims on behalf of claimants who lived at least one day in 2017 and meet all other criteria. For more information, call my office at 412-793-2448 or click here . Read more

 

DeLuca legislation looks to free stalled bills in House committees

(Jun 07, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 7 – In response to a Republican committee chairman who openly admitted to blocking bills sponsored by House Democrats, state Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, today introduced legislation geared toward releasing stalled bills from House committees. If adopted, H.R. 955 would make bills eligible for discharge from House committees after 15 calendar days instead of 15 legislative days. This measure, also known as a discharge resolution, is used to force a stalled bill out of a House committee. DeLuca said if two-thirds of the House members wish to move a bill out of a committee and sign the resolution, the bill would be put on the calendar and then considered on the next scheduled legislative day. “As you probably know, some chairmen openly refuse to move bills, regardless of their merit and importance, simply because they’re sponsored by a member of the opposing party,” DeLuca said. “This is the epitome of what’s wrong with politics in Harrisburg. Committees are designed to consider and improve bills so they can be openly debated among the full House. When chairmen make the decision to bottle up good bills that benefit the people, they betray the trust of all Pennsylvanians.” The resolution comes on the heels of DeLuca’s package of “good government” bills aimed at increasing political transparency and expanding voter rights throughout the commonwealth. They include: H.B. 945 , which Read more

 

Fox Chapel Area High School awarded Civic Engagement Gold Level Award

(Jun 06, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 6 – Last week, Fox Chapel Area High School was awarded the governor's Civic Engagement Gold Level Award, commemorating the efforts of the next generation of leaders to educate, engage and inform their fellow students on how they can get involved in the voting process. Through the leadership of their peers, an impressive 85.3 percent of Fox Chapel Area High School's eligible seniors registered this year to vote, DeLuca said. The award was presented by Peter Speaks, deputy secretary for regulatory programs for the Pennsylvania Department of State. The award is co-sponsored by the Department of State, the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Inspire U.S., a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that offers guidance to students on how to conduct a voter registration drive. DeLuca said students gave presentations to their peers during social studies classes. They then followed up with their classmates to see if they could be of assistance during the registration process. They also held a voter registration drive during lunch periods, DeLuca said. DeLuca was invited to participate in the awards program, and he presented citations that he drafted from the House of Representatives to the high school’s administration and the 12 seniors who led the registration project. "This remarkable voter registration project is proof that you take the future of your hometown, your county, your state and your country seriously," DeLuca Read more

 

Health Insurance Plan Rates Stabilize, Offer More Choice for Consumers Despite Federal Government Sabotage

(Jun 05, 2018)

Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman today announced that health insurance rates in Pennsylvania have moderated significantly, counter to the national trend, after Wolf Administration efforts to combat the effects of sabotage on health insurance markets by the federal government and specifically the Trump Administration to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Read more

 

DeLuca bill would update annuity transaction law

(Jun 04, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 4 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, is pleased that his legislation – which would ensure that annuity purchasers in the commonwealth are suited with the correct annuity products that best serve their needs – was approved today by the House Insurance Committee. House Bill 2434 would establish criteria to ensure consumers have been reasonably informed about various policy features of an annuity; including surrender fees, investment advisory fees and tax penalties, among other consumer protections before the annuity is purchased. “It is imperative to have strong standards in place to provide our residents with clear and appropriate sales, marketing and financial advice relating to the purchase and management of annuity contracts from insurers and insurance producers,” DeLuca said. “My bill would also institute training requirements for insurers and their producers who sell annuities.” DeLuca’s proposal would update the suitability of annuity transactions of the Insurance Company Law and would prohibit an insurer from issuing an annuity recommendation to a consumer, unless there is a reasonable basis to believe that the annuity is in the best interest of the consumer. “A determination of suitability would be based on the consumer’s information, which includes the age, income, financial experience and objectives, liquidity needs, risk tolerance, tax status and other factors,” DeLuca Read more

 

DeLuca: Home safety tips for the summer outlined by Wolf administration

(May 31, 2018)

Information to protect your home while away on vacation Read more

 

Penn Hills school awarded almost $5,000 for breakfast program

(May 17, 2018)

HARRISBURG, May 17 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, announced that Linton Middle School in the Penn Hills School District was awarded a grant in order to help make breakfast more available to students. Linton Middle School , which serves about 966 students in grades 5-8, was granted $4,998 through the School Breakfast Initiative. The funds can be used to implement or expand alternative breakfast options ranging from breakfast in the classroom, to grab-and-go, or second chance breakfast during study hall. “No child should start the day hungry,” DeLuca said. “Ensuring that our children have a breakfast in the morning will help them to focus more on learning, socializing with peers and help them to lead healthier lives.” The goal of the School Breakfast Initiative is to increase and sustain breakfast participation by 20 percent. Additionally, the 60 percent of students who benefit from free and reduced lunch, will also participate in school breakfast by the year 2020. More than half of the students who attend Linton are economically disadvantaged. In Allegheny County, 17 percent of children are faced with food insecurity, based on 2016 statistics from Just Harvest . Read more

 

Wolf Administration Awards Funding to Help Homeowners Identify Potential Mine Subsidence Risks

(May 11, 2018)

Two univeristies and an organization were awarded state DEP grants in order to help homeowners idenfiy areas where mine subsidence could occur and ultimately damage homes Read more

 

DeLuca: Be wary of caller posing as state Insurance Department employee

(May 10, 2018)

HARRISBURG, May 10 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, is warning constituents to be vigilant of a caller masking as an employee of the Pennsylvania Insurance Department in order to obtain personal insurance information. The calls were made to Pittsburgh-area residents who were asked questions pertaining to Medicare supplemental coverage and then were offered visits to their homes. “I want to remind you that you should not give out personal information to anyone who calls without warning,” DeLuca said. “Always remain cautious, and if you should receive a call from an individual regarding health care coverage that you’re not sure about, please report it to the Insurance Department or your local law enforcement agency.” If you have received a suspicious call, call the Insurance Department’s consumer hotline at (877) 881-6388 or contact the Pennsylvania Attorney General at (800) 441-2555. DeLuca serves as Democratic chairman of the House Insurance Committee . Read more

 

DeLuca hosting free shredding event May 14

(May 08, 2018)

HARRISBURG, May 8 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, will sponsor a free paper shredding event, weather permitting, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, May 14 in the parking lot of Alcoma Plaza where his office is located, 7205 Saltsburg Road in Penn Hills. The event is for individuals only, no businesses. Only paper will be accepted. No electronics, floppy discs, CDs or DVDs, magazines, telephone books, spiral notebooks or binders will be accepted. Rubber bands and paper clips must be removed from all papers. “This is an opportunity for the community to come and dispose of important documents safely,” DeLuca said. “Protecting your information by shredding them is a safe measure to get rid of things you no longer need.” All papers must be in paper bags or plastic trash bags; no boxes. Additionally, DeLuca is accepting unexpired, non-perishable food items to donate to the local food bank. A donation is not required to participate in the shredding event. For more information, call 412-793-2448. Read more

 

DeLuca: New brochure offers help to drivers switching insurance

(May 04, 2018)

HARRISBURG, May 4 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, said a brochure is now available for drivers who switch automobile insurance and may not know how or whom to inform of the change. The brochure, “ You Just Changed Auto Insurance Now What ?” provides information from the Pennsylvania Insurance Department as to how consumers can coordinate with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to avoid confusion when switching auto insurance companies. “Sometimes the smallest thing like switching your car insurance and forgetting to inform PennDOT, can cause a disruption with your vehicle registration,” DeLuca said. “That is why this brochure is so helpful, because it acts as a guide of what you need to know when changing your car insurance.” Contrary to what many drivers believe, your insurance carrier is not required to notify PennDOT that you switched insurers, DeLuca said. They are only required to inform PennDOT when your insurance has been canceled. If a driver fails to report their new insurance, they receive a letter and if they don’t respond to that, they could incur fees and have their vehicle registration suspended. The brochure also provides information on what to do should you feel your insurance company has terminated your coverage in error or if you have a general question or complaint. DeLuca serves as Democratic chairman of the House Insurance Committee . Read more

 

DeLuca: State Insurance Department releases brochures to help home-based and small-business owners

(May 02, 2018)

HARRISBURG, May 2 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, said two brochures are available to help home-based and small-business owners make sure they have adequate insurance coverage and to navigate how to file claims should storm damages occur. The Pennsylvania Insurance Department put together the brochures and they can be found on the new Business Insurance website. Information such as tips for reporting a claim, how to protect your business; along with help to any other questions for entrepreneurs, are addressed. “Businesses are the backbone of a healthy economy and we want to make sure business owners are protected and know how to be proactive when unforeseen disasters occur,” DeLuca said. “These brochures offer great information for our home-based businesses and small businesses throughout the commonwealth.” Home-based business owners should not rely on homeowner’s coverage to protect their business, according to the Insurance Department. The new Home-Based Business brochure also suggests that homeowners’ policies may not provide coverage for customers or employees that get hurt inside the home-based business property; for lost income because of damage to the home; or if a client’s data is stolen. Additionally, the new After the Storm brochure advises small-business owners to keep track of the damage made to the business property; damages to property owned by others; lost Read more

 

DeLuca: An update on short-term limited-duration health insurance
Aug 21, 2018

DeLuca: Local facility issued medical marijuana grower/processor permit
Aug 01, 2018

Shredding Event - Sept. 8 / 2018 Senior Fair - Oct. 4
Jul 30, 2018

Good news from the state Insurance Commissioner
Jul 23, 2018

DEP Issues a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day Forecast for the Pittsburgh Area for June 29, 2018
Jun 28, 2018

DeLuca-amended bill passes House, heads to governor’s desk for signing
Jun 19, 2018

DEP Reminds Homeowners to Check for Mine Subsidence Risks
Jun 14, 2018

DeLuca calls upon Republican committee chairman to release bill package
Jun 13, 2018

DeLuca: Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program extended
Jun 11, 2018

DeLuca legislation looks to free stalled bills in House committees
Jun 07, 2018

Fox Chapel Area High School awarded Civic Engagement Gold Level Award
Jun 06, 2018

Health Insurance Plan Rates Stabilize, Offer More Choice for Consumers Despite Federal Government Sabotage
Jun 05, 2018

DeLuca bill would update annuity transaction law
Jun 04, 2018

DeLuca: Home safety tips for the summer outlined by Wolf administration
May 31, 2018

Penn Hills school awarded almost $5,000 for breakfast program
May 17, 2018

Wolf Administration Awards Funding to Help Homeowners Identify Potential Mine Subsidence Risks
May 11, 2018

DeLuca: Be wary of caller posing as state Insurance Department employee
May 10, 2018

DeLuca hosting free shredding event May 14
May 08, 2018

DeLuca: New brochure offers help to drivers switching insurance
May 04, 2018

DeLuca: State Insurance Department releases brochures to help home-based and small-business owners
May 02, 2018