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Donatucci resolution promotes colorectal cancer awareness

(Mar 24, 2016)

HARRISBURG, March 16 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has unanimously adopted a measure authored by state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, recognizing March 2016 as “National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania. “Experts suggest up to 60 percent of deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented if people age 50 and older were regularly screened and appropriately treated for this disease,” Donatucci said. “As uncomfortable as some people may be discussing colorectal cancer, it’s important to raise awareness about the illness so that people don’t live in fear.” The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, killing 49,700 Americans in 2015. Donatucci noted she understands the devastating toll the disease can have on families if left undetected. “I lost my father to colon cancer in 1998,” Donatucci said. “I want to make sure other families don’t have to go through what my family and I did, especially so many cases of this disease are preventable.” Donatucci’s H.R. 709 noted colorectal cancer often begins as a polyp, which is a growth that forms on the inner wall of the colon or rectum. In addition to polyps, risk factors for colorectal cancer can include age, family history, certain genetic mutations, excessive alcohol use, obesity, Read more

 

Donatucci measure honors Pa. registered dietitian nutritionists

(Mar 16, 2016)

HARRISBURG, March 16 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, today announced the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has unanimously approved her resolution designating March 9, 2016 as “Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day” in Pennsylvania. Donatucci’s H.R. 708 explained registered dietitian nutritionists are food and nutrition experts who use nutrition to find solutions for healthy living. To be considered a registered dietitian nutritionist, a person must complete an accredited supervised practice program, pass a national examination and complete continuing professional educational requirements to earn their credential. Many of these professionals work in hospitals, schools, public health clinics, nursing homes, fitness centers, the food industry and other entities. “Experts say maintaining a healthy diet is key in preventing illness and boosting overall wellness,” Donatucci said. “The work being done by our registered dietitian nutritionists is so important in improving public health and educating communities about how to be healthy. I’d like to thank my colleagues for their support of this measure honoring these vital professionals.” Approximately 3,700 residents of the commonwealth are members of the Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, an affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This year, the academy’s theme for “National Nutrition Month” is Read more

 

PACE prescription programs benefit seniors

(Feb 10, 2016)

PACE, PACENET and PACE plus Medicare are Pennsylvania's prescription assistance programs for older adults, offering low-cost prescription medication to qualified residents, age 65 and older. As of this year, the legislature passed a law excluding Social Security Medicare Part B premiums from being counted towards income levels. Read more

 

Donatucci honors K9 services in Pa. with approved resolution

(Feb 10, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 10 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has unanimously adopted a measure authored by state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, marking "K9 Veterans and Services Day" in Pennsylvania on March 13, 2016, which is 74 years after the United States K9 Corps was created. "These dogs and their handlers serve and protect us all so that we may be safe," Donatucci said. "They put themselves in grave danger to save lives, and some even make the ultimate sacrifice. The least we can do is recognize them for their efforts and show our appreciation for their unwavering dedication." Donatucci’s H.R. 678 notes besides dogs and their handlers, K9 services include trainers and other helpers involved in customs, search and rescue, border patrol, police services, secret service and drug enforcement. They are used by the military, law enforcement and other governmental agencies. Though the official United States K9 Corps was established to acknowledge K9 services in World War II and beyond, military working dog handler Joseph J. White later initiated a movement to honor "K9 Veterans and Services Day" each year to raise awareness about the importance of K9 participants. To mark this year’s celebration, Donatucci will present a citation to Melissa Wallace, canine enforcement officer with the federal Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection, and her K9 service dog, Read more

 

Donatucci lauds Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget plan to help students, middle class

(Feb 09, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 9 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, issued the following statement after Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address for the 2016-17 fiscal year: "Obviously, the state is in a unique situation right now, but the fact remains that there are two paths we can take in Pennsylvania: one that puts us back on the path of fiscal stewardship, and another that continues the irresponsible cuts from the past five years and further damages our credit. We’ve had enough of the status quo, so it’s time to take action. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I look forward to working with my fellow colleagues throughout the entire budget process to ensure we get Pennsylvania back on track. "Governor Wolf was elected in large part because of his commitment to funding public education. The funding boost he is proposing will help some of our most vulnerable schools, especially in Philadelphia, where too many students are crammed into small classrooms with fewer teachers. If we want future generations to succeed – and I know we do – we must invest in education now . Our children and grandchildren will be better off. "We also need to pass a balanced budget that addresses the projected $1.9 billion budget deficit for the upcoming fiscal year. Instead of cutting programs to the bone and using funding gimmicks to cover what’s missing, we need to pay our bills and help Pennsylvania build a better economy Read more

 

CHIP offers kids protection and parents peace of mind

(Jan 29, 2016)

Pennsylvania has a Children's Health Insurance Program that provides free and low-cost health insurance to children. CHIP is not welfare – it covers children of working parents whose employers don't offer coverage and who can't afford private insurance. If you can't afford health insurance for your children, chances are they are eligible for CHIP. Read more

 

Donatucci marks ‘Equal Pay Can’t Wait Week’ with revived push to end gender wage gap in Pa.

(Jan 28, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – In connection with tomorrow’s seventh anniversary of the signing of the federal Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law, state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, is renewing her call for the House Labor and Industry Committee to consider her H.B. 1250 , which would update the state’s Equal Pay Law. Donatucci is participating in “Equal Pay Can’t Wait Week” along with other legislators nationwide to help bring attention to the gender wage gap. “It’s downright shameful that in 2016, women are paid, on average, only about 78 cents for every dollar a man brings in,” Donatucci said. “Everyone deserves to be paid fairly for their work, no matter their gender. It’s long past time for us to close this embarrassing chapter in our history and pay women and men equally.” Donatucci’s H.B. 1250 would increase fines to between $2,500 and $5,000 per day of violation and per violation for employers that knowingly violate the state’s Equal Pay Law, falsify related records or interfere with investigations under the act, among other things. Penalties under the act have not been updated since the law was established in 1959. “The law was enacted more than 50 years ago, and life has certainly changed since then,” Donatucci said. “We need to bring the penalties for knowingly paying women less than men for equal work in line with the 21 st century.” Read more

 

Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property

(Jan 01, 2016)

Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Read more

 

PA Power Switch: Ask the right questions

(Dec 30, 2015)

In Pennsylvania, you can choose the company that generates your electricity – also known as your electric supplier. This means that you have the power to switch to a competing supplier who can offer the lowest price, or provide a specific service you want, such as “green” or renewable energy. Read more

 

Donatucci measure would expand state program for more cancer screenings

(Jun 16, 2015)

HARRISBURG, June 16 – Legislation recently reintroduced by state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, would increase eligibility for breast and cervical cancer screenings through the state Department of Health’s HealthyWoman Program. Read more

 

Donatucci reintroduces bill to modernize Equal Pay law

(Jun 10, 2015)

HARRISBURG, June 10 – Fifty-two years after President John F. Kennedy signed the federal Equal Pay Act into law, state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, today announced she has reintroduced legislation to update Pennsylvania’s Equal Pay Law. Donatucci’s H.B. 1250 would increase fines for employers that knowingly violate state law, falsify records or interfere with investigations under the act. It would also allow employees to file a legal action up to three years after the violation. Read more

 

Senate and House Democratic policy committees look at the impact of mandated Paid Sick Leave Legislation

(May 28, 2015)

The Senate and House Democratic policy committees hosted a joint hearing at Philadelphia City Hall to discuss legislation that aims to improve public health and safety by giving workers the opportunity to accrue paid sick leave. Read more

 

Senate and House Democratic Policy Committees to hold joint hearing on paid sick leave Thursday in Philadelphia City Hall

(May 26, 2015)

HARRISBURG, May 26 –The Senate and House Democratic Policy Committees will hold a joint public hearing on paid sick leave at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 28 at Philadelphia City Hall, Courtroom 253, Broad and Market Streets, Philadelphia. Read more

 

Democrats decry House vote to cut number of legislators

(May 13, 2015)

Shrinking the size of the Legislature has Delaware County House Democrats shaking their heads against the push while their Republican counterparts overwhelmingly approve cutting back the rankings. The GOP-controlled House approved the shift last week to condense the legislative presence by 25 percent. It would lessen the 203-member House to 151 and 50 down to 37 in the Senate. Read more

 

Donatucci resolution recognizes 'National Nursing Home Week'

(May 11, 2015)

HARRISBURG, May 11 – A resolution authored by state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, marks this week as “National Nursing Home Week” in Pennsylvania. Donatucci’s H.R. 262 recently was unanimously adopted by the state House. Read more

 

Donatucci reintroduces legislation to bolster public safety

(Apr 23, 2015)

HARRISBURG, April 23 – Two bills recently reintroduced by state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, aim to improve public safety across the commonwealth. Read more

 

Pa. House adopts Donatucci resolutions raising awareness of sexual assault, sleep apnea

(Apr 22, 2015)

HARRISBURG, April 22 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today unanimously adopted a pair of resolutions introduced by state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware. Read more

 

Pa. bill would expand health care coverage of vaccines

(Apr 17, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A Pennsylvania representative has introduced legislation to make flu shots and other immunizations more affordable and accessible. Read more

 

Donatucci introduces bill to expand health care coverage for vaccines

(Apr 17, 2015)

HARRISBURG, April 17 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, has introduced a measure designed to make immunizations more affordable and accessible in the commonwealth. Donatucci’s H.B. 822 would amend state law to require health insurers to cover immunizations administered at a pharmacy by a pharmacist. Read more

 

Donatucci denounces pre-emption of local paid sick leave laws

(Apr 16, 2015)

HARRISBURG, April 16 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, has released the following statement in response to the state Senate’s passage of S.B. 333, which would invalidate Philadelphia’s mandatory paid sick leave law: “It saddens me to think that Philadelphia workers would be further subjected to working through their own illnesses, or a family illness – instead of getting the rest and care they need to be even more effective employees. Getting rid of this well-intentioned law would hurt many low-income workers, in particular, who are forced to work while sick in order to keep their jobs and support their families. Read more

 

Donatucci resolution promotes colorectal cancer awareness
Mar 24, 2016

Donatucci measure honors Pa. registered dietitian nutritionists
Mar 16, 2016

PACE prescription programs benefit seniors
Feb 10, 2016

Donatucci honors K9 services in Pa. with approved resolution
Feb 10, 2016

Donatucci lauds Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget plan to help students, middle class
Feb 09, 2016

CHIP offers kids protection and parents peace of mind
Jan 29, 2016

Donatucci marks ‘Equal Pay Can’t Wait Week’ with revived push to end gender wage gap in Pa.
Jan 28, 2016

Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property
Jan 01, 2016

PA Power Switch: Ask the right questions
Dec 30, 2015

Donatucci measure would expand state program for more cancer screenings
Jun 16, 2015

Donatucci reintroduces bill to modernize Equal Pay law
Jun 10, 2015

Senate and House Democratic policy committees look at the impact of mandated Paid Sick Leave Legislation
May 28, 2015

Senate and House Democratic Policy Committees to hold joint hearing on paid sick leave Thursday in Philadelphia City Hall
May 26, 2015

Democrats decry House vote to cut number of legislators
May 13, 2015

Donatucci resolution recognizes 'National Nursing Home Week'
May 11, 2015

Donatucci reintroduces legislation to bolster public safety
Apr 23, 2015

Pa. House adopts Donatucci resolutions raising awareness of sexual assault, sleep apnea
Apr 22, 2015

Pa. bill would expand health care coverage of vaccines
Apr 17, 2015

Donatucci introduces bill to expand health care coverage for vaccines
Apr 17, 2015

Donatucci denounces pre-emption of local paid sick leave laws
Apr 16, 2015