New COVID-19 Guidance for Philadelphia

(Nov 17, 2020)

Updated restrictions announced. Read more

 

Election results

(Nov 04, 2020)

The 2020 election is over. No new votes can be cast. But we still have many ballots to count to be able to have official, final results. Read more

 

Drop off your ballot or vote in-person on November 3

(Nov 02, 2020)

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Read more

 

Find your polling place or return your ballot today!

(Oct 27, 2020)

For any help with voting, please contact my district office, and my staff will assist you. Read more

 

Newsletter: Shredding event and the 2020 Census

(Sep 16, 2020)

PA, shape your future – get counted. For everyone who doesn’t get counted, our community loses $2,000 every year. It’s less money for schools, roads and health care. You can fix this. It’s your money. Keep it in your community where it belongs. pa.gov/census Read more

 

September 19 Shredding Event

(Sep 11, 2020)

Join my office on September 19! No walk-ins. Must be in vehicle to participate. Read more

 

Please opt-in to receive COVID-19 and legislative updates

(Sep 02, 2020)

According to the House rules, I need your permission to contact you 60 days before an election. This fall, that “blackout period” runs from Sept. 3 through the Nov. 3 general election. Read more

 

Fitzgerald lauds enactment of breast density screening and insurance law

(Jul 06, 2020)

HARRISBURG, July 6 – More women who are at higher risk for breast cancer will have affordable access to enhanced screening methods thanks to legislation signed into law last week, according to state Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., a longtime champion of the measure. Wolf last week signed a bill (S.B. 595) that is substantially identical to legislation (H.B. 1245) Fitzgerald sponsored in the House over the past two legislative sessions. Specifically, the new law extends insurance coverage to breast cancer screening methods recommended for women with high breast density, such as ultrasounds and magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs). It also would cover other known risk factors, such as family history. “We need to ensure proper access to screenings to enable early detection of breast cancer in women with high breast density, those with a higher risk for the disease,” Fitzgerald said. “I thank my colleagues in the House and Senate for passing this important measure, and I thank Governor Wolf for signing this life-saving legislation into law. “I also must thank and recognize Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority for their ongoing efforts to bring awareness to this issue in communities of color, providing support and advocacy, as well as mobile mammography for women in need.” Fitzgerald held a public policy hearing in Philadelphia in the last legislative session to further explore why the screening mandate is necessary. Read more

 

Small Business Assistance grants available

(Jun 25, 2020)

Applications are expected to be available June 30 for a new program aimed at providing critical funding to local businesses hurt by the coronavirus. Read more

 

Happy Juneteenth and office re-opening

(Jun 18, 2020)

As our commonwealth transitions to life with the “new normal”, it is important we all stay in touch and continue to practice best public health guidelines to keep down the number of positive COVID-19 cases and related deaths. Read more

 

COVID-19 update: voting, Census 2020, evictions, PUA & more

(May 12, 2020)

Just wanted to take a moment to touch base with you and update you on some of the resources and services available to you in this era of COVID-19 as well as share information with you that will be helpful to you in the next upcoming weeks. Read more

 

Boyle, State Government Committee Democrats: GOP bills put profits over human lives

(Apr 07, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, April 6 – Today, House State Government Committee chairperson Kevin Boyle, D-Phila., and other members of the committee released the following statements in response to H.B.s 2400 and 2376 , which House Republicans introduced to end stay-at-home social distancing measures and reopen statewide all retail and construction operations closed by Gov. Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 mitigations efforts: “What good is an increase in quarterly earnings if customers are dying? Of course, we will have to take steps to reopen stores to the public eventually, but communities will lose a lot more than money if we force them to open too soon,” Boyle said. “Experts on both sides of the aisle agree that we have one shot to reopen the economy, or we risk setting ourselves down an even worse financial path. Then, it will be even more clear that the human cost of these shortsighted bills will really have been for nothing.” "Today, the State Government Committee ran two bills that, as written, would diminish the efforts of the mitigation protocol currently in place in the commonwealth. We have yet to reach the ‘surge,’ and language is being proposed to potentially place citizens in jeopardy,” Rep. Pam DeLissio, D- D-Montgomery/Phila., added. “First, we need to protect the health and welfare of citizens. The robust state and federal packages of bills will help to keep citizens afloat for an Read more

 

Health insurance options during COVID-19

(Apr 06, 2020)

Here are coverage options for those who have lost health insurance during the COVID-19 health crisis. Read more

 

Stay-at-home order extended, other COVID-19 updates

(Apr 03, 2020)

From the stay-at-home order extended to all schools closed indefinitely, here are the COVID-19 updates from the week of March 30 that you need to know. Read more

 

You're not alone, we're in this together

(Mar 31, 2020)

During times of crisis, it can sometimes feel easier to be angry and frustrated instead of positive and motivated. We find ourselves in an unprecedented situation where the unknowns strongly dictate our outlook on life. But, I want to tell you, we will get through this. How do I know? Because we're all in this together. We're seeing community leaders stepping up big time to offer free meals to our most vulnerable neighbors, financial opportunities to the unemployed and assistance to help local businesses weather the storm. My office is here to answer your questions and connect you with critical resources to help you and your family get back on your feet. Our doctors, health care workers, first responders, grocery store workers and other essential employees are all on the front lines, fighting to make sure you’re safe and have what you need when you need it. Simply put, you're not alone. Remember, it's always darkest before the dawn. Now is the time we need to be faithful not fearful and see the glass half full not half empty. I won't give up on you, and I ask that you don't give up on yourselves. We can do this, we will do this, but we must do this TOGETHER! Read more

 

COVID-19 Resources and Information

(Mar 21, 2020)

** Below is a list of informational links for resources in and around Philadelphia related to COVID-19. This will be updated as more/new information becomes available ** The latest info on COVID-19 cases and other data statewide from the Pennsylvania Department of Health : https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx The latest information on COVID-19 cases and other data in Philadelphia from the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health : https://www.phila.gov/services/mental-physical-health/environmental-health-hazards/covid-19/ The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has activated a Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline . It’s available 24/7. If you have questions about symptoms and risk factors, what to do if you think you may have been exposed, testing resources, or recommendations for social distancing, you can contact the helpline at 1-800-722-7112. More info: https://www.phila.gov/2020-03-14-greater-philadelphia-coronavirus-helpline-opened-by-health/?fbclid=IwAR2HZUc0yYdy66IMO4nrx8g4Z8vKMHE9qWUXmmLDe3OZFIjVhiwGDu0ZFIo List of essential Philadelphia services and how to access them: https://www.phila.gov/2020-03-18-essential-city-services-remain-open-here-is-how-to-access-them/?mc_cid=7f7be1d618&mc_eid=eda5e48c86 . Information about how SEPTA is operating: http://www.septa.org/service/rail/midday-schedule.html Information about how Amtrak is Read more

 

COVID-19 Information Recap

(Mar 20, 2020)

With new information coming in every day about COVID-19, here is a look at the major developments Pennsylvanians need to know to help get through this public health crisis. Read more

 

Fitzgerald announces $6,500 to help get an accurate 2020 Census count in Philadelphia

(Mar 19, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, March 19 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald today announced a $6,500 state grant to help Penn Asian Senior Services in Philadelphia promote awareness and participation in the upcoming 2020 Census. "The census only happens once a decade and provides a critical opportunity for our communities to get its fair share of millions in federal funding to strengthen schools, help seniors and fix roads," said Fitzgerald, D-Phila. " PASSi understands the importance of being counted and can use this funding to continue educating vulnerable populations in the Philadelphia area about the different ways to participate." As part of her efforts to help protect her neighbors from COVID-19, Fitzgerald is stressing that people can fill out their census forms safely online. "The well-being of my constituents is my top priority," explained Fitzgerald. "Participating in the census digitally allows a person to practice social distancing while making sure they don't miss out." This funding is part of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development's Census 2020 Outreach Grant program, which focuses on supporting efforts that target hard-to-count populations, including: Those who do not speak English as their primary language. Ethnic minorities. Immigrants. Members of the LGBTQ community. People Read more

 

Philadelphia House leadership, legislators, call on Governor Tom Wolf to halt all Public Utility Commission utility disconnections in wake of the COVID-19 virus

(Mar 12, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Mar. 12 – Members of Philadelphia leadership team in the state House were joined by fellow Philadelphia legislators in asking Gov. Tom Wolf to place a moratorium on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission from further utility shutoffs for the foreseeable future for all Pennsylvanians in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Philadelphia members in leadership positions, including Reps. Jordan Harris, Democratic whip; Joanna McClinton, Democratic chairwoman; Rosita Youngblood, Democratic secretary; Jason Dawkins, Philadelphia Delegation chairman; Stephen Kinsey, Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus chairman; and Jim Roebuck, Education Committee chairman, were joined by Philadelphia Reps. Donna Bullock, Morgan Cephas, Joe Hohenstein, Malcolm Kenyatta, Brian Sims, Maria Donatucci, Danilo Burgos, Isabella Fitzgerald, Mike Driscoll, Mary Isaacson, Pam DeLissio, Chris Rabb, Elizabeth Fiedler, Jared Solomon and Kevin Boyle in issuing the following statement: “The COVID-19 virus situation is literally evolving by the hour in Pennsylvania as we continue in what’s a situation many Pennsylvanians have never experienced. Many of our neediest residents have life-saving medical equipment that they use in their home, and it’s of the utmost importance that they have consistent access to that equipment through their electric utility. Our emergency rooms and first responders can’t be asked to spend finite resources on Read more

 

Youngblood, Fitzgerald applaud $4,364 grant to help continue preservation at historical state women’s society

(Mar 05, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, March 5 – A $4,364 state grant was awarded to the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, state Reps. Rosita C. Youngblood and Isabella Fitzgerald, both D-Phila., announced today. The grant, which comes during National Women’s History Month, will help the Pennsylvania chapter of The Society – a women-founded and led organization dedicated to maintaining historical landmarks across America – continue their over-100 year-long commitment to preserving the Stenton Mansion in Germantown. “Since 1899, ensuring the posterity of Stenton and its heirlooms has been one of The Society’s greatest historical preservation achievements,” Youngblood said. “I am proud to see this funding help continue their seemingly timeless mission, because protecting our local historical landmarks instills a sense of pride and appreciation among people today and in the future.” Fitzgerald, who also represents parts of Germantown with Youngblood, agreed. “The Society was created by women and for women to demonstrate their patriotism in one of the finest ways possible – through protecting and maintaining historical sites across our city and country – especially when women weren’t afforded the same freedoms as their male counterparts,” she said. “I look forward to continuing working with The Society on protecting more of our Read more