Frankel: Naloxone Saves Lives

(Mar 01, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Frankel says legislation he helped write has allowed police officers to reverse more than 600 opioid overdoses in just over a year. Frankel says the decision to allow police officers, first responders and family members of addicts to carry the life-saving medication naloxone is helping to crack down on the heroin and opioid epidemic ravaging the state, including Allegheny County. Read more

 

Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms available at my office

(Feb 15, 2016)

Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2015 tax year are available at my district office – and my staff is ready to help you file yours for free ! The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650. Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2015 and meet all other eligibility criteria. The oft-extended deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2015 is June 30, 2016, and the rebates normally are distributed by the Deparment of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more

 

Pa. SAFE Caucus leaders denounce Ted Nugent anti-Semitic rant, call for NRA to drop him from board

(Feb 10, 2016)

The co-chairs of the Pennsylvania SAFE Caucus are calling for the National Rifle Association to remove Ted Nugent from its board following Nugent's anti-Semitic rant against gun safety actions and advocates. State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, said: "Nugent called 12 prominent Jewish American supporters of commonsense gun reforms 'Nazis' and used an image showing an Israeli flag on all 12 of their photos. His hateful actions are outrageous and no decent organization would keep Nugent on its board after that, especially not after he doubled down after the initial post." 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

 

Frankel: End the Budget Crisis

(Feb 09, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Frankel says it's time for lawmakers to put people before politics and take Pennsylvania down a path where schools are funded, those in need get help and our homeowners don't face higher property taxes every year. Read more

 

Women's Health Caucus: Nonpartisan report recommends ways to help low-income families become more self-sufficient

(Feb 01, 2016)

Leaders of the legislature's bipartisan Women's Health Caucus are welcoming a recent legislative study that recommends ways to avoid or reduce so-called "cliff effect" obstacles that hamper efforts by low-income families to become self-sufficient. State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, House Democratic co-chairman of the caucus, said: "I think we should all be able to agree on removing barriers from the way of people who are working to leave the safety net and become self-sufficient. I welcome this report and urge action on this legislation this year." 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

 

Frankel welcomes Obama gun safety actions

(Jan 05, 2016)

State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, today welcomed President Barack Obama's announcement of executive actions to reduce gun violence and make communities safer. "The President recognizes that saving some lives is better than none, and that waiting on the current NRA-dominated Congress would be pointless. Using his existing authority to make commonsense gun reforms within the law is the right thing to do," Frankel said. 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

 

Frankel Demands Action on Budget

(Dec 23, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Frankel speaks out against the sudden cancelation of the vote on the state’s 177-day-overdue budget scheduled for Wednesday and demands the Speaker bring the House back into immediate session so schools, social services and citizens statewide can get vitally needed funding. Read more

 

Frankel Remembers Elsie Hillman

(Dec 10, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Frankel honors his late friend, philanthropist and civic leader Elsie Hillman, who passed away at age 89 earlier in 2015. Read more

 

Frankel: Mandatory Minimums Don't Work

(Oct 26, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Frankel speaks against a sweeping mandatory-minimum sentence amendment that would ruin lives for non-violent offenses. Read more

 

Frankel: Fracking Does Impact Allegheny County

(Oct 20, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Frankel joined environmental and healthcare advocates at the announcement of the findings of a report on fracking and its effect on public health. Read more

 

Frankel Rallies Against Animal Cruelty

(Oct 19, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Frankel explains why the proposed Angel's Law (HB 113) is important for protecting Pa. animals from abuse, especially from repeat offenders. Read more

 

Frankel reintroduces patient trust bill to keep politics out of health care

(Sep 30, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 30 – State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, today reintroduced legislation to counter increasing efforts to insert politics into the provider-patient relationship. House Bill 1105 , known as the Patient Trust Act, would prohibit government entities from requiring providers to care for patients in a way that is not considered medically appropriate or forcing providers to tell patients anything that is not medically accurate. The legislation – a primary focus of the General Assembly’s Women’s Health Caucus – is in response to laws passed in several states that force providers to practice medicine in a way that is not in line with basic medical standards. In Pennsylvania, Frankel pointed to the passage of Act 13 of 2012, legislation that many fear will limit the ability of health care providers to discuss the chemicals involved in natural gas fracking with their patients. "Patients trust that their doctor is telling them the truth, the whole truth, and that their health is the doctor’s primary concern. We should protect that trust," said Frankel, who co-chairs the Women's Health Caucus. "Patients shouldn’t worry that they are on the receiving end of a political agenda when they go to the doctor." Last year, the National Partnership for Women and Families detailed a number of problematic intrusions on medical decision-making in its report " Bad Medicine: How a Political Agenda is Read more

 

Frankel: We Need a REAL Budget

(Sep 25, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Frankel speaks out against a short-term stopgap budget that does nothing more than create another budget crisis for schools and non-profit social service agencies until October and urges the passage of a true compromise budget that delivers long-term, sustainable funding. Read more

 

Bipartisan Support Announced for 'Pennsylvania Fairness Act' to Boost Economic Competitiveness

(Aug 26, 2015)

HARRISBURG , Aug. 26, 2015 – State Sens. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) and Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) and Reps. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) and Tom Killion (R-Delaware) today announced the introduction of the Pennsylvania Fairness Act. The legislation (S.B. 974 and H.B. 1510) would update Pennsylvania’s current nondiscrimination law – originally written in 1955 – to ensure that all citizens regardless of race, color, religion, ancestry, age, sex, national origin, disability and now – sexual orientation, gender identity and expression – can participate in and contribute to the state’s economy. It is currently legal in Pennsylvania to fire someone and deny them housing or business services solely on the basis of the person being gay or transgender. Browne said, "Promoting inclusion and eliminating discrimination fosters growth in Pennsylvania’s economy by ensuring that the Commonwealth is able to attract employees from a highly skilled workforce and, in particular, appeal to members of the innovative millennial generation." Frankel said, "This new bill is an opportunity for Pennsylvania to stand up against discrimination in support of basic human rights and economic growth. Our work over several years has brought us to this point and we believe the bipartisan support now expressed for this legislation will advance the bill." A recent survey of Pennsylvania residents showed that 73 percent incorrectly believe Read more

 

Frankel: Pa. Needs Sustainable Funding

(Jul 29, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Frankel says this budget is an opportunity to right the wrongs of the past administration and properly fund education and human services in a sustainable way. Read more

 

Frankel: GOP Pension Bill is Irresponsible

(Jun 30, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Dan Frankel explains how the GOP's sweeping pension bill is an irresponsible attack on Pennsylvania's teachers and public workers. Read more