Frankel says Wolf made difficult but right choice to veto bill

(Jul 05, 2019)

Calls on legislature to make voting machine money available to counties Read more

 

Frankel’s ‘It’s On Us’ anonymous reporting bill headed to governor

(Jun 28, 2019)

New law requires higher education organizations offer online, anonymous reporting of sexual assault Read more

 

Frankel: UPMC must restore public’s trust; legislature must prevent future health care impasse

(Jun 24, 2019)

PITTSBURGH, June 24 – State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, and the Democratic Chair of the House Health Committee, issued the following statement today regarding the new 10-year agreement between UPMC and Highmark: “I'm relieved that Pennsylvanians no longer have to worry about their health care being upended at the end of this month. I’ve been proud to stand alongside of our residents, many of whom are quite ill, and call for UPMC to comply with the standards of a purely public charity worthy of the tax exemptions, philanthropic dollars, and state support that helps build its facilities. “Attorney General Shapiro did an extraordinary job bringing these organizations together and facilitating a long-term solution that puts the public first. “Now that our patients are out of immediate danger and able to focus on their health and healing, UPMC can start the hard work of restoring trust with the public they serve, and the legislature can ensure that we never find ourselves in this mess again. “If UPMC is serious about restoring the confidence of our communities, it must prove that the organization’s moral compass points in the direction of the public good – proving they care about patients and community, not just profits. Otherwise, they should bring in new leadership who can rebuild confidence in the institution’s ability to respect its own workers, put patient care first, and ensure that the benefits they offer Read more

 

Frankel disappointed by court ruling on consent decree

(Jun 14, 2019)

PITTSBURGH, June 14 – The Commonwealth Court’s announcement Friday that it would not intervene in the impending June 30 dissolution of the consent decree between UPMC and Highmark should be a call to action for legislators, said state Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny. “I am deeply disappointed to learn that the Commonwealth Court is not going to help provide a way out of this cynical game of brinksmanship that UPMC is foisting upon the people of Pennsylvania. “It is now crystal clear that if we want institutions like UPMC to do the right thing, the laws need to change. While this case makes its way through the courts, I implore my colleagues to pass my bipartisan legislation to require charity hospital-insurance company hybrids to behave in the public interest and stop the predatory business practices. “While appeals are expected and could change the course of this impending calamity, thousands of vulnerable Pennsylvanians must now prepare to be cut off from their doctors. This path is causing a terrible breach of trust for patients and their loving family members who believed that UPMC represented a caring support system, and it undermines the relationships of 50,000 doctors and nurses and other health care providers who will be forced to tell their patients they can't see them anymore. “UPMC had already tacitly admitted their own wrong-doing by walking back the most harmful policies that they had previously threatened. That Read more

 

Frankel: Much remains to be done in UPMC situation

(Jun 07, 2019)

Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, the Democratic chair of the House Health Committee, issued the following statement in relation to the ongoing negotiations between UPMC and Highmark, and the pending expiration of the current consent decree. Read more

 

The latest news from Rep. Frankel and what's happening in Harrisburg

(Jun 07, 2019)

Read my monthly e-newsletter for the latest from Harrisburg and updates regarding ongoing Pittsburgh-area issues. Read more

 

Frankel, Gainey and Costa call for action on hate-crime legislation

(May 09, 2019)

Frankel was joined Thursday at the Tree of Life building in Squirrel Hill by state Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, and state Sens. Jay Costa and Lindsey Williams. Read more

 

5/3/19 – What Drives Pharmaceutical Costs? – Pittsburgh

(May 03, 2019)

Materials from House Democratic Policy Committee public roundtable hosted by State Rep. Tony DeLuca and State Rep. Dan Frankel. Read more

 

DeLuca, Frankel host Policy Committee roundtable on what drives pharmaceutical costs

(May 03, 2019)

PITTSBURGH, May 3 – State Representatives Tony DeLuca and Dan Frankel, both D-Allegheny, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public roundtable discussion on pharmaceutical cost drivers at the Comfort Inn Conference Center. DeLuca and Frankel requested the meeting as Democratic Chairman of the House Insurance and Health Committees respectively to bring stakeholders and legislative colleagues from across the state to identify what makes prescription drugs so expensive. Improving patient access to medicines was also a highlight of the discussion. “The bottom line is people cannot afford their medicine. They are suffering through pain, discomfort and at risk all because they have to make a decision of whether to scale back dosages to pay a utility bill. This just isn’t right. We need our pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies to come together to work out solutions that help make sure people can afford their medicine and afford to get better per the doctor’s orders,” said DeLuca. "According to what we heard today, more than 80 percent of Pennsylvanians that are asked want aggressive action on pharmacy costs. That's Republicans and Democrats, because the pain of high drug costs is bi-partisan," said Frankel. "This conversation is the beginning step in bringing transparency to a complex industry. Now we must go further, and make both process, and costs, transparent." Panel participants Read more

 

Frankel: Metcalfe anti-vaccination legislation ‘irresponsible’

(Apr 30, 2019)

Frankel to introduce legislation requiring education for parents who forego children’s vaccination. Read more

 

DeLuca, Frankel to host Policy Committee roundtable on what drives pharmaceutical costs Friday in Pittsburgh

(Apr 30, 2019)

PITTSBURGH, April 30 – State Representatives Tony DeLuca and Dan Frankel, both D-Allegheny, announced they are hosting a House Democratic Policy Committee public roundtable discussion on pharmaceutical cost drivers. The roundtable will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 3 at the Comfort Inn Conference Center, 699 Rodi Road, Pittsburgh. The public and media are invited to attend. DeLuca and Frankel requested the meeting as Democratic Chairman of the House Insurance and Health Committees respectively to bring stakeholders and legislative colleagues from across the state to identify what makes prescription drugs so expensive. The discussion will also focus on how to improve patient access to medicines needed. Panelists scheduled to participate include: Corey DeLuca, Director, Clinical Pharmacy Services, Highmark, Inc. Lauren Rowley, Vice President of State Affairs, Pharmaceutical Care Management Association Erin Ninehouser, Director of Campaigns & Consumer Engagement, PA Health Access Network Ashlie VanMeter, Senior Director of State Government Affairs, Association of Accessible Medicines Pat Lavella, RPh., Manager of Strategic Pharmacy Initiatives, Value Drug Company Dr. Adele Towers, President, Allegheny County Medical Society Jessica Brooks,CEO, Pittsburgh Business Group on Health The meeting is one in a series held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first by growing good jobs, providing health Read more

 

Frankel calls on state, federal leaders to act in wake of latest terror attack

(Apr 29, 2019)

As the nation once again finds itself grieving in the wake of a hate-inspired terror attack on a Jewish community, state Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, again calls for action by state and federal leaders. Read more

 

Frankel, legislators join in support of attorney general’s lawsuit against UPMC

(Apr 25, 2019)

The lawsuit seeks to modify and indefinitely extend the UPMC-Highmark Health consent decrees that are set to expire June 30. Read more

 

Pennsylvania honors victims of Pittsburgh terror attack

(Apr 10, 2019)

The Pennsylvania legislature held a rare joint legislative session to honor the victims of the October terror attack at the Tree of Life building. Read more

 

Pennsylvania to honor victims of Pittsburgh terror attack

(Apr 08, 2019)

On Wednesday the Pennsylvania Legislature will hold a rare joint legislative session to honor the victims of the October terror attack at the Tree of Life building. Read more

 

Frankel condemns move by Homeland Security to disband domestic terror intel group

(Apr 02, 2019)

Frankel condemns move by Homeland Security to disband domestic terror intel group. Read more

 

Frankel responds to Turzai comment comparing advocates for choice to 'Nazi Regime'

(Apr 01, 2019)

Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, issued a statement after a video appeared on social media in which Pennsylvania Speaker of the House Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, compared advocates for a women’s right to choose to the “Nazi Regime” Read more

 

House Democrats fight for healthy people and a strong economy in PA

(Mar 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 28 – With the president leading a renewed push to dismantle affordable healthcare coverage in the United States, a group of House Democratic lawmakers are reinforcing their commitment to a package of proposals designed to make sure people in Pennsylvania can always afford to see a doctor when they get sick. The “Healthy People, Stronger Economy” plan protects consumers even if special interests are able to overturn the Affordable Care Act. The plan contains four bills putting people first, including: Protecting Your Coverage, Protecting Your Health (HB 469) – sponsored by Reps. Tony DeLuca and Dan Frankel, both of Allegheny County – recognizes that a consumer paying for an insurance plan that doesn't cover items as basic as hospitalization and emergency services has insurance that is almost worse than having no insurance at all. The bill guarantees all insurance plans sold in the state cover 10 essential benefits: • emergency services; • hospitalization; • prescription drugs; • maternity & newborn care; • mental health & substance abuse disorder services; • rehabilitation; • laboratory services to aid in diagnosis and treatment; • chronic disease management; • ambulatory patient services; and • pediatric services, including oral and vision care. "If the Federal Health Care Reform law is ever abolished by the United States Supreme Court or Read more

 

Frankel to host LGBTQ resource fair in Pittsburgh Saturday

(Mar 26, 2019)

State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, will host a first-of-its-kind resource fair for the LGBTQ community on Saturday, March 30. Read more

 

Frankel: Squirrel Hill stands with Christchurch in wake of terror attack

(Mar 15, 2019)

"Our hearts are broken by the horrific attack in New Zealand last night..." Read more

 

Frankel says Wolf made difficult but right choice to veto bill
Jul 05, 2019

Frankel’s ‘It’s On Us’ anonymous reporting bill headed to governor
Jun 28, 2019

Frankel: UPMC must restore public’s trust; legislature must prevent future health care impasse
Jun 24, 2019

Frankel disappointed by court ruling on consent decree
Jun 14, 2019

Frankel: Much remains to be done in UPMC situation
Jun 07, 2019

The latest news from Rep. Frankel and what's happening in Harrisburg
Jun 07, 2019

Frankel, Gainey and Costa call for action on hate-crime legislation
May 09, 2019

5/3/19 – What Drives Pharmaceutical Costs? – Pittsburgh
May 03, 2019

DeLuca, Frankel host Policy Committee roundtable on what drives pharmaceutical costs
May 03, 2019

Frankel: Metcalfe anti-vaccination legislation ‘irresponsible’
Apr 30, 2019

DeLuca, Frankel to host Policy Committee roundtable on what drives pharmaceutical costs Friday in Pittsburgh
Apr 30, 2019

Frankel calls on state, federal leaders to act in wake of latest terror attack
Apr 29, 2019

Frankel, legislators join in support of attorney general’s lawsuit against UPMC
Apr 25, 2019

Pennsylvania honors victims of Pittsburgh terror attack
Apr 10, 2019

Pennsylvania to honor victims of Pittsburgh terror attack
Apr 08, 2019

Frankel condemns move by Homeland Security to disband domestic terror intel group
Apr 02, 2019

Frankel responds to Turzai comment comparing advocates for choice to 'Nazi Regime'
Apr 01, 2019

House Democrats fight for healthy people and a strong economy in PA
Mar 28, 2019

Frankel to host LGBTQ resource fair in Pittsburgh Saturday
Mar 26, 2019

Frankel: Squirrel Hill stands with Christchurch in wake of terror attack
Mar 15, 2019