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

 

House Democrats fight to protect your right to work without fear

(Feb 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 11 – To better protect workers, independent contractors and even volunteers at businesses of all sizes, House Democratic lawmakers announced new proposals today to help end workplace discrimination and harassment. The “Work Without Fear – It’s Your Right” plan is designed to give people the tools they need to protect themselves and their coworkers while also helping companies make sure everyone knows the rules. The plan includes: The PA Fairness Act – sponsored by Rep. Dan Frankel, Allegheny County – finally brings Pennsylvania into line with surrounding states by making sure nobody can be fired from a job or denied housing because of who they are or who they love. Until now, we’ve been counting on individual counties and cities to do the right thing and people and our economy has suffered. Give Victims Time for Justice – sponsored by Rep. Margo Davidson, Delaware County, and Rep Mary Isaacson, Philadelphia – gives victims the power to choose when to seek justice and guarantees them a right to trial by jury to seek damages by extending the timeline to file a complaint beyond the current 180 days. Ignorance is No Excuse – sponsored by Rep. Melissa Shusterman, Chester & Montgomery counties, makes sure workers and employers have the facts by requiring Employment Fair Practices notices posted in the workplace to include clear descriptions and examples of abuse so everyone is on the Read more

 

House Democrats fight for healthy people and a stronger economy

(Feb 08, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 8 – To make sure attacks on healthcare coverage don’t hurt Pennsylvania’s working families, a group of House Democratic lawmakers are introducing a package of proposals to make sure people 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 – 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; prescription drugs; rehabilitation; laboratory services to aid in diagnosis and treatment; chronic disease management; ambulatory patient services pediatric services, including oral and vision care. “If the Federal Health Care Reform law is ever abolished by the United States Supreme Court or the Congress, you could be left with health insurance policies that don’t cover the essential services Read more

 

Frankel stands with AG Shapiro in seeking legal action against UPMC

(Feb 07, 2019)

Today state Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, stood with Attorney General Josh Shapiro in calling for UPMC and Highmark to end their dispute and to do the right thing by putting patients, families and the people of Pennsylvania first. Read more

 

$560,000 awarded to 16 Allegheny County school districts, charter schools

(Jan 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 17 – Sixteen education entities in Allegheny County today were awarded a total $560,000 in targeted grants provided through Gov. Tom Wolf’s PAsmart initiative, announced state Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation. The grants will fund training and equipment needed to prepare teachers and students for the expansion of computer science programs. Miller said each recipient will receive $35,000 through PAsmart, which has made Pennsylvania No. 2 in the nation for investing in K-12 STEM and computer science education. “The delegation is happy to announce this funding,” Miller said. “In the coming years, most jobs will require workers to use computers and advanced technology in an ever-changing workforce and economy. By providing this funding, we’re helping to ensure students and teachers will be adequately prepared to succeed in their line of work, and do so with confidence.” School districts and charter/intermediate unit schools awarded funding through PAsmart include: Baldwin-Whitehall School District (Reps. Harry Readshaw, Bill Kortz and Dan Miller) Carlynton School District (Reps. Anita Kulik and Dan Deasy) Chartiers Valley School District (Kulik and Miller) City Charter High School (Reps. Dan Frankel, Jake Wheatley, Adam Ravenstahl, Readshaw, Miller, Sara Innamorato, Deasy, Summer Lee and Ed Gainey) Deer Lakes School District (Rep. Frank Dermody) Duquesne Read more

 

OP-ED: Health care must remain accessible and affordable in PA

(Jan 11, 2019)

The Affordable Care Act, which finally made affordable, quality health insurance a reality for tens of millions of Americans and their families, has faced constant threats since it was passed by Congress in 2010, despite its success in reducing the rate of uninsured people in Pennsylvania and other states to the lowest level in history. The ACA expanded Medicaid, prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and placing annual and lifetime spending limits on coverage, and finally gives people who don't have health insurance through work an opportunity to purchase the coverage they and their families need at a price they can afford. Every insurance plan sold under the ACA must include 10 essential health benefits. Those include, among other things, emergency services, maternity and newborn care, pediatric services, mental health and substance abuse services, and chronic disease management. These services are vital to keeping individuals and families healthy, and our communities safe. The ACA also prohibits insurance companies from placing annual and lifetime dollar limits on your care. Before the ACA, these kinds of limits often left patients suffering from severe or chronic medical conditions with no coverage, no care, and no recourse. Health insurance plans should pay for the care you need when you need it. The Affordable Care Act finally made that a reality for Read more

 

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

House Democrats fight to protect your right to work without fear
Feb 11, 2019

House Democrats fight for healthy people and a stronger economy
Feb 08, 2019

Frankel stands with AG Shapiro in seeking legal action against UPMC
Feb 07, 2019

$560,000 awarded to 16 Allegheny County school districts, charter schools
Jan 17, 2019

OP-ED: Health care must remain accessible and affordable in PA
Jan 11, 2019