Get free assistance with your Property Tax/Rent Rebate

(Jan 23, 2019)

Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2018 tax year are available – and my office staff is ready to help you file yours for free! Read more


Rep Madden applauds Hospice House planned re-opening in Monroe County

(Jan 16, 2019)

State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, is pleased the Hospice House and inpatient hospice services in Monroe County will resume operation upon approvals and staffing the facility. Representatives of Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono and an advisory committee of community members who formed to assess the facility’s future made the announcement today after a 90-day review which concluded that reopening the facility for local inpatient services would be in the area’s best interest. "Monroe County's first and only hospice center, built by the people, for the people, is finally re-opening its doors,” Madden said. “The residents expressed sadness and anger when the hospice closed, and protested over the loss of such a vital part of the community. Their voices have been heard and this needed facility and its services again will be available to the community." Madden said the opening of the East Brown Street facility in East Stroudsburg is dependent upon regulatory approvals from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and how quickly staff can be hired. The committee also recommended building referrals and increased community awareness throughout Monroe County and northeast Pennsylvania. In addition, the facility will hold an open house as efforts to resume inpatient services continue. Madden said formal evaluations every six months and a review every two years will be conducted. Planning also continues to display Read more


Monroe Matters with Rep. Maureen Madden

(Jan 15, 2019)

On this edition of Monroe Matters, Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden provides an update on the outsourcing of transportation in the Pocono Mountain School District, talking with administrators, bus drivers, and other groups who are working to find a solution. Madden also discusses her legislative priorities as the 2019-20 legislative session gets underway. Read more


Madden Talks Farm Show with Sec. Redding

(Jan 11, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden spoke with PA Dept. of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding about this year's Farm Show and the importance of the agriculture industry across Pennsylvania. Read more


Madden: proud to serve the 115th Legislative District for a second term

(Jan 01, 2019)

Madden: proud to serve the 115th Legislative District for a second term HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, took the oath of office to begin her second term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 2019-20 legislative session. Madden, who was surrounded by family and friends on her second swearing-in day, said she is ready to continue working for her constituents by bringing much needed project funding to her district. “Just in my first term I brought home close to $10 million for local projects and I will continue to fight for the people of my district,” Madden said. "Some of my priorities involve property tax reduction, legislation to increase the minimum wage, school safety, equitable school funding, #Me Too legislation to stop workplace discrimination and sexual harassment, and legislation to stop insurers from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions.” Madden also plans to again introduce legislation with state Rep. Thomas Mehaffie of Hershey to increase the standard of living for the working class. The proposed bill would make deciding whether to form a union easier by streamlining the election process. Madden stands with firefighters, police officers, teachers, caseworkers and every government worker by again proposing this bill. Madden successfully resolved over 10,000 constituent issues in her first term and said she plans to continue the hands-on help Read more


Madden secures over $46,000 in child advocacy grant for Monroe County

(Dec 13, 2018)

STROUDSBURG, Dec. 12 – The Children’s Advocacy of Monroe County was awarded $46,939 to enhance and expand child-related services within Monroe County and the surrounding counties, state Rep. Maureen Madden announced today. “Monroe County needs this type of funding to oversee the day-to-day activities at the child advocacy center,” said Madden, D-Monroe. “Centers like this are an integral part of our community development, especially when children are involved in the healing and recovery efforts.” Funding also will be used to support the salary of an executive director, an intake/administrative assistant and other operating needs. A goal of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency is to increase the number of children served by child advocacy centers in Pennsylvania, increase the number of under resourced, geographically isolated, rural and /or underserved communities. Also, CCD centers seek to improve the quality of joint investigations, forensic interviews, expert medical evaluations and trauma-informed mental health interventions provided to help child abuse victims. 73 grants from six different categories totaling $5.7 million were awarded by the Children’s Advocacy Center Advisory Committee across the state. Money for grant is awarded through Act 28 of 2014 and through a portion of the NCAA’s penalty money resulting from the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal to aid the victims of child Read more


Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport to receive $30,000 grant

(Dec 06, 2018)

STROUDSBURG Dec. 6 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, announced today that the Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport was awarded $30,000 in grant funding. The funding will be used to acquire necessary equipment to maintain the airfield. The Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport is one of 26 airports across the state to receive a combined total of more than $6 million in state grants. “Investments into the upkeep and maintenance of the airport are necessary,” Madden said. “The airport provides significant and positive economic impact on our region, and this funding aids in assuring operations will continue to be safe and efficient.” The investments include $2.2 million in state funding from the state Transportation Department’s Aviation Development Program, which comes from the state’s jet fuel tax, and $4 million from the multimodal fund. Read more


2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar

(Nov 29, 2018)

Please download and enjoy this free 2019 calendar featuring seasonal photos of our beautiful state Capitol. Read more


Fighting hunger this holiday season

(Nov 20, 2018)

As we approach the holiday season, I wanted to take a moment and highlight resources across Pennsylvania that can assist those who may be experiencing food insecurity. Read more


House-adopts Madden resolution recognizing November as National Diabetes Month in Pennsylvania

(Nov 14, 2018)

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE State Rep. Maureen Madden D-Monroe HARRISBURG, Nov. 13 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D- Monroe, said she is pleased to announce that the state House of Representatives unanimously adopted her resolution as “National Diabetes Month” in Pennsylvania. Madden’s resolution, H.R. 1170 , calls attention to diabetes, which is a group of diseases characterized by high blood sugar that results from an insufficient production of insulin in the body. Madden said in Monroe County, the Juvenile Diabetes ‘One Walk,’ brings out many participants. “The diabetes organization in Monroe County has been doing the walk since 2012 in Stroudsburg to raise tens of thousands of dollars each year to fight this deadly disease and to help local folks with programs who’ve been diagnosed with diabetes,” Madden said. But further research and greater awareness continues to be needed, she said. “I am sure we all know someone who suffers from the disease, whether it’s a family member, friend or co-worker, and that is one of the reasons my resolution calls for a heightened understanding of diabetes which can lead to serious health complications, including heart disease, limb amputation and even death,” Madden said. According to the American Diabetes Association of Eastern Pennsylvania, Read more


More than words; how Pennsylvania supports veterans

(Nov 08, 2018)

As Veterans Day nears, I wanted to share information on programs that benefit veterans and their families. To those from Monroe County who have bravely served our country, thank you and Happy Veterans Day. Read more


Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Nov 01, 2018)

The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. LIHEAP offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000 that are sent directly to the utility company to defray heating costs for eligible households, and crisis benefits of up to $600 for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Remember: These are grants and do not have to be repaid. This season’s income guidelines for both LIHEAP cash and crisis grants are $18,210 for an individual, $24,690 for couples and increases for each additional person in the household. Please click here for more LIHEAP information. Please consider visiting my office if you need help filing a LIHEAP application. Besides my office, LIHEAP information is available by: Contacting local County Assistance offices by phone or in person. Calling the LIHEAP Client Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 or PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired. Applying online at . Read more


Senior prescription program expanded to help more people

(Oct 23, 2018)

I voted for legislation that would allow more senior citizens in Monroe County and across the state pay for their prescription medication. Putting people first and focusing on health care is part of the House Democrats' Plan for Pennsylvania Read more


Madden resolution honors East Stroudsburg University for its 125th anniversary

(Oct 17, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 17 – The House of Representatives this week unanimously adopted a resolution introduced by state Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, honoring East Stroudsburg University’s 125 th anniversary of its founding. “For more than a century, East Stroudsburg University has played a monumental role in the educational, economic and cultural landscape of Monroe County and beyond. Its persistence to offer quality and affordable education to students from all backgrounds is truly remarkable. I applaud the Warriors for their continued excellence, and I look forward to seeing the prosperity of the university for years to come.” Madden noted she is a member of the East Stroudsburg Community, and served as a professor before being elected to represent the 115 th Legislative District. The institution of higher education was founded on Sept. 4, 1893 and welcomed 320 students to its two-year programs in elementary and science education. The school was named East Stroudsburg State College in 1960 before officially becoming East Stroudsburg University in 1983. Today, East Stroudsburg University is home to more than 6,000 students and offers 57 undergraduate programs, 21 master’s degree programs and one doctoral program. It is one of the 14 institutions in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, and strives to create an environment where each and every student can learn, grow and achieve. Read more


Madden votes to expand prescription assistance for seniors

(Oct 17, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 17 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, recently voted to expand the state’s prescription-drug assistance program to more senior citizens in Monroe County and across Pennsylvania. “It’s unconscionable to think that some senior citizens are forced to choose whether to pay their rent and utilities or buy their needed prescription medications. Fortunately, Pennsylvania has been a leader in its PACE and PACENET programs in helping low-to-moderate income seniors to pay for their medicines. But we haven’t increased the income limits for many years and this week’s vote was a long time coming,” said Madden, a co-sponsor of H.B. 270. The legislation would increase the income limit for PACENET prescription-drug coverage for people 65 or older from $23,500 to $27,500 for single people and from $31,500 to $35,500 for married couples. The Pennsylvania Department of Aging estimates that more than 14,000 seniors would become eligible under the expanded income limits. “Additionally, some current enrollees in the program have seen their income rise above the limits, so this bill would allow them to continue receiving benefits,” Madden said. Madden said her office staff in Stroudsburg and Tobyhanna can help people apply for the program and other state-related services. PACE and PACENET are funded by proceeds from the Pennsylvania Lottery. The bill awaits consideration by the state Senate, which may take Read more


Madden defends animal rights legislation at news conference

(Oct 15, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 15 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, joined animal advocates, representatives from shelters/rescues and other animal-related groups from Pennsylvania to show support for animal protection bills. The Justice for Libre animal advocacy action group, Finding Shelter Animal Rescue and the Humane Society of the United States-PA are supporting two animal welfare bills ( H.B. 1216 ) -- the animal in distress or “the hot car bill” -- and ( S.B. 1154 ) -- a retail sales bill that would require pet stores to source animals from shelters and rescues rather than from puppy mill operations and require license numbers to be posted with all puppies for sale to allow transparency for consumers. “Every year, many pets die from heat exhaustion because they are left in parked vehicles,” Madden said. ”We have got to stop the excuses, such as 'I only ran in the store for a minute' and start holding pet owners accountable for their actions.” According to the American Veterinarian Medical Association, the interior temperature of vehicles parked in outside temperatures ranging from 72 to 96 degrees F rose steadily as time increased. A vehicle can quickly reach a temperature that puts pets at risk of serious illness and even death. And cracking the window makes no difference In addition, Madden and state Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Northampton, are promoting legislation to ban the practice of pet leasing at pet stores. Read more


Madden Welcomes Kinship Navigator Grant

(Oct 11, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden says a federal grant announced today for kinship navigator programs in Pennsylvania will be extremely important in helping grandparents raising their grandchildren navigate the system for available resources. Read more


Pennsylvania receives extension for REAL ID

(Oct 11, 2018)

Pennsylvania has been granted a REAL ID enforcement extension by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through August 1, 2019. This extension means that Pennsylvania residents will not face access issues when entering federal facilities or boarding domestic commercial aircraft through at least that date. REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and photo ID cards will be available from PennDOT at the customer’s option beginning March 2019. PennDOT is encouraging customers to pre-verify for REAL ID the required documentation as soon as possible, giving them ample time to prepare. More information about what documents will be required is available on PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website . More information about REAL ID, including frequently asked questions , can be found at . Read more


Rep. Madden brings home close to $70,000 to protect schoolchildren, staff and teachers

(Oct 04, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 4 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, is pleased to announce a total of $69,256 in Safe Schools Targeted Grants has been awarded to two Monroe County school districts. Madden announced the following: $39,256 to East Stroudsburg School District $30,000 to Pocono Mountain School District In September, Madden co-chaired a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing in Stroudsburg about school safety with her colleagues from across the state. “We heard testimony from experts in security, teachers, students and psychologists who expressed the same sentiment. There is no one-size-fits-all security measure to keep students, teachers and staff safe,” Madden said. The Safe Schools Targeted Grants are awarded to school districts to prevent and reduce violent incidents in schools, to purchase safety and security-related equipment, and to provide for training and compensation of school resource and police officers. Madden said every district should have the freedom to implement the security measures that adhere to their specific security needs. “Another important measure discussed at the policy hearing is increasing the number of school psychologists and other professionals to counsel students who are depressed or having difficulty coping before they turn to violence,” Madden said. The Safe Schools Targeted Grant program assists schools in: Reducing necessary student disciplinary actions and Read more


Madden pushes union bill

(Oct 01, 2018)

A Monroe County lawmaker has proposed a new law that would make it easier for state employees to unionize. Read more