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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

 

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

 

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

 

Rep. McCarter interviewed by the Rick Smith Show

(Mar 12, 2015)

Rep. McCarter spoke with the Rick Smith Show about his pre-K hearing in Wyncote. Read more

 

McCarter, House Democratic Policy Committee explore pre-K funding in Pa.

(Mar 10, 2015)

State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, hosted the House Democratic Policy Committee today at Curtis Hall to discuss the value of pre-K education funding and how to ensure it’s properly funded in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

House Democratic Policy Committee to hold hearing on pre-K funding Tuesday in Wyncote

(Mar 09, 2015)

State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, today announced the agenda for the House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on pre-K funding in Pennsylvania, which will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 at Curtis Hall, 1250 W. Church Road, Wyncote, PA 19095. Read more

 

McCarter: Increase in public education funding what Pennsylvania needs

(Mar 03, 2015)

State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, issued the following statement today following Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address: Read more

 

Climate Concerns Must be Taken Seriously

(Feb 20, 2015)

On February 20, I joined Rep. Greg Vitali of Delaware and Montgomery counties at a Capitol press conference to show support for his legislation designed to encourage Pennsylvania to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Our state produces almost one percent of the world’s greenhouse gasses, and this is leading to continuing troubling trends concerning global warming. It’s imperative that we work with the Wolf administration to make reducing Pennsylvania’s carbon footprint a priority. The legislation introduced today would accomplish three goals – increasing the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard, permanently funding the Sunshine Solar program and reducing the demand for energy. This is not outlandish legislation. These are modest changes which will go a long way in encouraging a change in how our state consumes energy and how we think about climate change. I will continue to fight for the health of our environment and keep you updated on these issues. Read more

 

McCarter: Wolf’s Medicaid expansion right decision for Pennsylvanians

(Feb 09, 2015)

HARRISBURG , Feb. 9 – State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, applauded the decision by Gov. Tom Wolf to fully expand Medicaid in Pennsylvania. "The expansion of Medicaid has been a long time coming, and I’m proud Pennsylvania finally has a governor who realized the importance of expansion and what it can do for the health of our citizens," McCarter said. "The Corbett plan was simply a weakened alternative to expansion that was overly confusing, unnecessarily difficult to navigate and placed the health of those trying to access health care at risk. "The full expansion is a win-win-win for Pennsylvanians. Expansion will create between 35,000 and 40,000 jobs, cover hundreds of thousands of uninsured Pennsylvanians, and open the flow of federal money into our state. This infusion will greatly benefit the current budget shortfall we’re experiencing due to a lack of vision from the previous administration. Most importantly, this will lead to a more vibrant Pennsylvania with healthier citizens, and I commend Governor Wolf for doing the right thing." Those interested in applying for health insurance can apply online at www.compass.state.pa.us . Read more

 

2015 Trout Stocking Schedule

(Feb 04, 2015)

2015 Trout Schedule. Read more

 

Rep. McCarter's speaks with Comcast Newsmakers

(Jan 26, 2015)

Rep. McCarter sat down with Comcast Newsmakers to discuss the $2 billion deficit Pennsylvania is currently facing and what can be done to address it. Read more

 

A Fresh Start for Our State

(Jan 20, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Stephen McCarter says Gov. Tom Wolf’s inauguration brings needed change to the state, after four years of funding cuts and failed policies. Read more

 

Hope for Hannah legislation becomes law

(Dec 28, 2014)

Pennsylvania's children have a new protection thanks to Hannah's Law, named after Hannah Ginion of Bristol Township, who suffered from the rare genetic disorder called Krabbe disease. Hannah passed away on Dec. 28, 2014. Read more

 

Beware IRS phone scams

(Nov 29, 2014)

Recently, my office received information about phone calls received statewide in which an individual claimed to be from the IRS and demanded payment on taxes owed. Please be aware – this phone call is a scam, and the IRS will NOT initiate first contact with you on the phone about taxes owed. Always be wary of unsolicited phone calls in which an individual claims to represent a business or government entity and aggressively demands payment. The IRS does not operate this way and will always send official correspondence through the mail to make its first contact with you. Read more

 

HEROIN: What you need to know about Pennsylvania’s Good Samaritan Law

(Nov 24, 2014)

Landmark legislation passed during the 2013-14 Legislative Session now allows first responders, including law enforcement, fire fighters, EMS or other organizations the ability to administer a medication known as naloxone, a life-saving opioid-overdose antidote. The law also allows individuals such as friends or family members who might be in a position to help a person at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose to obtain a prescription for naloxone. Additionally, Act 139 provides immunity from prosecution for those responding to and reporting overdoses. Read more

 

In the News: Dept. of Human Services name change better reflects mission

(Nov 24, 2014)

House Bill 993, which renamed the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare as the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, was signed into law as Act 132 during the 2013-14 Legislative Session. According to advocates for the change, renaming the department was long overdue, and as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported, the name change better reflects the department’s mission. Read more

 

Do you need help paying heating bills?

(Nov 24, 2014)

As we get into the coldest months of winter, many people are worried about affording their increasing heating costs. If you or someone you know qualifies, my office could help you take advantage of a program set up to curtail high home heating bills. Read more

 

Apply for health insurance by Feb. 16

(Nov 23, 2014)

The open enrollment period for health care coverage is now underway. If you or someone you know is in need of health insurance, please consider visiting the federal Marketplace at www.HealthCare.gov. Applicants have until Feb. 16, 2015 to enroll. Everyone, no matter what age, needs health insurance. A random accident or unexpected illness could put you in danger of losing not only your good health but also your financial future. Read more

 

Sign up for the Do-Not-Call list

(Nov 22, 2014)

To register for the Pennsylvania and national do-not-call lists, visit http://www.attorneygeneral.gov/dnc.aspx or call 1-888-777-3406. Registration is free. There is a rolling enrollment; individuals may sign up at any time and the registration is good for five years. After that, you can re-enroll. And, signing up on Pennsylvania's list automatically adds those numbers to the national do-not-call list. Read more