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PA Power Switch: Ask the right questions

(Dec 30, 2016)

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


Neilson applauds passage of medical marijuana bill

(Mar 16, 2016)

HARRISBURG, March 16 – State Rep. Ed Neilson, D-Phila., praised today’s House passage of legislation that would legalize the use of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. “Today, Harrisburg was able to come together in a bipartisan fashion to ensure that citizens in our state who suffer from debilitating diseases can obtain the medicine they need,” Neilson said. “Misunderstandings about this medicine and fears about its potential abuse shouldn’t tie the hands of doctors who are trying to offer relief to their patients.” The House passed an amended version of S.B. 3, which originally passed the Senate in May 2015. The amended bill would require a prescribing doctor to be registered with the Health Department before they could prescribe the use of cannabis. “The need for this medicine has been great and the inability to acquire it has caused real pain throughout this commonwealth,” Neilson said. “I have heard of multiple families moving out of Pennsylvania to a state that allows medical marijuana simply to ensure a child or other loved one has access to the medicine. Patients shouldn’t be forced to decide between the medicine they need and breaking the law, and when this bill is signed into law they won’t have to.” Under the bill, authorized doctors would be only be able to prescribe medical marijuana for the following conditions: intractable seizures, cancer, HIV/AIDS, ALS, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, Huntingdon's disease, Crohn's disease, post-t Read more


Neilson: Castor Ave. office is closing, but I’m still here to help

(Feb 24, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 24 – State Rep. Ed Neilson, D-Phila., is reminding constituents that although his Castor Avenue constituent service office will be closing at the end of the week, his Old Ashton Road constituent service office remains open and ready to assist them. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Neilson will close his 8100 Castor Ave. constituent service office at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. "It is my goal to ensure that each and every resident of the 174th Legislative District has easy access to the services my office can provide," Neilson said. "While it is unfortunate that this office had to close, I am currently looking at other options that would enable my staff and me to offer the same opportunities to the district in a more convenient location." Neilson said his main constituent service office, located at 16 Old Ashton Road, will remain open and can be reached at (215) 330-3714. "My Old Ashton Road office remains fully functional and my staff is equipped to handle a variety of questions about issues related to city, state or federal government," Neilson said. "I hope constituents think of our office as a one-stop shop if they need help with car registrations, signing up for the PACE or PACENET prescription drug programs, obtaining birth or death certificates, or other services." 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


Neilson promotes National Senior Independence Month

(Feb 10, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 10 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution today, sponsored by state Rep. Ed Neilson, D-Phila., which designates the month of February 2016 as "National Senior Independence Month" in Pennsylvania. "I empathize with older Pennsylvanians who want to do everything possible to stay in the homes that they spent years working for, and my loved ones have expressed similar desires to me and my family," Neilson said. "According to the American Association of Retired Persons, 86 percent of adults over 45 years of age would prefer to stay in their current residence as long as possible, and I can’t blame them. I believe it is appropriate for the state to look at every opportunity to make that desire a reality for as many seniors as possible." Neilson said that National Senior Independence Month serves as an opportunity for senior citizens to evaluate their current living situation, recognize the strengths and weaknesses in their daily routine and make adjustments for a better lifestyle. "While living independently can pose challenging for some older Pennsylvanians, a few simple changes to home or lifestyle could end up making all the difference. Ensuring that a home is well taken care of and that there aren’t any obvious risk to a senior’s health or well-being will go a long way in keeping them in their home," Neilson said. Neilson said that older Pennsylvanians who are interested in staying in their home should routinely 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


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