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McClinton to co-host weekly radio program

(Mar 28, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 21 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, will co-host a weekly radio program from 11 a.m. to noon every Thursday on radio station WTTM, 1680 AM. The program, entitled "Voices from the Inside," will focus on the state's prison system and reducing crime. McClinton will be joined by co-hosts state Rep. Leslie Acosta, D-Phila., Esteban Cabrera and author Hugh Taft-Morales. "I am excited to have this opportunity to discuss our criminal justice system," McClinton said. "This new program will offer a voice to those currently incarcerated and will promote the sharing of ideas between prisoners and us on the outside. Thanks to Rep. Acosta, who developed the idea and invited me to participate in such a meaningful program. "By meeting those currently in prison, I hope that the listeners will understand the need for changes and improvements in our current system. We need to establish more humane methods to house our prisoners and work with them so they can be rehabilitated and can return to society and contribute. We waste so much money incarcerating those who have committed minor offenses and by locking them up for extended periods of time, we make it harder for them to blend back in to society and hold a meaningful job. "Additionally, we will be discussing community programs which may reduce violence and crime." The program will air live at 11 a.m. every Thursday on 1680 AM, and it can also Read more

 

Schlossberg applauds House Transportation Committee’s vote to strengthen rear-facing child seat measure

(Dec 09, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 9 – The House Transportation Committee today amended and reported out a bill, authored by state Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, to strengthen provisions intended to keep infants safe while traveling in a vehicle. "On Monday, at a public hearing held by the House Transportation Committee, I was pleased to see wide, bipartisan support for efforts to improve child safety in Pennsylvania," Schlossberg said. "After a productive and frank discussion, it was clear that there was sufficient support to strengthen my bill by amending it to offer even better protections for our youngest and most vulnerable citizens. I fully support that effort." House Bill 1551, which originally would have required children younger than 1 to be secured in a rear-facing car seat, was amended by the committee to require children to be secured in a rear-facing car seat while in a vehicle until age 2 unless otherwise stated by the manufacturer’s specification of the car seat in use. Schlossberg noted that this change to his bill follows recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics. During the House Transportation public hearing, Ted Leonard, executive director of the Pennsylvania AAA Federation, voiced AAA’s support for efforts to enhance the requirement to secure children under age 2 in rear-facing car seats or until that child reaches the maximum height and weight for the car seat as noted by the manufacturer. "As a father of two young children, I find it hard to belie Read more

 

Readshaw bill would offer relief for families dealing with drug epidemic

(Dec 07, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 7 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, has introduced H.B 1692, which would make it easier for family members to commit a loved one for drug and/or alcohol treatment. “Too many families watch their loved ones deal with alcohol or drug abuse problems and can only standby while they spiral into despair, or worse,” Readshaw said. “I have been working with family members, law enforcement, the district attorney, the minor courts and others to ensure that my bill would offer remedies for families seeking help for their loved one. "I introduced this bill at the request of my friend, a constituent who recently lost his son because of a drug overdose," he added. Readshaw said that Pennsylvania families are the front lines of the opiate epidemic in this Commonwealth, and this bill is an effort to provide families with another avenue of resources. House Bill 1692 would provide for involuntary treatment requirements and procedures for individuals suffering from alcohol and other drug abuse; and imposing duties on the Department of Health and the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. Presuming the person has a reasonable benefit of recovery and the individual presents an imminent danger or imminent threat of danger to self, family or others as a result of alcohol and other drug abuse, or there exists a substantial likelihood of such a threat in the near future, a family member would be able to petition the Court of Common Pleas to initiate proceedings for in Read more

 

Readshaw encourages low-income families to apply for heating help

(Dec 02, 2016)

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 2 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny announced the state's heating assistance program, LIHEAP, is accepting applications for the winter. The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program provides federal aid to eligible families to help pay winter heating bills and cover emergency heating equipment needs. "LIHEAP ensures that qualified households can pay for their heating costs, such as gas, oil or electricity," Readshaw said. "Emergency funds are also available for households without heat or fuel, or those facing cut-off from a supplier. "My staff can help complete the application." Household income limits to qualify vary according to family size: Household Size Maximum Income 1 2 3 4 $17,655 $23,895 $30,135 $36,375 The household income level increases by an additional $6,240 for each additional person. "Since this program is based on federal money, the state budget impasse should not affect the funding for this program," Readshaw said. Applications also can be completed online at www.compass.state.pa.us, and can be obtained at local county assistance offices, which can be found at www.alleghenycounty.us/dhs/CAO-locations.aspx. Read more

 

Rozzi and Murt team up with PCAR and Turning Point for private screening of 'Spotlight'

(Nov 16, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 16 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, and state Rep. Tom Murt, R-Montgomery/Phila., announced today that they will host a private advance screening of the film “Spotlight” on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at the Midtown Cinema, 250 Reilly St. The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and Turning Point are the event sponsors. A complimentary reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., prior to the movie. Remarks will be offered by the sponsors and hosts in support of legislation that would modify the Pennsylvania statute of limitations to allow victims to seek civil action against abusers and the institutions that shield them. “Spotlight” is the true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child sexual abuse and cover-up within the local Boston Archdiocese. More information about the event is available by contacting Rozzi’s Harrisburg office at (717) 783-3290. To reserve tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/private-advance-screening-of-spotlight-tickets-19499631924. Seating is limited. Read more

 

Readshaw hosting flu shot clinic on Nov. 5

(Oct 28, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 28 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, will host a flu shot clinic from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Nov. 5 at Concord Presbyterian Church, 1907 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, 15210. Pneumonia shots also will be available. "The earlier you can get a flu shot, the longer you are protected through the flu season," Readshaw said. "It is important to remember that flu is not just a nuisance. It can be a serious, even fatal, illness, especially for those young children, elderly and anyone who may have a weaker immune system." While the flu vaccinations are not free, the costs are covered by all Medicare Part B plans as well as many other medical insurance plans. Vaccination recipients must bring their insurance cards when they get their shots. Readshaw reminds people who may have the flu to see a doctor as quickly as possible. There are treatments which may lessen the severity of the illness if taken quickly enough. Read more

 

Route 309 to receive improvements thanks to $800,000 state grant

(Oct 14, 2016)

WILKES-BARRE, Oct. 14 – The Greater Wilkes-Barre Industrial Fund has been awarded an $800,000 grant for the Route 309 Safety Improvement Project, according to state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne. “This project will improve traffic patterns and increase safety. Congratulations to the Greater Wilkes-Barre Industrial Fund for its good work," Pashinski said. Pashinski noted the Route 309 Safety Improvement Project will include road construction and alignment of the Blackman Street Plaza and the intersection of Johnson Street and Route 309, traffic signal installation, and paving, grading and curbing. The Multimodal Transportation Fund was created by Act 89, enacted in November 2013, Pennsylvania’s far-reaching transportation funding plan. For the first time, transit, aviation, rail freight and pedestrian and bicycle modes obtained dedicated sources of funds, putting the modes on a firmer footing for future initiatives. Read more

 

Costa, Gainey secure grant funds for two local projects

(Oct 14, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 14 – More than $3 million in grant funds from the state’s Multimodal Transportation Fund will be used to support two local projects focused on improving communities and providing recreational opportunities for residents, state Sen. Jay Costa, D-Allegheny, and state Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, announced. Read more

 

Lackawanna River Heritage Trail benefits from $463,179 state grant

(Oct 14, 2016)

SCRANTON, Oct. 14 – State Rep. Marty Flynn said a $463,179 grant announced today by PennDOT will help to connect the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail to Lackawanna Avenue. Read more

 

Longietti: Over $1 million in multi-modal grants coming to 7th District

(Oct 14, 2016)

State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today a total of $1.13 million in multi-modal grant funding coming to the 7th Legislative District for highway and bridge projects in Farrell and Sharon. Read more

 

Briggs announces $1 million state grant for Upper Merion Community Center

(Oct 14, 2016)

KING OF PRUSSIA, Oct. 14 – State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, announced today that the Upper Merion Community Center Project has received a $1 million state grant. Briggs said the funding will allow for renovations of the existing 64,000-square-foot-building, which formerly housed a Gold’s Gym, to continue its transformation into an active community center. "This center will be a vibrant space that will meet the recreation and cultural needs of Upper Merion residents," Briggs said. "The community center will also serve the growing senior population in the area as the new home of the Upper Merion Senior Services Center." The grant, which was awarded through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, will also allow for roadway and pedestrian renovations that will link the community center with the local elementary schools, middle schools and township parks. The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is a statewide economic development program that provides grants to local communities for the construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. Read more

 

Krueger-Braneky encourages constituents to take advantage of ABLE Act

(Oct 13, 2016)

State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware, is encouraging residents of the 161st Legislative District to explore their options for financial security through Pennsylvania’s Achieving a Better Life Experience Act, which soon will be fully operational. Read more

 

Rep. Bizzarro holds news conference to propose better wages and benefits for home health workers

(Oct 13, 2016)

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, joined fellow colleagues and members of the State Employees International Union today at a news conference to outline a plan in an effort to solve the long-term care crisis in Erie. The group has proposed providing a decent living wage and affordable health care so a suitable home health care workforce stays in Erie and across the state “Home health care workers play a critical role in maintaining the health of people they care for, such as people with disabilities and senior citizens. We need to do more,” Bizzarro said. Bizzarro said more senior citizens would be able to continue living their life and keeping their dignity when living in their own home. The union has proposed raising the wages of all Erie County home care workers to $15 per hour and to implement programs to provide quality health care. According to SEIU, to meet the demand for home care by 2015, Erie County will need over 950 more home care workers. Pennsylvania currently ranks 12 th in the country in Medicaid nursing home costs, roughly $60,000 per resident. In addition, it costs approximately $23,000 per resident to receive home care services under the Aging Waiver. In Erie County, $81 million is being spent on nursing home care, compared to $56 million on care at home. In an effort to solve the growing crisis in long-term care, Bizzarro is working with home care workers, health advocates, AARP, the Centers for Independent Living and many other Read more

 

McNeill holds town hall on heroin and opioid epidemic in Lehigh Valley

(Oct 13, 2016)

WHITEHALL, Oct. 13 – Following Gov. Tom Wolf’s recent call for the General Assembly to act on legislation to help combat the growing heroin and opioid crisis in Pennsylvania, state Rep. Dan McNeill held his fourth town hall meeting Wednesday to address the overwhelming epidemic. Several parents brought their children to the Salisbury High School auditorium to hear from officials and experts about the dangers of drug use. Speakers included: Joe Stauffer, chief deputy district attorney of Lehigh County and supervisor of the Narcotics Unit; Joe Martellucci, Lehigh County assistant administrator for Drug and Alcohol; Bill Stauffer, executive director, Pennsylvania Recovery Organization–Alliance (PRO-A); and Donna Jacobsen, leader, Lehigh Valley Parent Group. Martellucci said more must be done in Pennsylvania to treat people who are addicted to heroin and opioids. “You don’t treat a cancer patient for only 30 days, so why do we treat those suffering from heroin and opioid addiction for 30 days?” noted Martellucci. Jacobsen recalled the story of her daughter’s battle with addiction and her struggle to finally get clean. “I never thought I would be the parent of a heroin addict. Her doctor prescribed Xanax for her anxiety but guess what? She ended up addicted to heroin,” Jacobsen said. “She comes from a loving, hardworking family. It could happen to anyone; it could happen to you.” In addition to Read more

 

Commentary - Let's Bridge the Gap Between Workers' Wages and Quality Home Care

(Oct 13, 2016)

Commentary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro D-Erie www.pahouse.com/Bizzarro Let’s bridge the gap between workers’ wages and quality home care According to Webster’s Dictionary, the medical definition of a home health aide is a trained and certified health-care worker who provides assistance to a patient in the home with personal care (like hygiene and exercise) and light household duties (like meal preparation) and who monitors the patient's condition. That’s a pretty big responsibility for health care professionals who barely get by financially and often times need to rely on public assistance as an income supplement. That’s right. Home care workers who play a critical role in maintaining the health of the people they care for in Erie and across the state are in need themselves of a living wage and affordable health care. It seems a bit ironic that a state with the fifth-highest senior citizen population, 65 and older, would be the same state that doesn’t adequately pay its home health workers – or for that matter, provide them with decent health care. By 2030, one in four Pennsylvanians will be 65 or older, and nine of 10 seniors want to receive quality health care at home for as long as they can. Our state doesn’t have enough home care attendants to meet growing needs because they keep leaving Read more

 

Rep. Bizzarro outlines statistics on solving Erie's long-term care crisis

(Oct 13, 2016)

Solving Erie County’s Long-Term Care Crisis In Erie County – much like the rest of Pennsylvania – a crisis in long-term care is holding back the health and security of seniors and people with disabilities and leaving caregivers struggling to make ends meet. By 2030, one in four Pennsylvanians will be 65 or older , and nine of 10 seniors want quality care at home for as long as possible . At the same time, there are simply not enough home care attendants to meet the growing need for home- and community-based care. Many individuals are discouraged from becoming home care attendants because of low pay, lack of healthcare and limited – if any – training and support. As a result, two out of every five Pennsylvania home care workers leave the field each year . Home health aides in the state are paid an average $10.26/hour, and nearly half of the workforce relies on public assistance for food or healthcare. In Erie County, more than 303,000 residents will be 65 or older by 2025. To solve the growing crisis in long-term care, home care workers, health advocates, AARP, the Centers for Independent Living and many others are working to strengthen home- and community-based care to make sure every seniors gets the quality care they deserve and to bring more people into this important profession. Long-Term Care in Erie County Without improvements to strengthen home- and community-based care, the care crisis will only grow worse in Erie Read more

 

McClinton to host SEPTA Key photo ID events in October

(Oct 12, 2016)

McClinton to host SEPTA Key photo ID events in October PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 12 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila/Delaware, will host two events for older residents of Southwest Philadelphia to have their photos taken for SEPTA's new Key photo ID cards. SEPTA Key is the modern fare payment and collection system being unveiled by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. It offers seniors an alternative to using their Pennsylvania driver’s license or state-issued ID card. The events locations, dates and times are: Thursday, Oct. 20 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Walnut Park Plaza 6250 Walnut St., Philadelphia, 19139 And Thursday, Oct. 27 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Presbyterian Homes 2050 S. 58th St., Philadelphia, 19143 Lunch will be served at both events. The new SEPTA Key card will have a contactless chip, so riders only will need to scan it to pay for their ride. While an appointment is not required to attend the events, interested attendees can call McClinton's constituent service office at 215-748-6712 for more information. "The new SEPTA Key cards will make it much easier for our seniors to take advantage of the free and reduced travel opportunities available in the region," McClinton said. "I encourage local seniors to get their photos taken now to enjoy the benefits of this new ID and fare system." Read more

 

Cruz to sponsor flu shot clinic at Philadelphia office

(Oct 12, 2016)

State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., Democratic chairman of the House Human Services Committee, today announced he will be hosting a flu shot clinic from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 at his district office, 3503 North B St., unit 7 (corner of B and Tioga sts.), Philadelphia, PA 19134. Read more

 

DeLuca bill would require rate-hike request notice for long-term care insurance

(Oct 12, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 12 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, Democratic chairman of the House Insurance Committee, has introduced a bill which would require insurance companies to notify their long-term care policy holders when the companies request to raise their rates. Current state law only requires insurance companies notify subscribers once the rate increase has gone into effect. "Consumers deserve the right to know a rate increase has been requested before it takes effect," DeLuca said. "The bill would also give policy holders the right to file comments with the Insurance Department for a period of 30 days." "Consumers expect to be notified of pending rate increases for most utilities which face government oversight, like home energy or water bills. They deserve the right to offer input on the cost increases planned for this critical insurance policy. "I realized that this is a critical issue earlier this year when some insurance companies requested rate increase that would have more than doubled their rates. Consumers need to be aware of those potential increases before they are approved," DeLuca continued, "And they deserve the right to comment on the impact the proposed increase would have." DeLuca expects his legislation will be referred to the House Insurance Committee for further consideration. ### Read more

 

South Abington outreach Oct. 19

(Oct 12, 2016)

SCRANTON, Oct. 12 – A staffer from state Rep. Marty Flynn's office will provide outreach assistance next week in South Abington Township. The visit will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 19 at the South Abington Township Building, 2nd floor meeting room, 104 Shady Lane Road, Chinchilla. Read more

 

McClinton to co-host weekly radio program
Mar 28, 2017

Schlossberg applauds House Transportation Committee’s vote to strengthen rear-facing child seat measure
Dec 09, 2016

Readshaw bill would offer relief for families dealing with drug epidemic
Dec 07, 2016

Readshaw encourages low-income families to apply for heating help
Dec 02, 2016

Rozzi and Murt team up with PCAR and Turning Point for private screening of 'Spotlight'
Nov 16, 2016

Readshaw hosting flu shot clinic on Nov. 5
Oct 28, 2016

Route 309 to receive improvements thanks to $800,000 state grant
Oct 14, 2016

Costa, Gainey secure grant funds for two local projects
Oct 14, 2016

Lackawanna River Heritage Trail benefits from $463,179 state grant
Oct 14, 2016

Longietti: Over $1 million in multi-modal grants coming to 7th District
Oct 14, 2016

Briggs announces $1 million state grant for Upper Merion Community Center
Oct 14, 2016

Krueger-Braneky encourages constituents to take advantage of ABLE Act
Oct 13, 2016

Rep. Bizzarro holds news conference to propose better wages and benefits for home health workers
Oct 13, 2016

McNeill holds town hall on heroin and opioid epidemic in Lehigh Valley
Oct 13, 2016

Commentary - Let's Bridge the Gap Between Workers' Wages and Quality Home Care
Oct 13, 2016

Rep. Bizzarro outlines statistics on solving Erie's long-term care crisis
Oct 13, 2016

McClinton to host SEPTA Key photo ID events in October
Oct 12, 2016

Cruz to sponsor flu shot clinic at Philadelphia office
Oct 12, 2016

DeLuca bill would require rate-hike request notice for long-term care insurance
Oct 12, 2016

South Abington outreach Oct. 19
Oct 12, 2016