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Bullock announces more than $500K in education equity grants

(Apr 23, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, April 23 – State Rep. Donna Bullock announced today that education equity grants totaling more than $500,000 have been awarded to schools in her district to provide access and inclusion for all learners. “Education is the key to opportunity for all of our students,” Bullock said. “Unfortunately, educational opportunities are not equal for all of our students. But grant awards like these help to bring equity to the table, enabling more students to have more access to the tools they need to be their best.” Grants were awarded to: Philadelphia City School District, awarded $500,000. Frederick Douglass Mastery Charter School, awarded $37,926. The grants, Continuing of Education Equity Grants, are designed to help provide access and inclusion for all learners by bridging the gap for students who are currently limited in their ability to participate in continuity of education, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, which administers the grants. The grants may be used to purchase computer equipment like laptops, tablets and internet hot spots, or used toward providing instructional materials like paper lessons and coursework. Schools with the highest percentages of students lacking access to resources were given priority in receiving the grants. ### Read more

 

Lawmakers to introduce legislation to address maternal/infant health crisis in PA

(Apr 23, 2020)

Coronavirus crisis underscores need for material, infant supports Read more

 

Women’s Health Caucus chairs ask Gov. Wolf to veto S.B. 857

(Apr 22, 2020)

The original intent of S.B. 857 was to expand the use of telemedicine; however, it is the view of the Women’s Health Caucus that the bill that passed the House and Senate mostly along party lines this week would be harmful to women’s health. Read more

 

Solomon to provide free food to Northeast Philadelphia communities tomorrow

(Apr 22, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, April 22 – In light of COVID-19, state Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., will team up with community partners to provide free meals to various communities in Northeast Philadelphia. At 11 a.m. Thursday, April 23, Solomon will join Matt Rossi, owner of Nick’s Roast Beef on Cottman Avenue, to provide free meals to hundreds of residents at the restaurant, 2210 Cottman Ave., 19149. Meals will be distributed in the parking lot across the street. At noon, Friday, April 24 , Solomon will provide free meals to 300 people with Orlando Jacome, owner of Tio Pepe Restaurant, at 6618 Castor Ave., 19149. Media coverage is invited. Read more

 

Frankel to introduce systemic testing, tracing bill for Pennsylvania

(Apr 22, 2020)

Legislation will urge reinvestment in health care capabilities to address COVID-19 threat Read more

 

Reps. Kenyatta, Burgos and Fiedler urge Congress to include undocumented workers in any COVID-19 response legislation

(Apr 17, 2020)

HARRISBURG, April 17 – State Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta, Danilo Burgos and Elizabeth Fiedler, all D-Phila., introduced a resolution urging Congress to also acknowledge the roughly 10 million undocumented workers in any COVID-19 financial response legislation. The resolution comes as the federal government issues portions of the historic $2 trillion financial assistance package to individuals and businesses to help mitigate the adverse economic impacts resulting from the pandemic. “There are roughly over 10 million undocumented people living in America paying billions of dollars in state and federal taxes yearly, yet many will never benefit from the services they constantly contribute to,” said Kenyatta, who represents the 181 st Legislative District. “In this time of desperation, our government should not be complicit in watching this vulnerable population that has time and again proven themselves to be a pillar of America’s economy continue to suffer.” Burgos, representing the 197 th District, concurred with Kenyatta saying, “Undocumented immigrants consistently pay about 8 percent of their income in taxes, a sizeable percentage for many who are relegated to working low-paying jobs with no benefits. These workers produce many of the essential goods we heavily rely on, even more so during this pandemic, yet they receive nothing for their labor.” Adding to Burgos’ assertion, Read more

 

Resolution by Hanbidge, Hohenstein urges U.S. Congress to act on legislation to cover hearing aid costs

(Apr 15, 2020)

In Pennsylvania, hearing aids are only required to be covered for Medicaid recipients under age 21, while all other populations in need of hearing assistance are forced to pay for hearing aids out of pocket, with the average cost being $2,300. Read more

 

Davidson calls on majority leaders to serve the people

(Apr 15, 2020)

State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, called on the leadership of the majority party in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Senate to serve the residents of Pennsylvania rather than pushing their own agenda with an eye toward acquiring more power during this current health pandemic. Read more

 

Automatic mail-in ballot legislation to be introduced

(Apr 15, 2020)

Proposed bill would send ballots to voters 60 days before an election Read more

 

Caltagirone bill to fight homelessness, blight passes House unanimously

(Apr 14, 2020)

State Rep. Thomas Caltagirone, D-Berks, applauded the bipartisan support his bill received to pass the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Tuesday. The bill would increase affordable housing in the state to address blight and help decrease the state’s growing population of homeless people. Read more

 

COVID-19 in Pa.: During This pandemic, we must address Pa.’s Black maternal health crisis | Opinion

(Apr 14, 2020)

Those who stand with us in the fight to protect Black mothers and promote policies that ensure Black families can live in safe and healthy communities need to make their voices heard and call on their elected officials to join us. Read more

 

Burns protects PA workers, puts people’s lives before profits

(Apr 14, 2020)

Sides with medical experts on coronavirus timeline Read more

 

Amazon is playing whack-a-mole with coronavirus price gouging and it’s harming Pennsylvanians | Opinion

(Apr 13, 2020)

When you need it to stay safe from a dangerous virus, it’s simply not right for companies to continue enabling people to prey on the emergency. These companies form the backbone of online retail and have an obligation to stop illegal price gouging now and put strong practices into place to stop it from happening in the future. Read more

 

Wheatley announces effort to address uncompensated care related to COVID-19 pandemic

(Apr 13, 2020)

PITTSBURGH, April 13 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley announced he will officially introduce legislation designed to assist Pennsylvania hospitals with uncompensated care costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Wheatley, D-Allegheny, said his bill would allow hospitals to apply for reimbursement of a portion of uncompensated care directly related to COVID-19. A special fund would be created and paid for through a general bond, he added. “As the number of our state’s uninsured continues to rise with many Pennsylvanians out of work and losing their employer-provided insurance, our hospitals will be confronted with an unprecedented amount of uncompensated care,” Wheatley said. “During these unprecedented times, our legislature can be proactive and take steps to prevent thousands of residents from being faced with medical-related debt, which we know can devastate their credit and plague them for years. “With the governor announcing last week that PENNVEST funds will be used to help hospitals with vital equipment and supplies, I am confident my bill would take this commitment a step further to help hospitals continue to fight on the front lines against this devastating virus.” More information on Wheatley’s bill can be found here . Read more

 

Burns co-sponsors legislation to put money in taxpayers’ pockets

(Apr 13, 2020)

Proposed legislation would exempt stimulus checks from local, state taxes Read more

 

House Democrats join Gov. Wolf to get vital funding to Pa. hospitals

(Apr 10, 2020)

HARRISBURG, April 10 – House Democrats supported today’s action by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority to deliver up to $450 million in immediate financial relief to the state’s hospitals caring for people during the COVID-19 crisis. “The federal CARES Act will deliver hundreds of millions of dollars to hospitals, but when that money will arrive is uncertain. The surge in cases is happening now and hospitals need this help now because the virus caseload intensifies each day,” Democratic Leader Rep. Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny/Westmoreland, said. “By making state financing available quickly, hospitals will be able to get doctors and nurses the equipment and supplies they require to handle the surge and save as many lives as possible. This funding is a vital lifesaving tool to help us weather the worst part of the storm,” Dermody said. At an emergency meeting today, the PENNVEST board approved a low-interest, short-term loan program to help hospitals bridge the gap until federal money arrives. The loans will be repaid to PENNVEST using part of that federal funding. “Democrats in the House and Senate are proud to work with Governor Wolf on this. It’s allowing overburdened hospitals to save more lives and keep their staff safer,” Dermody said. “Millions of people are doing their part by staying at home and flattening the curve. Frontline workers and Read more

 

Ravenstahl: Essential workers deserve essential protections

(Apr 09, 2020)

Legislator proposes bill ensuring women and men on front lines of COVID crisis have resources if sickened Read more

 

Burns skeptical of governor’s medical supplies redistribution order, as Cambria records first COVID-19 death

(Apr 09, 2020)

Burns, D-Cambria, fears that Wolf’s order may rob Conemaugh Health System of badly needed supplies Read more

 

Isaacson introduces legislation to allow Unemployment Compensation applicants to receive PIN electronically

(Apr 08, 2020)

HARRISBURG, April 8 – With a record number of Pennsylvanians applying for Unemployment Compensation benefits after suffering a loss of wages because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rep. Mary Isaacson has introduced legislation to allow those applicants to receive their Personal Identification Number, or PIN, electronically. “Life for so many Pennsylvanians has been upended,” Isaacson said. “People are worried about how they will pay their bills, how they will be able to afford the things they need in the midst of this pandemic, and their ability to receive Unemployment Compensation benefits in this chaotic time is hampered by an antiquated system. “Right now, the only way a person filing for Unemployment Compensation can receive their PIN is through snail mail,” Isaacson continued. “But we can and must do better for Pennsylvanians in need. That’s why I’m introducing legislation to require the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry to create an electronic delivery method for PINs needed for the unemployment compensation system, to provide people with another option.” Isaacson’s legislation would give Unemployment Compensation applicants the option to select to use the electronic delivery method during the application process, with traditional mail delivery being the default method. Since March 15, more than 1.1 million people have filed for Unemployment Compensation in Pennsylvania. ### Read more

 

Wheatley: Pa. needs better demographic data on COVID-19 cases in order to effectively respond, curb virus’ spread

(Apr 08, 2020)

PITTSBURGH, April 8 – Citing concerns that minority populations are more likely to be at high risk for contracting COVID-19 and less likely to have access to healthcare resources – including testing – state Rep. Jake Wheatley said he will be introducing a bill to require state agencies to collect better data to address health disparities during the current pandemic. Wheatley, D-Allegheny, said he is concerned that low-income communities of color aren’t effectively being tracked and that’s significantly hampering efforts to curb the virus’ spread. He added that minority populations have higher rates of chronic diseases, such as asthma, hypertension and heart disease, which puts them at higher risk for contracting the virus. “Several cities in the U.S., including Philadelphia, Detroit and Chicago, are showing that minority populations are dying of COVID-19 at higher rates,” Wheatley said. “In order for our state to better respond to this pandemic, it’s vital we have the correct data. My legislation would require the state departments of Health and Human Services to work closely with local officials and private labs to ensure correct data is being collected.” More information on Wheatley’s bill can be found here . Read more

 

Bullock announces more than $500K in education equity grants
Apr 23, 2020

Lawmakers to introduce legislation to address maternal/infant health crisis in PA
Apr 23, 2020

Women’s Health Caucus chairs ask Gov. Wolf to veto S.B. 857
Apr 22, 2020

Solomon to provide free food to Northeast Philadelphia communities tomorrow
Apr 22, 2020

Frankel to introduce systemic testing, tracing bill for Pennsylvania
Apr 22, 2020

Reps. Kenyatta, Burgos and Fiedler urge Congress to include undocumented workers in any COVID-19 response legislation
Apr 17, 2020

Resolution by Hanbidge, Hohenstein urges U.S. Congress to act on legislation to cover hearing aid costs
Apr 15, 2020

Davidson calls on majority leaders to serve the people
Apr 15, 2020

Automatic mail-in ballot legislation to be introduced
Apr 15, 2020

Caltagirone bill to fight homelessness, blight passes House unanimously
Apr 14, 2020

COVID-19 in Pa.: During This pandemic, we must address Pa.’s Black maternal health crisis | Opinion
Apr 14, 2020

Burns protects PA workers, puts people’s lives before profits
Apr 14, 2020

Amazon is playing whack-a-mole with coronavirus price gouging and it’s harming Pennsylvanians | Opinion
Apr 13, 2020

Wheatley announces effort to address uncompensated care related to COVID-19 pandemic
Apr 13, 2020

Burns co-sponsors legislation to put money in taxpayers’ pockets
Apr 13, 2020

House Democrats join Gov. Wolf to get vital funding to Pa. hospitals
Apr 10, 2020

Ravenstahl: Essential workers deserve essential protections
Apr 09, 2020

Burns skeptical of governor’s medical supplies redistribution order, as Cambria records first COVID-19 death
Apr 09, 2020

Isaacson introduces legislation to allow Unemployment Compensation applicants to receive PIN electronically
Apr 08, 2020

Wheatley: Pa. needs better demographic data on COVID-19 cases in order to effectively respond, curb virus’ spread
Apr 08, 2020