Delco House, Senate Delegation Introduce New Bills to Reform Abusive For-Profit Hospital Deals

(Jun 16, 2022)

DELAWARE COUNTY, June 16 – Today, State Senator Tim Kearney (D-Chester/Delaware) was joined by Senator John Kane, Senator Anthony Williams, Representative Gina H. Curry, Representative Leanne Krueger, Representative Jennifer O’Mara, and Representative Mike Zabel, to discuss new legislation that will prevent financial looting of Pennsylvania hospital systems by private-equity and for-profit companies. The package of bills was created in response to decisions made by Prospect Medical Holdings - the parent company of Crozer Health - to close numerous departments, cut healthcare staff, and discontinue services within several Delaware County hospitals. “What’s happening with Crozer Health is a tragedy and underscores the need for legislators to work to protect our local healthcare systems from manipulative and predatory private-equity practices in the future,” said Senator Kearney. “We want to give the state more oversight over these transactions and create other policies that deter these bad actors from looting our healthcare systems and then running once the resources vanish. If private equity in healthcare prioritizes investors and protects their assets, then this legislative delegation will work equally as hard to protect our constituents, and the integrity of our health care systems.” Prospect Medical Holdings and its former majority owner Leonard Green & Partners have a history of abusing healthcare systems to maximize Read more

 

BI-WEEKLY E-BLAST (June 16): Weekend of Celebrations - Juneteenth & Father's Day

(Jun 16, 2022)

Sunday, June 19, is Juneteenth. This holiday, formally known as Juneteenth Independence Day, commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. Read more

 

O’Mara organizes bipartisan support for presentation of Delco Day citation this weekend

(Jun 09, 2022)

SPRINGFIELD, June 8 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, accompanied by fellow Democratic and Republican Delaware County PA House members, will come together this Saturday to commemorate Delco Day. Lawmakers will present an official House citation to Delaware County recognizing June 10 as Delco Day, symbolizing a play on the calendar date and the county’s area code. The citation will be presented at this year’s host for Delco Day festivities, Marty Magee’s Irish Pub, 1110 Lincoln Ave., Prospect Park. Live music and activities will take place from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, June 11 into Sunday, June 12. “June 10, or 6/10, is an annual celebration of all things Delco. Our county is one of resilience, grit, and charm but, most importantly, unity. This is why Democratic and Republican state reps came to recognize this special day, to truly capture the essence of our community,” O’Mara said. Delco Day supports the HEADstrong Foundation, which works to provide housing for cancer patients. More information is available by calling O’Mara’s office at 610-544-9878. Additional details on Delco Day are also available online at https://delcolive.com/ . Read more

 

BI-WEEKLY E-BLAST (June 3): June Updates from Rep. O'Mara

(Jun 03, 2022)

Today, June 3rd, is National Gun Violence Awareness Day aka Wear Orange Day. Read more

 

BI-WEEKLY E-BLAST (May 19): Thank you Delco police, EMS, and poll workers!

(May 19, 2022)

Wrap up your annual spring cleaning at a free shred and e-waste event that I’m hosting in partnership with state Sen. Amanda Cappelletti this weekend! Read more

 

BI-WEEKLY E-BLAST (May 6): Preparing for the May 17th Primary

(May 06, 2022)

The May 17 primary is right around the corner! As there are no constitutional ballot questions this time, only registered Democrats and Republicans may cast their ballots in this primary election. Read more

 

State lawmakers demand action on PA Fertility Act

(Apr 26, 2022)

“Just to give you an idea of what many aspiring families are facing, one day my insurance had not been loaded and our bill for that day came to $15,000,” said State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, who has undergone needed fertility treatments in the wake of her husband suffering injuries as a result of his work as a combat veteran. “This is the sad reality for too many hardworking people across Pennsylvania attempting to start a family.” Read more

 

BI-WEEKLY E-BLAST (April 22): Earth Day and Election Day in Delco

(Apr 22, 2022)

Happy Earth Day! Did you know that Pennsylvania’s constitution guarantees the right to clean air, clean water, and open space? Read more

 

O’Mara announces $2.5M in grants benefiting Delco residents

(Apr 19, 2022)

SPRINGFIELD, April 19 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara today announced that Delaware County and organizations within have been awarded $2.5 million in grants to help create local apprenticeship programs, invest in electric vehicles and charging stations, and heighten safety measures at a local place of worship. “It’s rewarding to see state dollars working to preserve two of our constitutional rights – our right to religious freedom plus our state constitution guarantees Pennsylvanians the right to clean air and pure water,” O’Mara said. Funding has been awarded as follows: Beth El-Ner Tamid: $20,000 from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to strengthen the synagogue’s safety and security measures. Delaware County: Two grants, both worth $300,000, from the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant program , to go toward electric vehicle usage. One grant will go toward purchasing 69 electric cars for use by county departments, with 29 dedicated to the new health department for health care visits around the county. The second grant will install 22 Level 2 dual-plug charging stations, for a total of 44 chargers. The following grants were awarded through PAsmart and will provide regional employment and educational opportunities: BAYADA Home Health Care: $650,000 to Read more

 

BI-WEEKLY E-BLAST (April 8): Fighting for families from Delco to Harrisburg

(Apr 08, 2022)

Last week, I was glad to meet with students from Temple University and the University of Pittsburgh, plus rally with students from across the commonwealth to bring two important issues into the Capitol – tuition costs and college food insecurity. Read more

 

BI-WEEKLY E-BLAST (March 25): PA Supreme Court finalizes new district maps

(Mar 25, 2022)

The PA Supreme Court finalized the Legislative Reapportionment Commission’s new maps last week. The maps were deemed constitutional and all legal challenges have been resolved, so these maps have officially been approved. Read more

 

Rep. O'Mara's March 2022 print newsletter

(Mar 21, 2022)

Rep. O'Mara's March 2022 print newsletter including information on grant money brought home, reapportionment, upcoming events and more. Read more

 

BI-WEEKLY E-BLAST (March 11): Pennsylvania and Delco stand with Ukraine

(Mar 11, 2022)

As the conflict in Ukraine continues unfolding, it’s important that we all show our support for the people of Ukraine in any way we can. Read more

 

BI-WEEKLY E-BLAST (Feb. 25): Recognizing our community's emergency responders

(Feb 25, 2022)

In a few of my past e-mails, I’ve mentioned a 24-year-old Springfield resident, Gregory, who is in urgent need of a kidney donor. Gregory has been diagnosed with end-stage renal failure, membranous nephropathy and undergoes dialysis seven days and seven nights a week. Read more

 

Policy discussion: Construction workers and unemployment compensation

(Feb 15, 2022)

During a hearing of the House Democratic Policy Committee Monday, lawmakers explored the challenges Pennsylvania’s unemployment compensation system had for construction workers and how the legislature can work with the Department of Labor & Industry to make the process better and easier to navigate. Read more

 

BI-WEEKLY E-BLAST (Feb. 11): Budget season begins in Harrisburg

(Feb 11, 2022)

Budget season officially commenced this week in Harrisburg. Read more

 

O’Mara announces nearly $83,000 in grants for local emergency responders

(Feb 11, 2022)

SPRINGFIELD, Feb. 11 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, announced seven area fire and EMS companies have been awarded grants through the Office of the State Fire Commissioner. “It’s always rewarding to see the state prioritize our emergency responders. They show up during times of crisis and help people overcome some of the scariest, darkest moments of their lives,” O’Mara said. “This funding will help them not only effectively do their jobs, but I hope also serve as a thank you for all that they do.” Local grants were awarded as follows: Springfield Fire Co.: $15,000. Broomall Fire Co.: $15,000. Radnor Fire Co. of Wayne: $15,000. Radnor Fire Co. of Wayne (EMS): $8,325. Morton Rutledge Fire Co.: $13,000. Marple Township Ambulance Corps.: 8,325. Villanova Emergency Medical Services: $8,325. The grants can be used for facility upgrades, equipment, debt reduction, training, education and public outreach, recruitment and retention, construction savings accounts, overtime costs associated with backfilling positions while firefighters are attending training (career departments only), and revenue loss due to COVID-19 impacts. “In addition to these grants, we also just passed separate legislation this week to distribute $25 million in American Rescue Plan dollars to emergency services companies throughout the commonwealth,” O’Mara said. Read more

 

O’Mara applauds governor’s proposed 2022-23 state budget

(Feb 08, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 8 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara applauded Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed 2022-23 state budget, saying it makes important investments in Pennsylvania’s future. “This budget would invest in education at all levels, including funding that would help our students most in need, would raise the minimum wage to ensure hard-working Pennsylvanians can support their families and would increase support for individuals with disabilities and other vulnerable populations,” O’Mara said. “ The governor’s proposal would also invest in programs critical to protecting our environment, while preparing Pennsylvania’s workers and communities for the transition to cleaner energy. This proposal – which doesn’t raise taxes – sets us on the right track as we work to finalize a budget in the coming months.” The proposed budget, announced today, includes $1 million for the Hunger-Free Campus Initiative, a new grant program to fight food insecurity at colleges and universities – which O’Mara has introduced legislation to create . “ Far too many college students in Pennsylvania are food insecure, and the ongoing pandemic has only exacerbated the problem. I’m pleased that the governor recognizes the need to alleviate this burden so that students’ basic needs are met, and they are able to focus on their education,” said O’Mara, D-Delaware. Read more

 

Miss my latest Tele-Town Hall? Catch up on the discussion here.

(Feb 04, 2022)

Find out what our friends and neighbors had to say about the issues that matter in Delco. Read more

 

BI-WEEKLY E-BLAST (Jan. 28): General Assembly moves legislation to help PA hospitals

(Jan 28, 2022)

I’m proud to share that in the first month of 2022, the General Assembly came together and passed a bill to provide financial aid to hospitals. Read more

 

Delco House, Senate Delegation Introduce New Bills to Reform Abusive For-Profit Hospital Deals
Jun 16, 2022

BI-WEEKLY E-BLAST (June 16): Weekend of Celebrations - Juneteenth & Father's Day
Jun 16, 2022

O’Mara organizes bipartisan support for presentation of Delco Day citation this weekend
Jun 09, 2022

BI-WEEKLY E-BLAST (June 3): June Updates from Rep. O'Mara
Jun 03, 2022

BI-WEEKLY E-BLAST (May 19): Thank you Delco police, EMS, and poll workers!
May 19, 2022

BI-WEEKLY E-BLAST (May 6): Preparing for the May 17th Primary
May 06, 2022

State lawmakers demand action on PA Fertility Act
Apr 26, 2022

BI-WEEKLY E-BLAST (April 22): Earth Day and Election Day in Delco
Apr 22, 2022

O’Mara announces $2.5M in grants benefiting Delco residents
Apr 19, 2022

BI-WEEKLY E-BLAST (April 8): Fighting for families from Delco to Harrisburg
Apr 08, 2022

BI-WEEKLY E-BLAST (March 25): PA Supreme Court finalizes new district maps
Mar 25, 2022

Rep. O'Mara's March 2022 print newsletter
Mar 21, 2022

BI-WEEKLY E-BLAST (March 11): Pennsylvania and Delco stand with Ukraine
Mar 11, 2022

BI-WEEKLY E-BLAST (Feb. 25): Recognizing our community's emergency responders
Feb 25, 2022

Policy discussion: Construction workers and unemployment compensation
Feb 15, 2022

BI-WEEKLY E-BLAST (Feb. 11): Budget season begins in Harrisburg
Feb 11, 2022

O’Mara announces nearly $83,000 in grants for local emergency responders
Feb 11, 2022

O’Mara applauds governor’s proposed 2022-23 state budget
Feb 08, 2022

Miss my latest Tele-Town Hall? Catch up on the discussion here.
Feb 04, 2022

BI-WEEKLY E-BLAST (Jan. 28): General Assembly moves legislation to help PA hospitals
Jan 28, 2022