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4/4/18 – Affordable Health Care – Wilkes-Barre

(Apr 06, 2018)

Materials from public hearing hosted by State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski. Read more


Seeking an affordable healthcare solution

(Apr 05, 2018)

A lack of affordable and accessible healthcare is a growing problem. While some of us are uninsured, many others who are insured have difficulty getting the treatment they need because they can't cover the cost. As Eyewitness News Reporter Mark Hiller explains, several state lawmakers met Wednesday in northeastern Pennsylvania to find a solution. Read more


State Rep. Pashinski hosts House hearing on affordable health care

(Apr 05, 2018)

Before a state House hearing on health care began Wednesday, Mike and Mary Jane Shinko wondered what they might learn.“We want affordable health care for everyone, not just for the very rich or very poor,” said Mary Jane, of Miners Mills. “The middle class can’t afford health care.” Read more


Pashinski, House Democratic Policy Committee explore affordable health care

(Apr 04, 2018)

WILKES-BARRE, April 4 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at King’s College to discuss affordable health care for Pennsylvanians. Pashinski requested the meeting to gain insight from state officials and policy experts on the current costs of health care and how to make it more affordable to meet the needs of all Pennsylvanians. Members of the Policy Committee from across the state attended, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “Between the year 2000 and 2009, health care costs rose on average 6.9 percent yearly,” Pashinski said. “Following the passage of the Affordable Care Act, costs still rose an average of 4.2 percent yearly. The ACA helped the continually rising cost of health care, but it didn’t help enough. We continue to be the only industrialized nation that doesn’t offer some form of universal health care, while at the same time paying nearly double in health care costs compared to those nations and we still have nearly one-third of Americans with zero or inadequate health insurance.” Sturla added: “I thank Representative Pashinski for inviting the Policy Committee to his legislative district, so we could get local input on various health care issues. House Democrats’ Plan4PA strives to achieve affordable health care for everyone while putting people first.” “To truly solve this problem, I believe Read more


Pashinski announces over $1.6 million in Local Share Account grants

(Mar 16, 2018)

State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, today announced a total of 14 projects in his district would be receiving $1.65 million in gaming funds from the Commonwealth Financing Authority. Read more


Pashinski Recognizes Music in Our Schools Month

(Mar 14, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski speaks on his House Resolution 698, designating the month of March 2018 as "Music in Our Schools Month" in Pennsylvania. Read more


Pashinski: Music Education Matters

(Mar 13, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski talks about the importance of music education to a student’s lifelong learning at PMEA's 7th Annual Music Education Advocacy Day at the Capitol. Read more


Pashinski, Watson discuss bills to help grandparents raising grandchildren

(Mar 12, 2018)

To assist grandparents who have sole caregiving responsibilities for their grandchildren, Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, and Rep. Kathy Watson, R-Bucks, today discussed legislation at the state Capitol that would give grandparents better access to already existing resources.An estimated 82,000 grandparents are the sole caregivers for the nearly 89,000 grandchildren in Pennsylvania. That number is increasing due to the devastating opioid crisis across the commonwealth. Read more


New state congressional map would split Luzerne County

(Feb 20, 2018)

The new congressional map introduced Monday by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court puts most Luzerne County residents in the 8th Congressional District with other Northeast Pennsylvania counties — Lackawanna, Wayne, Pike and most of Monroe.Some municipalities in western Luzerne County are in the 9th Congressional District with Columbia, Montour, Carbon, Schuylkill, Berks and Lebanon counties and part of Northumberland County. Read more


Rally against gun violence held on Public Square

(Feb 20, 2018)

Martha Hart remembers being awakened in the middle of the night with a gun to her head by a husband who was convinced she was cheating on him — a husband who owned the gun legally.Hart said, although the incident happened in the late 1970s, she was willing to share it with attendees of a “Enough is Enough” gun-control rally Sunday on Public Square because of her strong belief in sound gun-control policies. Read more


Wilkes-Barre General debuts $40 million expansion

(Feb 14, 2018)

Before cutting the ribbon to celebrate the opening of Wilkes-Barre General Hospital’s expanded heart and vascular unit Tuesday, Chief Executive Officer Cor Catena talked about commitment to community. Read more


Cautious Optimism Greets Ag Budget

(Feb 12, 2018)

After three years of difficult budgets, the mood in the state capital was nearly positive after the release of Gov. Tom Wolf’s agricultural budget for the coming fiscal year.The typical cuts — for ag research; centers for farm transition, beef and dairy excellence; and agricultural shows — remain, but the state Agriculture Department starts at a better financial point compared with previous years. Read more


Area’s Harrisburg delegation reacts to Wolf’s budget proposal

(Feb 08, 2018)

Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday unveiled his election-year budget plan, renewing familiar battles with the Republican-controlled Legislature over imposing a tax on Marcellus Shale natural gas and increasing the minimum wage. Read more


Policy swing through Western PA; Real ID update; Summer jobs for college students

(Jan 19, 2018)

Week in Review 1/19 Read more


Topic A with Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski

(Jan 11, 2018)

Rep. Pashinski joined Gary Perna of WYLN for Topic A to talk about grandparents raising grandchildren. Read more


Grandparents raising grandchildren need our help

(Jan 03, 2018)

During this special time of year, we all look forward to seeing our friends and especially our family. Mothers and fathers have their children come home for a few days. Aunts and uncles get to see nieces and nephews they don’t often see and cousins reunite for what may be their only yearly opportunity to see each other. Read more


Wilkes to receive $1 million in RACP funding for pharmacy upgrades

(Dec 22, 2017)

WILKES-BARRE, Dec. 22 -- State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, announced this morning the approval of a Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant totaling $1 million for upgrades to the pharmacy program within Wilkes University’s Stark Learning Center. “This funding is a tremendous boon to Wilkes University’s Stark Learning Center and its Nesbit School of Pharmacy as a whole,” Pashinski said. “Their pharmacy program is already a shining example nationally that trains our future pharmacists in the multitude of fields necessary for careers in the pharmacy industry. I would like to especially thank Governor Tom Wolf, as well as the officials from Wilkes University and Wilkes-Barre who recognized the importance of this grant and gave it their support.” “I would like to thank Governor Tom Wolf, Senator John Yudichak, Representative Eddie Day Pashinski and our entire legislative leadership for their continued support of Wilkes University and our pharmacy program,” said President Patrick F. Leahy. “In the 20-year history of the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy, over 1,100 individuals have received their Pharm. D. degrees from Wilkes, and the vast majority of these graduates currently work as practicing pharmacists in Pennsylvania. This is an investment in delivering quality health care throughout the Commonwealth.” The RACP funding will go toward substantial enhancements to the pharmacy facilities at Wilkes. Read more


2018 Capitol Scenes Calendar

(Dec 18, 2017)

Please download and enjoy this free 2018 calendar featuring seasonal photos of our beautiful state Capitol. Read more


Legislators work to make family law easier for grandparents

(Dec 18, 2017)

To Beth O’Boyle – who is raising her grandson because her son is a heroin addict – it seems society is more focused on helping the addict than the people whose lives the addict has harmed.“We’re not doing a thing for these grandparents raising these kids. Nor are we doing a thing for the kids,” she said.Some Pennsylvania legislators are trying to change that. Read more


Grandparents raising grandchildren air pressing issues at Wilkes forum

(Nov 30, 2017)

Brenda Saba and Beth O’Boyle were two of several grandparents who told emotional stories about raising grandchildren during a Wednesday forum at Wilkes University.The real-life tales — some challenging, some tragic — “tear at your heartstrings,” said state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski. Read more