Schweyer sworn into office to begin third term

(Jan 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer began his third term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives where he will represent the people living in the 22nd Legislative District during the 2019-20 legislative session. Schweyer’s legislative priorities include protecting and expanding access to health insurance, appropriately funding Pennsylvania’s public schools and supporting the creation of more family-sustaining jobs in the Lehigh Valley. He supports increasing Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to help lift people out of poverty, continued criminal justice reform as well as supporting sustainable, alternative energy and a significant investment in support of our veterans. To this end, Schweyer has begun the process of reintroducing several bills and resolutions from prior sessions that would protect health care for people suffering from pre-existing medical conditions, expanding educational opportunities for all students, conducting a study on income inequality and supporting veteran suicide prevention organizations. Schweyer’s constituent service office is located at 1912 S. 4th St. in south Allentown and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The phone number is 610-791-6270. Schweyer invites constituents to visit his webpage at www.pahouse.com/Schweyer . In addition, residents can follow him via his legislative Facebook page, www.facebook.com/RepSchweyer and his legislative Twitter account Read more

 

Schweyer: Pre-existing health conditions shouldn’t mean losing insurance coverage

(Dec 28, 2018)

ALLENTOWN, Dec. 28 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, in response to legal attacks on health coverage, will introduce a bill that would prevent insurance companies from denying coverage to people with a pre-existing medical condition. “There are very wealthy special interest groups working to kick people off health care,” Schweyer said. “But there are millions of people who need to be able to afford to see a doctor when they get sick. Those are the people I’m worrying about. The idea someone could lose their health care coverage over an illness, over a disease, over even getting pregnant is insane and wrong and we can’t let it happen. “Too many families face bankruptcy from health care bills – kicking people who are already covered off that coverage or denying new coverage for people with pre-existing conditions will send more families into the poorhouse, and countless people into the grave," he said. “Just a few days ago, an extremist judge in Texas decided because Congress eliminated the individual mandate tax penalty of the Affordable Care Act, the entire ACA is invalid. This was not the final word and the ACA is still the law of the land, but if more extremist judges side with the decision, millions of people could be denied coverage outright or see their premiums skyrocket to a point where they couldn’t afford the coverage anyway.” Schweyer is a former director Read more

 

Schweyer: Let’s Get To Work

(Dec 04, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer outlines his agenda for the next session, focusing on jobs with real pay, schools, roads and being able to see a doctor when you get sick. Read more

 

2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar

(Nov 29, 2018)

Please download and enjoy this free 2019 calendar featuring seasonal photos of our beautiful state Capitol. Read more

 

Schweyer On Getting it Done for Allentown

(Nov 29, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer discusses how he was able to successfully fight to deliver more funding for Allentown’s kids and roads and also helping to get people back to work and save tax dollars. Read more

 

Fighting hunger this holiday season

(Nov 20, 2018)

As we approach the holiday season, I wanted to take a moment and highlight resources across Pennsylvania that can assist those who may be experiencing food insecurity. Read more

 

More than words; how Pennsylvania supports veterans

(Nov 08, 2018)

As Veterans Day nears, I wanted to share information on programs that benefit veterans and their families. To those from Lehigh County who have bravely served our country, thank you and Happy Veterans Day. Read more

 

Schweyer to host November veterans outreach program

(Nov 07, 2018)

ALLENTOWN, Nov. 7 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer invites local veterans to take part in a support program on Nov. 16 at his district office. A representative from the American Legion will be present in Schweyer’s office – 1912 S. Fourth St. – from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov 16 to highlight services available for veterans and their families. The representative also will be available to discuss pensions and other compensation, as well as education, health care and death benefits. Legion membership is not required to take advantage of this help. Anyone interested in speaking to the adviser is recommended to schedule an appointment through Schweyer’s office at 610-791-6270 . The help is normally available on the third Friday of every month at Schweyer’s office, but this month's date was moved up a week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Read more

 

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Nov 01, 2018)

The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. LIHEAP offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000 that are sent directly to the utility company to defray heating costs for eligible households, and crisis benefits of up to $600 for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Remember: These are grants and do not have to be repaid. This season’s income guidelines for both LIHEAP cash and crisis grants are $18,210 for an individual, $24,690 for couples and increases for each additional person in the household. Please click here for more LIHEAP information. Please consider visiting my office if you need help filing a LIHEAP application. Besides my office, LIHEAP information is available by: Contacting local County Assistance offices by phone or in person. Calling the LIHEAP Client Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 or PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired. Applying online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us . Read more

 

Weekly Medicare assistance Monday at Schweyer’s office

(Oct 30, 2018)

ALLENTOWN, Oct. 30 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, reminds people that weekly Medicare open enrollment meetings are held each Monday at his office. With the exception of Nov. 12 because of Veterans Day, every Monday through Dec. 3 an APPRISE counselor is at Schweyer’s Allentown office -- 1912 S. Fourth St. – from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for people wishing to sign up for Medicare, or those who want to change their plan. Appointments are required by calling Schweyer’s office at 610-791-6270. The counselor is available to answer questions about Medicare, Medicare Advantage plans, Medigap plans, Medicare drug plans, PACE/PACENET prescription-drug coverage and various low-income assistance programs, such as the Medicare Savings Program and Extra Help. Read more

 

Senior prescription program expanded to help more people

(Oct 23, 2018)

I voted for legislation that would allow more senior citizens in Allentown and across the state pay for their prescription medication. Putting people first and focusing on health care is part of the House Democrats' Plan for Pennsylvania Read more

 

Schweyer/Hughes defend health insurance protections for people with pre-existing conditions

(Oct 16, 2018)

Schweyer/Hughes defend health insurance protections for people with pre-existing conditions HARRISBURG, Oct. 16 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, and state Sen. Vincent Hughes, D-Phila., today held a Capitol news conference outlining their legislation designed to stop health insurers from denying coverage to people based on pre-existing conditions. Schweyer, who authored H.B. 2552 , said we must protect people from having their health insurance denied because of a pre-existing condition. “People deserve equal access to health insurance regardless of whether they have a pre-existing condition and they shouldn’t lose their house paying for it. By not defending the Affordable Care Act, the Trump administration is putting the lives of hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians at risk and H.B. 2552 is our way to fight back,” Schweyer said. Schweyer’s legislation is a companion bill to S.B. 958 introduced by Hughes. “The federal proposal to strip benefits from those with pre-existing conditions is despicable,” Hughes said. “We are fighting politicians who would penalize people in dire straits and make their lives more difficult by taking away health care rights under the Affordable Care Act. Senate Bill 958 will protect Pennsylvanians with preexisting conditions and I’m happy to work with Representative Schweyer in the House on this important cause.” Schweyer said a pre-existing condition is a Read more

 

Pennsylvania receives extension for REAL ID

(Oct 11, 2018)

Pennsylvania has been granted a REAL ID enforcement extension by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through August 1, 2019. This extension means that Pennsylvania residents will not face access issues when entering federal facilities or boarding domestic commercial aircraft through at least that date. REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and photo ID cards will be available from PennDOT at the customer’s option beginning March 2019. PennDOT is encouraging customers to pre-verify for REAL ID the required documentation as soon as possible, giving them ample time to prepare. More information about what documents will be required is available on PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website . More information about REAL ID, including frequently asked questions , can be found at www.dmv.pa.gov . Read more

 

Advocates rally in Allentown for higher minimum wage

(Sep 19, 2018)

VIDEO: Advocates rally in Allentown for higher minimum wage Read more

 

Schweyer Protecting Those With Pre-Existing Medical Conditions

(Sep 14, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer is fighting to protect Pennsylvanians with pre-existing medical conditions and ensure that they can still acquire health insurance despite the various ACA repeals by the federal government. Schweyer's House Bill 2552 would prohibit health insurance companies from using a pre-existing condition to deny or exclude coverage. Read more

 

Schweyer to host district events to assist constituents

(Sep 10, 2018)

ALLENTOWN, Sept. 10 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer today announced he will host several events in his district next week to assist constituents. “I’m pleased to host my monthly Medicare assistance program and veterans assistance outreach as well as my annual car seat safety check,” Schweyer said. “Hosting events like these make it possible for my constituents to learn about many programs available to them. In the case of the car seat safety check, constituents are able to ensure they are safely transporting the children in their lives.” An APPRISE counselor will be present at Schweyer’s office – 1912 S. Fourth St. – from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 for people wishing to sign up for Medicare, or those who want to change their plan. The counselor is also available to answer questions about Medicare, Medicare Advantage plans, Programs for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly and various low-income assistance programs. Appointments are required by calling Schweyer’s office at 610-791-6270. Schweyer’s office will also host a car seat check for families from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Neighborhood Center, 417 N. Seventh St. The event will allow safety officials to help families make sure children are protected while traveling with properly installed car seats in vehicles. Appointments are not necessary for this event. A representative from the American Legion will be in Schweyer's Read more

 

Schweyer Connecting Allentown Residents with Good Jobs

(Sep 07, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer hosted a public sector job fair along with Rep. Mike Schlossberg and Rep. Jeanne McNeill to help connect Allentown residents with a variety of good paying jobs with local, county and state agencies. Read more

 

Public Sector Job Fair

(Aug 21, 2018)

You're invited! Learn more about my Public Sector Job Fair. Read more

 

Schweyer, Schlossberg and McNeill to co-host Sept. 6 government jobs fair in Allentown

(Aug 21, 2018)

ALLENTOWN, Aug. 21 – State Reps. Peter Schweyer, Mike Schlossberg and Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, announced today they will co-host a government jobs fair from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Cumberland Gardens Boys & Girls Club Gym, 501 E. Susquehanna St. Designed to help local residents connect with government employers about work prospects, the event will include resume reviews, as well as representatives from several government agencies currently hiring. “Employment with the government offers stable, family-sustaining jobs for many people throughout Pennsylvania,” Schweyer said. “Our job fair will help prepare people for their first job, assist those revamping their career and provide everyone in between the tools necessary to succeed.” “Our community is filled with capable individuals with great potential,” Schlossberg said. “By highlighting professional opportunities in the Allentown area, my colleagues and I hope to help recruit high achieving employees for our government.” “Working with my colleagues to plan an event like this is important for the future of our area,” McNeill said. I look forward to meeting the hardworking people of the Lehigh Valley and to help with their professional development.” For more information about the event, contact Schweyer’s office at 610-791-6270, Schlossberg’s office at 610-821-5577 or McNeill’s office at 610-266-1273. Read more

 

Summer Newsletter

(Aug 15, 2018)

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