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 . Read more


Advocates rally in Allentown for higher minimum wage

(Sep 19, 2018)

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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)

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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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Schlossberg, Schweyer and Browne announce funding for renovation

(Aug 08, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 8 – State Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer, and state Sen. Pat Browne announced today funding to renovate the Allentown Commercial and Industrial Development Authority’s manufacturing site, which will provide employment opportunities and further economic development for the Lehigh Valley. The project is supported by the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, and will provide 75 full-time, manufacturing jobs once completed. Funding will cover construction costs related to the renovation of the 52,000 square foot building at 606 S. 10 th St. in Allentown and will specifically be used toward the cost of roof replacement, wall and ceiling insulation as well as new or replacement of windows and doors. “The Allentown Metal Works is at the heart of Allentown’s manufacturing history,” Schlossberg said. “I am thrilled to work with Governor Wolf, Representative Schweyer and Senator Browne to help create jobs that pay at this location during these exciting times in Allentown.” “Allentown Metal Works is an old fabricating building that will be brought back to life by this project,” Schweyer said. “Through the vision of the entrepreneurs that will inhabit this space, our city will see light manufacturing start-ups playing a key role in the city’s continued economic redevelopment. I look forward to working with the administration, my colleagues and our local partners to invest in job Read more


7/25/18 – House Bill 2552 – Allentown

(Jul 25, 2018)

Materials from public hearing hosted by State Rep. Pete Schweyer. Read more


Rep Schweyer, Policy Committee discuss his bill to protect people with pre-existing conditions

(Jul 25, 2018)

ALLENTOWN, July 25 – The House Democratic Policy Committee today heard from insurance and medical-related officials on a bill ( H.B. 2552 ) introduced by state Rep Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, that would stop health insurers doing business in Pennsylvania from denying coverage based on a pre-existing condition. “I requested this hearing in an effort to protect people from having their health insurance terminated because of a pre-existing medical condition,” Schweyer said. “If the federal Department of Justice persists in refusing to defend a provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, many of people across Pennsylvania may be left without health insurance or face expensive health insurance premiums.” Schweyer co-chaired the hearing with state Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, who serves as Democratic House Policy Committee chairman. “It is imperative to the people of Pennsylvania that we discuss this topic in order to pass a state law that would preserve the pre-existing condition protection if the ACA is proved to be invalidated by the courts,” Sturla said Schweyer’s legislation is a companion bill to ( S.B 958 ), introduced by state Sen. Vincent Hughes, D-Phila. Those testifying at the hearing included: Allison Beam, chief of staff, Pennsylvania Insurance Department; Ken Bertka, family physician and vice president of clinical integration, St. Luke’s Care Network; Doug Furness, senior director of Read more


Rep. Schweyer to host public hearing on his protecting pre-existing conditions bill Wednesday in Allentown

(Jul 20, 2018)

Schweyer to host public hearing on his protecting pre-existing conditions bill Wednesday in Allentown ALLENTOWN, JULY 20 – As part of the House Democratic Caucus’ Plan4PA, state Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, is hosting a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on his legislation ( H.B. 2552 ) that would prohibit health insurers from denying or excluding coverage based on a pre-existing condition in Pennsylvania. The hearing will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 25 at Lehigh County Government Center, Public Hearing Room 111, South 7 th St., Allentown. Schweyer requested the hearing to discuss how 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. He will be joined by legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 10 a.m. – Welcome and Opening Remarks 10:10 a.m. – Allison Beam 10:40 a.m. – Ken Bertka Luke’s Care Network 11:00 a.m. – Doug Furness Blue Cross 11:20 a.m. – Alvaro Castillo Access Network 11:40 a.m. – Closing Remarks The meeting is one in a series being held across the state on the House Democrats’ Plan4PA ( ), which includes putting people first, good jobs, quality Read more


Browne, Schlossberg, Schweyer secure $10 million for Allentown School District

(Jun 22, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 22 – Senate Appropriations Chairman Pat Browne and Representatives Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer, both D-Lehigh, today announced they secured a $10 million supplement for the Allentown School District in the Fiscal Year 2018-19 General Fund Budget which passed the state Senate and House of Representatives and will be sent to the governor for his signature. Read more


Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program deadline to apply extended to Dec. 31.

(Jun 11, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 11 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, today said that the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2017 has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31. Schweyer said constituents 65 or older, widow or widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older qualify for the benefits under the program. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income and any COLAs are excluded. “I encourage residents to find out if they are eligible as soon as possible so they don’t miss out on this program,” Schweyer said. “Rebates for this program will be distributed beginning on July 1.” Constituents can obtain applications and get help filling them out by visiting Schweyer’s district office at 1912 S. Fourth St., Allentown, or by calling 610-791-6270 . Schweyer said applications usually take 4 to 6 weeks to process. Last year nearly 600,000 seniors and people with disabilities benefited from the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, the program delivered more than $262 million to income-eligible seniors and people with disabilities who applied for rebates on rent and property taxes paid in 2016. The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for certain qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975. Applicants may obtain Read more


Veterans outreach June 15th at Schweyer's office

(Jun 05, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 5 -- Area veterans are invited to take part in a support program next week at the office of state Rep. Peter Schweyer. Read more


Schweyer Hosts Annual Senior Fair

(May 18, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer hosted his annual Senior Fair at the East Side Youth Center in Allentown, giving area seniors a chance to socialize and learn about the many programs and services available to help them live a happy, health life. Read more


Schweyer, Schlossberg invite constituents to free Senior Fair

(May 07, 2018)

ALLENTOWN, May 7 – State Reps. Peter Schweyer and Mike Schlossberg, both D-Lehigh, will host a Senior Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, May 18 at the East Side Youth Center, 1140 E. Clair St., 18109. Read more


Schweyer Recognizes Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Day

(May 02, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer speaks on House Resolution 854 designating May 12, 2018, as “Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Day” in Pennsylvania. Read more