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

 

McNeill, House Policy Committee examine human services for the disabled community in Pennsylvania

(Jul 24, 2018)

BETHLEHEM, July 24 – The House Democratic Policy Committee today heard from human services leaders at a hearing requested by state Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh. The hearing focused on the importance of state and local services in helping people with physical and intellectual disabilities. “Quality human services programs are a vital necessity for the disabled so that they can effectivity function on a day-to-day basis,” McNeill said. “I wanted to discuss the options that are available to them and if needed, formulate a better plan across the state.” McNeill co-chaired the hearing with state Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, who serves as Democratic House Policy Committee chairman. “I commend Representative McNeill for taking up this important issue that affects many citizens across Pennsylvania,” Sturla said. “My hope is that the issue of creating better programs for the disabled will be at the forefront of our discussion in the General Assembly when we return to session.” Those testifying at the hearing included: Sheila Theodorou, director of Bureau of Supports for People with Intellectual Disabilities, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services; Dr. Ed Norris, Department of Psychiatry chairman, Lehigh Valley Health Network and Shane Adams, supports coordinator supervisor, Service Access and Management. Also speaking on behalf of the Lehigh County Human Services Department were Josh Bridges, administrator of Read more

 

House Democratic Policy Committee takes look at Pa. food banks

(Apr 30, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 30 – The House Democratic Policy Committee today held a public hearing in the Capitol to take an in-depth look at food banks in Pennsylvania, announced state Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Sturla, chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee, was joined by Democratic chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, and other legislators from across the state to hear from stakeholders to discuss the importance of food banks and food security. “Today’s hearing offered a great opportunity for public and private partnership to come together and discuss how we can tackle food insecurity throughout the commonwealth. I hope we can continue to work together and come up with innovative solutions to make sure all Pennsylvanians have access to healthy and fresh foods,” Sturla said. Pashinski added, “Food security is a basic human right, and many people would be surprised to know that in Pennsylvania one in eight adults and one in six children struggle with hunger. We must continue to support the food banks around our state that do so much good work to address hunger issues and try to ensure that every Pennsylvanian has access to the food they need.” The committee heard testimony from Erin Smith Wachter, director of advocacy and public policy, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank; Andy Figart, sales and marketing manager, Hess Brother’s Fruit Co.; Read more

 

Spring 2018 Newsletter

(Mar 19, 2018)

Rep. Mike Sturla's Spring 2018 Newsletter. Read more

 

3/6/18 – Workforce Development – Lancaster

(Mar 06, 2018)

Materials from roundtable discussion hosted by Policy Chairman Mike Sturla. Read more

 

House Democratic Policy Committee discusses workforce development

(Mar 06, 2018)

LANCASTER, March 6 – State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable to discuss workforce development at Tec Centro in Lancaster. Members of the House Democratic Policy Committee joined Chairman Sturla, local community leaders and policy experts for a discussion on how job training and community partnerships can help workers find living-wage careers. “We received valuable input from a diverse group of stakeholders who all have a vested interest in preparing workers for the jobs of today and tomorrow,” Sturla said. “We learned that it really is a collaborative effort between government and private enterprises to help develop a well-rounded workforce that can meet the community’s needs at family-sustaining wages.” He added, “Our caucus’ Plan4PA recognizes that workforce development is a key component to ensuring a strong economy with quality jobs in our state.” Roundtable participants included: Jerry Oleksiak, secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry; Carlos Graupera, executive director, Spanish American Civic Association; Cathy Rychalsky, executive director, Lancaster County Workforce Development Board; Bob Shoemaker, project executive, Lancaster City Alliance; Tom Baldrige, president and CEO, Lancaster Chamber; Scott Fiore, vice president/partner, TriStarr Staffing; Tyrone Works, CEO, Lancaster Works; Vanessa Philbert, Read more

 

Sturla Studying Workforce Development

(Mar 06, 2018)

Chairman of the Pa. House Democratic Policy Committee Rep. Mike Sturla hosted the committee in his Lancaster City district to discuss ways that the area is attacking workforce development to help the unemployed and underemployed find good, family-sustaining jobs. Read more

 

Face the State | Rep. Mike Sturla

(Mar 06, 2018)

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Sturla to discuss workforce development at House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable Tuesday in Lancaster

(Mar 01, 2018)

LANCASTER, March 1 – As part of the House Democratic Caucus’ Plan4PA, Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable on workforce development. The roundtable discussion will take place at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 at Tec Centro, 102 Chester St., Lancaster. The media and public are invited to attend. Sturla requested this meeting to collect input on how to improve workforce development. The discussion will feature local leaders, policy experts and state legislators from all across the state. The current agenda is: 3:00 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 3:10 p.m. Discussion with Panelists: Jerry Oleksiak , secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry Carlos Graupera , executive director, Spanish American Civic Association Cathy Rychalsky , executive director, Lancaster County Workforce Development Board Bob Shoemaker , project executive, Lancaster City Alliance Tom Baldridge , president & CEO, Lancaster Chamber Scott Fiore , vice president/partner, TriStarr Staffing Vanessa Philbert , household stability impact team leader, Community Action Partnership Dr. Zoann Parker , vice president for academic affairs, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology Victor Ramos , vice president, HACC-Lancaster and Lebanon Campuses Victor Rodgers , associate provost for workforce development and continuing education, HACC Matt Johnson , Mayor’s chief of Read more

 

Sturla expresses optimism for Wolf's 2018/19 fiscal year budget proposal

(Feb 06, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 – State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, released the following response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address for the 2018/19 fiscal year: “The governor’s budget address was positive and promising. I’m in full support of his efforts, which will help move Pennsylvania forward. “The governor’s proposed investment in job training and education provides an outlook for a brighter future for Pennsylvanians. We need to work with all levels of government and private enterprises to meet the workforce needs of current and prospective businesses to continue to build and energize Pennsylvania communities, starting with investing in pre-K through K-12 and post-secondary education. “Pennsylvania has the lowest minimum wage of our neighbors. Raising the wage will help working men and women better provide for their families while depending less on social programs, thus increasing revenues for education funding and workforce development. “We heard again this year about how a modest severance tax will help us make that happen. We’re the only state with natural gas resources that doesn’t impose a severance tax. This resource will help pay for the investment in education and our future. “Additionally, the governor proposed shrinking the size of the waiting list for services for individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities, and making contributions to the state’s rainy day fund. Read more

 

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(Jan 25, 2018)

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Schweyer to host House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on health care access Wednesday in Allentown

(Jan 05, 2018)

ALLENTOWN, Jan. 5 – State Rep. Pete Schweyer, D-Lehigh, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing to discuss health care access at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10 at the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network’s Health and Technology Center, Main Level Conference Room, 850 S. 5 th St., Allentown. Schweyer requested the hearing to discuss the need for improved health care access with policy experts, some of whom provide care to the most vulnerable citizens. State legislators from all over the commonwealth will be in attendance, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Health care access is part of the House Democrats’ Plan4PA . The current agenda is: 2 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks John Kristel , president & CEO, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network 2:10 p.m. Panel One: Dr. David Burnmeister , chairman of Department of Emergency & Hospital Medicine, Lehigh Valley Health Network Alan Jennings , executive director, Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, Inc. 2:40 p.m. Panel Two: Melissa Miranda , executive director, Neighborhood Health Centers of the Lehigh Valley Deb Gilbert , director of the Parish Nursing/Community Outreach Department, Sacred Heart Healthcare System Kelly Berk , network director of maternal child health initiatives for Nurse-Family Partnership, St. Luke’s University Health Network 3:20 p.m. Panel Three: Maggie Murphy , Read more

 

Sturla announces Commonwealth Financing Authority Funding for Lancaster Projects

(Nov 14, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 14 – State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster announced today that the Commonwealth Financing Authority has approved project grants and loans totaling $12.65 million in the City of Lancaster. “I thank the CFA for approving these important projects that I supported for the betterment of Lancaster’s economy and community. I will continue to work with the City of Lancaster and local developers in helping to keep Lancaster a thriving area,” Sturla said. A $175,000 Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program grant was awarded to the City of Lancaster to be used for Farnum Park renovations. The City also received a $1.225 million Multimodal Transportation Fund Program grant for S. Duke St. improvements that include improving ADA accessibility, the addition of a roundabout, street lighting and bike lane construction. This fund provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to residents of the commonwealth. A $2 million Business in Our Sites grant and $3 million Business in Our Sites loan will be used for the development of City Gate Corporate Center, which will generate nearly 500 jobs. Business in Our Site Grants and Loans are used for site development and business, infrastructure, land and buildings. Loans are repaid at rate of two to three percent over a period not to exceed 20 years. The EDC Finance Corporation was also awarded a $6.25 million Building PA Read more

 

Sturla urges residents to sign up, review ACA healthcare coverage

(Nov 02, 2017)

LANCASTER, NOV. 2 – State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, announced that open enrollment for Affordable Care Act coverage in 2018 is now underway and residents are urged to sign up for healthcare and renew or change current benefits. “Despite confusion and threats from the Trump Administration, The Affordable Care Act is still in effect and those who need healthcare can gain access through the ACA,” Sturla said. Residents can shop for plans on their own at www.healthcare.gov or contact a local navigator for assistance at localhelp.healthcare.gov. Navigator services are free to consumers. Local Southeast Lancaster Health Services is one of many local navigators and can be reached by calling 717-917-3756; emailing info@selhs.org ; or visiting 625 South Duke Street, 515B Hershey Avenue or 333 North Arch Street in Lancaster. Sturla added, “More than 16,000 Lancaster County residents have insurance through the Affordable Care Act and it’s important that we spread the word to make sure all who need access are aware that it’s out there. More insured Pennsylvanians means healthier Pennsylvanians, health care providers get paid for the services they provide and our economy improves.” The 2018 Open Enrollment deadline is Dec. 15, 2017. Read more

 

2017 Back to School Event Recap

(Oct 27, 2017)

The 6th Annual Education Celebration and Back to School Giveaway was a great success! This year, we were fortunate to take the event to the Lancaster Barnstormers’ Clipper Magazine Stadium and expand the offerings from backpacks and school supplies to include uniforms, shoes and books! Below, you can find photos and video from the event. There’s also a list of all the sponsors and volunteers who made the event possible. SAVE THE DATE for next year – August 19, 2018 at the Lancaster Barnstormers Stadium. If you’re interested in volunteering or contributing in any way, contact Mena Rodriguez by calling my 150 E. King St. office or click here for her email. Read more

 

Fall 2017 Newsletter

(Oct 25, 2017)

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Face the State | Sunday, October 15, 2017

(Oct 16, 2017)

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Toys for Tots Applications Accepted at Sturla's Office

(Sep 29, 2017)

If you know of a family in need this holiday season, my office will serve as an application site for the Toys for Tots program. Registration can be done at this link or at my office located at 150 E. King St. My staff will provide free assistance with the application process and will help make sure the application is filled out thoroughly and completely to ensure eligibility. All submissions are due by November 3, 2017 . A valid identification for parents/legal guardians and children will be required when toys are picked up. Parents/guardians will receive a postcard in the mail in December with information on toy pick-up. Please contact my office at 717-295-3157 or stop by 150 E. King St for free help with submitting your request. Read more

 

PODCAST: PA Budget Talk with Eric Epstein/WHP 580

(Sep 27, 2017)

PA State Rep. Mike Sturla talks with Eric Epstein, filling in on The Ken Matthews Show, on WHP 580 about the state budget and Republican's failure to close the budget deficit. Read more

 

Sturla: Republican Budget Gimmicks Hurt Pennsylvanians

(Sep 14, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Mike Sturla says the risky and reckless Republican budget that robs millions from special funds is just a budgeting gimmick that will add to our structural deficit and cause cuts to many programs and services that Pennsylvanians rely on. Read more