PACE, PACENET and PACE plus Medicare are Pennsylvania's prescription assistance programs for older adults, offering low-cost prescription medication to qualified residents, age 65 and older. As of this year, the legislature passed a law excluding Social Security Medicare Part B premiums from being counted towards income levels. Read more
Pennsylvania has a Children's Health Insurance Program that provides free and low-cost health insurance to children. CHIP is not welfare – it covers children of working parents whose employers don't offer coverage and who can't afford private insurance. If you can't afford health insurance for your children, chances are they are eligible for CHIP. Read more
Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Read more
In Pennsylvania, you can choose the company that generates your electricity – also known as your electric supplier. This means that you have the power to switch to a competing supplier who can offer the lowest price, or provide a specific service you want, such as “green” or renewable energy. Read more
National Consumer Protection week runs from March 1 through 7, 2015. It’s a great time for consumers nationwide to take some extra time to make sure they’re making the best decisions for themselves in banking and investing, health and safety, identity theft protection and more. Read more
The city promised to go after shady tow truck companies, but it looks like those companies are at it again; KDKA's Andy Sheehan reports Read more
HARRISBURG, Pa. —Smoking is banned in many places in Pennsylvania, and now a lawmaker wants to extend that ban to vehicles.
Rep. Dom Costa (Democrat -- Allegheny County) is sponsoring the bill that would fine adults caught smoking with children 12 and younger in the car. Read more
Smoking while driving kids could soon become a very expensive proposition if one bill banning and fining people who do it gets passed by the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
Rep. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny, has proposed a bill that aims to protect children secondhand smoke. The bill, House Bill 109, bans people from smoking in vehicles that are transporting children 12-years-old or younger. Read more
Teaching financial responsibility is an important part of preparing students for life beyond high school. That is why I’ve introduced House Bill 328, legislation that would make taking a personal finance course a graduation requirement. Read more
Banishing Pennsylvania's riches of illegal video poker machines for glitzy, legal versions could spur a billion-dollar industry, gambling advocates told Harrisburg lawmakers Thursday.
“This is not new gaming. There's not a pizza shop or bar you go into where they aren't already there,” said John Milliron, a lobbyist who represents the Pennsylvania Amusement and Music Machine Association. Read more
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and there is no better way to show your loved ones you care than making sure your personal and financial well-being is protected with health insurance.
If you do not currently have health insurance, I strongly urge you to consider visiting www.healthcare.gov to enroll by the Feb. 15, 2015 deadline.
PITTSBURGH, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny, announced that fire and EMS companies throughout the district have been awarded grants from the state Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program. Read more
I reintroduced legislation that would strengthen Pennsylvania’s animal cruelty laws and make sure perpetrators are prosecuted to the full extent of the law. House Bill 113 is now awaiting consideration by the House Judiciary Committee. Read more
HARRISBURG >> Animals — and their rights — are on the state Legislature's agenda for the 2015-2016 session.
Sen. Richard Alloway, R-Chambersburg, introduced a bill that would ban possession of exotic animals, while Rep. Dom Costa, D-Stanton Heights, introduced a bill to more harshly punish animal abusers. Read more
I am working to prevent bullying and educate all Pennsylvania students on the harms of bullying by introducing House Bill 98. This legislation would require nonpublic schools to adopt a bullying policy and to review the policy annually with students. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny, was sworn in today for his fourth term serving 21st Legislative District residents in the Pennsylvania House of RepresentativesToday’s ceremony marks the beginning of the 2015-2016 legislative session, the 199th of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. The state House returns to voting session Jan. 20.“Serving the 21st Legislative District is a great honor, and I plan to continue to work hard to reflect their needs and interests in the district and Harrisburg,” Costa said.Costa said he will continue to fight for legislation regarding animal rights, first responders, public safety, and consumer protection and insurance issues.Residents may visit Costa’s constituent service office located at 6808 Greenwood St., Suite 2, Pittsburgh or call 412-361-2040 for free assistance with state-related services, including driver and vehicle assistance and Property Tax/Rent Rebate applications. Costa encourages residents to sign up for periodic email updates from him on state issues and services by visiting his legislative website, www.pahouse.com/DCosta, and clicking on the "Sign Up for Emails" link under the contact tab. He also encourages residents to visit his social media sites at www.facebook.com/RepDomCosta and http://twitter.com/RepDomCosta. Read more
Police officers now have a new way to pinpoint the location of missing persons within the commonwealth.
Senate Bill 1290, known as the Kelsey Smith Act, gives law enforcement the ability to request GPS information from cell phone providers in the event of a life-threatening emergency. Read more
In the near future, I plan to re-introduce legislation – House Bill 760 – to strengthen our animal cruelty laws in the Commonwealth.
As you may know, a number of studies have concluded that individuals who commit acts of animal cruelty have a higher likelihood of committing domestic violence, as well as other acts of violence against individuals. As such, these individuals not only commit cruel and inhumane acts against animals, but they also pose a threat to our communities. Therefore, I believe we need to ensure that we have sufficient penalties in place to adequately punish these individuals committing these acts of animal cruelty.
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