DeLuca encourages high school seniors to apply for PA House scholarship

(Jan 18, 2022)

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 18 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca is informing high school seniors and their families seeking financial assistance for college that they can now apply for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship Program. “I want to make sure students and their families are aware of this prestigious program, which could help with some of the rising costs associated with pursuing higher education,” DeLuca said. “I encourage students in my district to apply.” Each year the program, which is privately funded, awards a four-year scholarship to two students preparing for post-secondary education. Each award consists of the value of one semester of tuition at the State System of High Education for each of four years. The scholarship program is open to graduating high school seniors who are Pennsylvania residents and plan to attend a Pennsylvania college, university or career school as a full-time student. Other eligibility factors taken into consideration include a minimum 3.0 cumulative high school grade point average, commitment to community, leadership qualities, extracurricular activities and financial need. The Foundation for Enhancing Communities administers the scholarship program. The application is available through the foundation’s website at: https://www.tfec.org/wp-content/uploads/HouseOfReps_OnePageSummary.pdf . The deadline to apply is March Read more

 

DeLuca: Pennie Can Help Those Who Need Health Insurance

(Jan 05, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Tony DeLuca joined Gov. Tom Wolf and colleagues from the House and Senate to discuss the benefits of Pennie, the state’s health insurance marketplace. As the Democratic chair of the House Insurance Committee, DeLuca supported legislation that created Pennie, which provides quality and affordable health care coverage. DeLuca encourages Pennsylvanians to take advantage of Pennie’s open enrollment, which ends on January 15, 2022. Read more

 

DeLuca outraged at GOP’s failure to consider outside income amendment

(Dec 15, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 15 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, said he was ‘deeply disappointed’ following the House’s failure to consider his legislation that would bar PA House members from having outside income while working for the legislature. “Members of the House and Senate are paid a full-time salary and should do a full-time job,” DeLuca said. “They’re already making far more than the average Pennsylvania worker and owe it to the people they represent to put their constituents’ interests, and not their own, first.” DeLuca had offered his legislation as an amendment to H.B. 71, which would amend the state constitution to establish spending limits that the state must abide by each fiscal year. However, his amendment was defeated in a party-line procedural vote. The lawmaker said he was also outraged by comments made by the House majority leader, state Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, who urged members to vote against allowing DeLuca’s amendment to move forward, and who said the cost of living varies across the state and some members may require outside income to pay mortgages or car insurance. “To suggest that House and Senate members -- who are already paid generously -- aren’t making enough money is insulting to the many working Pennsylvania families who are struggling to make ends meet,” DeLuca said. “Further, having an outside source of income opens lawmakers up to Read more

 

DeLuca applauds opportunity to discuss amendment on his outside-income legislation

(Dec 14, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Dec.14 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca is applauding the move by Republicans in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to put H.B. 1596 on the voting schedule, giving him the opportunity to bring up his outside-income legislation as an amendment to the bill. DeLuca said his amendment would limit legislators from holding second jobs in the private sector outside of their elected duties. “The diversity in professional backgrounds we see among public officials brings varying levels of knowledge and experience to the public policy area, but while in office, we should be focused on our duties as elected representatives and the issues the people of Pennsylvania sent us to Harrisburg to address,” said DeLuca, D-Allegheny. He added, “The General Assembly of Pennsylvania is a full-time legislature, paid for full-time work. Given the difficult problems facing our commonwealth, I believe that our position as members of this House requires our full attention.” DeLuca said his amendment would also limit conflicts of interest and reduce the impact of money in politics, which he feels would help to restore the trust and confidence in public officials. House Bill 1596 would amend the state constitution to require voter ID and make the Secretary of the Commonwealth an elected office, rather than an appointed one. The legislation is awaiting consideration from the full House. Read more

 

DeLuca: $237,500 investment awarded to improve Penn Hills community parks

(Dec 14, 2021)

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 14 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, announced today the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources awarded $237,500 in grant funding for rehabilitation projects for Universal Park and Penn Hills Community Park. “Penn Hills Park and Universal Park are both very valuable assets in the municipality,” DeLuca said. “This grant money will allow Penn Hills to rehabilitate and improve these parks, including making them ADA compliant, so they can be utilized and enjoyed by the entire community. I was proud to support this grant application and I will continue to advocate for funding for projects that improve our community and our lives.” DeLuca said the funding will be used to install new playground equipment with safety surfacing at Penn Hills Community Park, while upgrades to Universal Park include pavilions, pedestrian walkways and parking areas. Both parks will also see enhancements for ADA access, landscaping, project signs and other related site improvements. DCNR Deputy Secretary Lauren Imgrund joined municipal officials at Universal Park today to discuss the grant funding, which was made available through the Community Conservation Partnership Program. More information about the program is available here . Read more

 

Drop off holiday toy donations at my office

(Nov 22, 2021)

Once again, my district office, 7205 Saltsburg Road in Penn Hills, is a drop-off location for new toys as part of the Western PA Police Athletic League (WPAL) annual “Stuff A Store” holiday drive. Read more

 

DeLuca: More than $165,000 in grants awarded to upgrade community parks

(Nov 19, 2021)

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 19 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, announced more than $165,000 in state funding for projects to renovate and upgrade parks in Plum, Verona and the municipality of Penn Hills. “Parks in these communities are popular places for residents to gather, play and enjoy the outdoors,” DeLuca said. “These upgrades will not only improve the parks, but also make them more accessible for everyone. As always, I’m proud to have helped these communities in my district secure funding to enrich their parks and I look forward to seeing the projects when they’re completed.” DeLuca said the Commonwealth Financing Authority awarded the following grants from its Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program: $81,000 to Plum Borough for the third phase of a project to mill and resurface the basketball court, and add court line striping, new chain link fence with gates and new hoops at Renton Park, as well as additional landscaping to establish a multi-purpose green space. $75,000 to Verona Borough to renovate Cribbs Field and Riverbank Park. The Riverbank Park project will build new ADA restrooms, repair existing play equipment, install new equipment, repair and install new sections of the park’s walking path, and renovate the basketball courts with an acrylic sports surface. The Cribbs Field project will install new play equipment, rehab existing equipment, install new swings Read more

 

DeLuca encourages applications for grant program that connects veterans with job opportunities

(Nov 16, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 16 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, is encouraging eligible workforce development entities in Allegheny County to apply for grants from the Veterans Employment Program, which has $800,000 in funding available to support initiatives that connect Pennsylvania veterans with employment opportunities. “Our veterans served our nation with unwavering commitment and courage, but often times they can face obstacles to employment when they return to civilian life,” DeLuca said. “A grant from the program can help local workforce development boards and other organizations develop solutions that break down those barriers and improve employment outcomes for veterans. I’m proud to support a program that recognizes our veterans are highly skilled and vital to our state’s workforce.” DeLuca said the $800,000 in PA Industry Partnership Heroes Path funds and reemployment funds will allow the Department of Labor and Industry to support four workforce development projects. The successful applicants will use this funding as a tool to address barriers to employment that veterans often face while they transition back to civilian life. Additional details and the grant applications can be found here . The deadline to apply is Dec. 30. Eligible applicants include local workforce development boards, nonprofit and non-governmental entities, community-based organizations, education and Read more

 

Pennie enrollment now open

(Nov 01, 2021)

State Rep. Tony DeLuca, Democratic Chairman of the House Insurance Committee, announced today the 2022 Open Enrollment Period for health insurance coverage through Pennie is now open. Pennie was created through legislation in 2019, moving Pennsylvania from the federal-based exchange to a state-based marketplace. This move has helped residents save hundreds and in some cases thousands of dollars on health insurance. Customers may see additional savings when enrolling in a 2022 Pennie plan due to the American Rescue Plan. Pennie’s open enrollment period runs now through January 15, 2022. Visit pennie.com for more resources on the health insurance-buying process or call 1-844-844-8040. Read more

 

DeLuca: Verona awarded $18,000 grant to support increased physical activity

(Oct 28, 2021)

Congratulations to Verona Borough, which was awarded $18,000 in WalkWorks grants to create an active transportation plan that includes new and improved pedestrian, bicycle and transit networks. I'm happy to have helped secure funds that will support increased physical activity in the community! Read more here: https://www.media.pa.gov/pages/health-details.aspx?newsid=1642 Read more

 

LIHEAP now accepting applications

(Oct 26, 2021)

LIHEAP now accepting applications Read more

 

DeLuca pleased with insurance rates released by Insurance Department

(Oct 01, 2021)

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 1 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, is reminding Pennsylvanians that they have more choices while shopping for health insurance coverage following the state Insurance Department’s announcement of 2022 health insurance rates . “I’m pleased that the rates coming out of the state Insurance Department have been kept to a minimum, which we may not have seen without the passage of Act 42 of 2019 ,” DeLuca said. “As the Democratic chair of the House Insurance Committee, I helped to usher through legislation that became Act 42, establishing the state’s health insurance marketplace known as Pennie, which we’ve been able to run more efficiently than the federal government. This year, Pennsylvania’s Reinsurance Program is resulting in 2022 individual market premiums that are 5.5% lower on average than what they would have been without the program.” DeLuca said with the new rates there are more options for consumers who are looking for health insurance plans. He also encouraged consumers who may not be happy with their current coverage to shop around. DeLuca said the next open enrollment period for 2022 health insurance coverage begins on Nov. 1 and runs through Jan. 15, 2022. Pennsylvanians can sign up for individual health insurance coverage at Pennie.com . Read more

 

DeLuca demands answers from PA Turnpike Commission about more than $104 million in uncollected tolls

(Sep 21, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 21 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, demanded answers from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission regarding reports that more than $104 million in tolls went uncollected last year during its transition to electronic tolling. “This uncollected revenue is especially concerning to me because it may have been captured if the Turnpike had continued employing the approximately 500 fare-collection workers who were laid off in 2020 during the transition to electronic tolling,” said DeLuca, the Democratic chairman of the House Insurance Committee. “These fare-collection workers had good family-sustaining jobs and they made great contributions to their local economies.” DeLuca’s letter to Turnpike Commissioner Mark Compton sought answers to several questions, including if layoffs were cost-effective compared to the millions lost in uncollected tolls, along with the costs of mailing notices and initiating collections, if the uncollected tolls would have been captured if there had not been layoffs, and for solutions to collect money from unpaid invoices from the Turnpike’s Toll-by-Plate operations. A copy of DeLuca’s letter can be found here . “These unpaid tolls will raise rates for law-abiding drivers who do pay their tolls,” DeLuca said. “I’m asking these questions on behalf of those drivers and the former fare-collection workers who lost their jobs during this transition, and Read more

 

DeLuca to propose legislation to protect patients and taxpayers in response to federal lawsuit against UPMC surgeon

(Sep 15, 2021)

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 15 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, the Democratic chairman of the House Insurance Committee, will introduce legislation aimed at protecting patients and preventing health care fraud following the recent federal lawsuit against UPMC and one of its top surgeons. The government claims the surgeon booked multiple surgeries at the same time, submitted false claims to Medicare and Medicaid, and put patients at risk for serious harm. “If true, these allegations show serious flaws in our health care system,” said DeLuca, D-Allegheny. “Patients facing complex surgeries should know that their doctor will be in the operating room for the duration of their procedure with complete focus on their medical care. The legislation I’m proposing would offer an extra level of protection for those patients and help ensure violators are held responsible.” DeLuca said his legislation would include the following: A proposed law to require surgeons to inform the patient or the patient’s representative if the surgeon plans to perform two or more surgeries concurrently. A proposed Pennsylvania-version of the federal False Claims Act, to allow private citizens to sue a party that submits false claims to the state to incentivize whistleblowers and ensure taxpayer dollars are spent on legitimate claims. Incentivizing health care workers to report when sub-par care is rendered Read more

 

Join me for a free shredding event on September 18!

(Sep 13, 2021)

Join state Rep. Tony DeLuca for a free shredding event on September 18, 2021 in Penn Hills. Read more

 

DeLuca encouraged by proposed regulations to protect patients at long-term nursing facilities

(Jul 21, 2021)

DeLuca said he will continue to advocate for unannounced inspections of long-term care facilities, another element included in H.B. 213. Read more

 

My office is fully open!

(Jul 06, 2021)

I am pleased to announce that effective today (July 6) in compliance with directives from the CDC and the Governor, my District Office is fully open to constituents with no appointments necessary. Read more

 

Opinion-Editorial: Republican voting legislation leads to a path of taking voters’ rights away

(Jun 24, 2021)

I believe there is no greater right than voters participating in democracy by casting their ballot to elect those who will represent them. However, I feel the legislation that Republicans recently pushed through the House would restrict access for voters and impinge on their rights. It is vital to remove barriers for voters to use ballot boxes, and while I support and believe voter ID is an important keystone of voting, we should not add other restrictions to make it more difficult for voters to cast their ballot. During last year’s general election, Pennsylvania had the greatest voter turnout because we had mail-in and early voting. I support free and fair elections – and I’ve introduced two pieces of commonsense legislation this session and multiple sessions previously to make it easier for voters to exercise their right to participate in democracy. House Bill 316 would create a devoted system of true early voting at more locations to be established by county boards of elections. This would make voting more accessible than in 2020, when Pennsylvanians who wanted to vote early in-person would request a mail-in ballot at a county elections office, wait for it to get approved on the spot, fill it out, and turn it back immediately. I also re-introduced a bill that would allow same-day registration on Election Day, which has proven to be effective for turnout in other states. House Bill 215 would accomplish the same goal by allowing Read more

 

DeLuca applauds U.S. Supreme Court for upholding ACA

(Jun 17, 2021)

HARRISBURG, June 17 – While the U.S. Supreme Court today rejected the latest legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act, state Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, is continuing his push for legislation that would protect Pennsylvanians’ insurance coverage should the ACA ever be declared unconstitutional. “I commend the Supreme Court for its wise decision in leaving the entire law intact,” said DeLuca, who is Democratic chairman of the PA House Insurance Committee. “The justices’ decision today saves health insurance coverage for millions of Americans.” The ACA protections include pre-existing conditions, no-cost preventative services and the expansion of the Medicaid program. DeLuca is urging lawmakers to consider H.B. 315 to make sure that Pennsylvania never goes backward in terms of health coverage. “With major legal attacks on the constitutionality of the ACA continuing, we must ensure Pennsylvanians will continue to be protected should the law ever be declared unconstitutional,” DeLuca said. “My legislation would put the federal essential health benefits into state law, so Pennsylvanians won’t lose healthcare coverage they deserve and suffer financially from paying out of pocket for services that were once covered.” House Bill 315 has been referred to the House Insurance Committee. Read more

 

DeLuca to introduce legislation to add minimum wage question on the ballot

(Jun 08, 2021)

HARRISBURG, June 8 – Pennsylvania has not raised its minimum wage from $7.25 an hour in over a decade, leaving many working families barely above the federal poverty line and struggling to make ends meet. With lawmakers failing to enact a minimum wage increase, state Rep. Tony DeLuca will introduce legislation that would ask Pennsylvania voters if they want to see the minimum wage raised. “Every state surrounding Pennsylvania has raised their minimum wage. Even Florida recently raised its minimum wage when the state put the question before its voters,” said DeLuca, D-Allegheny. “If we want to continue attracting people to Pennsylvania, we need to make sure we are competitive with other states – and that includes making sure that our minimum wage is competitive.” DeLuca’s legislation proposes putting the question on the ballot in the next general election. He said the results of the referendum would be nonbinding as to address concerns over constitutionality. “The minimum wage impacts every Pennsylvanian,” DeLuca said. “The results of this referendum will be invaluable to policymakers.” DeLuca said he plans to introduce the legislation next week. Read more

 

DeLuca encourages high school seniors to apply for PA House scholarship
Jan 18, 2022

DeLuca: Pennie Can Help Those Who Need Health Insurance
Jan 05, 2022

DeLuca outraged at GOP’s failure to consider outside income amendment
Dec 15, 2021

DeLuca applauds opportunity to discuss amendment on his outside-income legislation
Dec 14, 2021

DeLuca: $237,500 investment awarded to improve Penn Hills community parks
Dec 14, 2021

Drop off holiday toy donations at my office
Nov 22, 2021

DeLuca: More than $165,000 in grants awarded to upgrade community parks
Nov 19, 2021

DeLuca encourages applications for grant program that connects veterans with job opportunities
Nov 16, 2021

Pennie enrollment now open
Nov 01, 2021

DeLuca: Verona awarded $18,000 grant to support increased physical activity
Oct 28, 2021

LIHEAP now accepting applications
Oct 26, 2021

DeLuca pleased with insurance rates released by Insurance Department
Oct 01, 2021

DeLuca demands answers from PA Turnpike Commission about more than $104 million in uncollected tolls
Sep 21, 2021

DeLuca to propose legislation to protect patients and taxpayers in response to federal lawsuit against UPMC surgeon
Sep 15, 2021

Join me for a free shredding event on September 18!
Sep 13, 2021

DeLuca encouraged by proposed regulations to protect patients at long-term nursing facilities
Jul 21, 2021

My office is fully open!
Jul 06, 2021

Opinion-Editorial: Republican voting legislation leads to a path of taking voters’ rights away
Jun 24, 2021

DeLuca applauds U.S. Supreme Court for upholding ACA
Jun 17, 2021

DeLuca to introduce legislation to add minimum wage question on the ballot
Jun 08, 2021