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Statewide Disaster Relief Approved for Pennsylvania Farms

(Mar 25, 2019)

The Wolf Administration today notified farmland owners in 61 Pennsylvania counties that they are eligible to receive disaster relief assistance from the United States Department of Agriculture. Read more

 

House Democrats fight for seniors and families by delivering on Promise of Care

(Mar 20, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 20 – House Democratic lawmakers, in response to widespread concerns about patients and clients in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and long-term care homes not getting the quality care they deserve, announced a comprehensive package of bills to protect seniors and give family members the vital information they need to make the right choice for their grandparents and parents. As pension plans increasingly become a thing of the past and families become smaller and unable to care for elderly relatives in their own homes, House Democrats believe people need to know the long-term care options for their loved ones are the best possible – because, someday, we’ll all need a place to call home. While most facilities do a good job caring for patients and clients, as well as providing a stable place of employment for healthcare professionals, seniors, families and potential employees need the facts and protections these bills would deliver. The Promise of Care package includes: Making a Home truly a Home (Sponsored by Rep. Angel Cruz): A long-term care home shouldn’t feel like a hospital ward. This bill creates a voluntary Culture & Quality of Life Certification Program that would reward homes that go the extra mile to offer a rich, life-affirming program that treats residents like the individual people they are. Reporting Requirements when a Resident Passes (Two bills sponsored by Rep. Frank Burns): People Read more

 

Wolf Administration provides tips to avoid tax scams

(Mar 12, 2019)

With about a month remaining before the April 15 deadline to file state and federal tax returns, the Department of Revenue today partnered with the IRS and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants to offer useful filing tips and other guidance to help Pennsylvanians avoid falling victim to common tax scams. Read more

 

Celebrating International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month

(Mar 08, 2019)

March in its entirety is a month of recognition for women near and far: March 8 marks the 108 th International Women’s Day, and the entire month of March is recognized as Women’s History Month. Women across the world have made and continue to make positive progress and remarkable contributions to society. Without women like Marie Sklodowska Curie, founder of the science of radioactivity, or Rosa Parks, who took a stand against race segregation in 1955 by refusing to give up her bus seat in Montgomery, Ala., effective treatments for cancer or the beginning of the Civil Rights movement could have been delayed decades. We, as a society, have come a long way in regard to women’s rights, but the fight is far from over. We need to continue the push for equal gender rights and pay, and move forward in our quest to ensure women are getting the paid leave they deserve and need following a child’s birth. It’s because of women that we are who we are as a society, and it’s with great pride that I wish all of the women across the 32 nd Legislative District a Happy International Women’s Day and History Month! Read more

 

Why didn't the state Department of Education step in sooner? My letter to Secretary Pedro A. Rivera

(Mar 07, 2019)

I am writing regarding the Penn Hills School District dire financial situation and asking that your department explain how it exercised appropriate oversight of the school's finances, and what it did to prevent this nearly irreversible financial hole. Read more

 

PennDOT announces plans to repair landslide on Hulton Road

(Mar 05, 2019)

I am pleased to inform you the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has announced plans to repair the landslide on Hulton Road which, when completed, should result in reopening the roadway near Milltown in Penn Hills. Hulton Road will be closed for one or two days beginning Monday, March 11, so all of the underground utilities can be located. When that survey work is finished, the road will reopen with the current lane restriction. Plans then call for the landslide repair project contracts to hopefully be awarded at the end of April so construction can begin in mid-May. According to PennDOT, in addition to repairing the landslide, the project includes installing a retaining wall to support the fill-slope; reconstructing the lane and shoulder on the embankment side of the road; and milling and resurfacing the lane and shoulder on the cut slope side. The reconstruction length is approximately 700 feet. Detour signs will be posted. Official maps and proposed detours during the landslide repair project can be found here . Questions and input can be directed to Jonathan Moses, PennDOT District Geotechnical Engineer, 412-429-4897 or jmoses@pa.gov. Read more

 

Auditor General DePasquale Announces Date, Location of Penn Hills School District Public Meeting to Discuss Improving Education

(Feb 21, 2019)

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said he will hold a town hall meeting to discuss ideas for improving the Penn Hills School District on Feb. 28 at the Boyce Campus of the Community College of Allegheny County. Read more

 

House Democrats fight for healthy people and a stronger economy

(Feb 08, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 8 – To make sure attacks on healthcare coverage don’t hurt Pennsylvania’s working families, a group of House Democratic lawmakers are introducing a package of proposals to make sure people can always afford to see a doctor when they get sick. The “Healthy People, Stronger Economy” plan protects consumers even if special interests are able to overturn the Affordable Care Act. The plan contains four bills putting people first, including: Protecting Your Coverage, Protecting Your Health – sponsored by Reps. Tony DeLuca and Dan Frankel, both of Allegheny County – recognizes that a consumer paying for an insurance plan that doesn't cover items as basic as hospitalization and emergency services has insurance that is almost worse than having no insurance at all. The bill guarantees all insurance plans sold in the state cover 10 essential benefits: emergency services; hospitalization; prescription drugs; maternity & newborn care; mental health & substance abuse disorder services; prescription drugs; rehabilitation; laboratory services to aid in diagnosis and treatment; chronic disease management; ambulatory patient services pediatric services, including oral and vision care. “If the Federal Health Care Reform law is ever abolished by the United States Supreme Court or the Congress, you could be left with health insurance policies that don’t cover the essential services Read more

 

DeLuca champions Shapiro’s legal action against UPMC, calls for reconciliation between UPMC and Highmark

(Feb 07, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 7 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, Democratic chairman of the House Insurance Committee, today released the following statement regarding Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s decision to take legal action against UPMC and his calls for reconciliation between UPMC and Highmark: “I was proud to stand with Attorney General Josh Shapiro today on behalf of my district and the residents of western PA as we push to allow access to affordable, quality healthcare services for all residents, regardless of a their insurance provider. “This is a dispute that has gone on for far too long, prompting Shapiro’s office to intervene. What’s reassuring, though, is that the legal action taken by his office is for all the right reasons – the public’s health. “The health and well-being of residents has clearly taken a backseat to the ongoing dispute between both entities, but Shapiro’s actions seek to reverse this effect by ensuring patients have access to quality health services, which they fund through premiums, tax dollars and donations. “My colleagues and I are evaluating legislation that may or may not be needed to rectify this problem, but in the meantime I will continue to fully support Shapiro and his office in their initiative to rectify this problem and making the public’s health a priority.” Read more

 

Sen. Costa and Rep. DeLuca announce $3 million grant for project in Penn Hills

(Feb 01, 2019)

PENN HILLS, Feb. 1 --- Today, Sen. Jay Costa and Rep. Tony DeLuca announced $3 million in state funds for a roadway project in Penn Hills Township. The grant comes from the Multimodal Fund and will be used to repave and improve roadways throughout the township most in need of repair, complete ADA-compliant cut-outs and sidewalks, and make streets more accessible for bicycle traffic. “Livable, walkable communities are one of the reasons that folks move to our area and this grant will make huge improvements in accessibility for Penn Hills,” said Senator Costa. “I look forward to seeing this project through, and opening up our roadways for pedestrians and cyclists to commute safely.” "When one thinks of improving infrastructure, one tends to think of building a new road or fixing a bridge, but repaving roads and making them and sidewalks more pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly is all part of building better infrastructure, which is key in making one's community a safer place to live for everyone," DeLuca said. "This grant is welcome news." The Multimodal Transportation Fund provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to the residents of the commonwealth. Funds may be used for the development, rehabilitation and enhancement of transportation assets to existing communities, streetscape, lighting, sidewalk enhancement, pedestrian safety, Read more

 

Letter to Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera regarding Penn Hills School District tax increase waiver

(Feb 01, 2019)

Here's my letter to state Education Secretary Pedro Rivera, urging denial of Penn Hills School District's request for a waiver to raise property taxes above the state index. Read more

 

Food Bank Distribution for those affected by federal shutdown

(Jan 25, 2019)

The Food Bank is distributing food to those affected by the federal shutdown on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Read more

 

Auditor General DePasquale Comments on State Placing Penn Hills School District into Financial Recovery Status

(Jan 18, 2019)

I commend Auditor General Eugene DePasquale for his comments yesterday about the state’s decision to place the Penn Hills School District into financial recovery status. Here is his statement for more information on what led to the current situation Read more

 

$560,000 awarded to 16 Allegheny County school districts, charter schools

(Jan 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 17 – Sixteen education entities in Allegheny County today were awarded a total $560,000 in targeted grants provided through Gov. Tom Wolf’s PAsmart initiative, announced state Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation. The grants will fund training and equipment needed to prepare teachers and students for the expansion of computer science programs. Miller said each recipient will receive $35,000 through PAsmart, which has made Pennsylvania No. 2 in the nation for investing in K-12 STEM and computer science education. “The delegation is happy to announce this funding,” Miller said. “In the coming years, most jobs will require workers to use computers and advanced technology in an ever-changing workforce and economy. By providing this funding, we’re helping to ensure students and teachers will be adequately prepared to succeed in their line of work, and do so with confidence.” School districts and charter/intermediate unit schools awarded funding through PAsmart include: Baldwin-Whitehall School District (Reps. Harry Readshaw, Bill Kortz and Dan Miller) Carlynton School District (Reps. Anita Kulik and Dan Deasy) Chartiers Valley School District (Kulik and Miller) City Charter High School (Reps. Dan Frankel, Jake Wheatley, Adam Ravenstahl, Readshaw, Miller, Sara Innamorato, Deasy, Summer Lee and Ed Gainey) Deer Lakes School District (Rep. Frank Dermody) Duquesne Read more

 

DeLuca: Riverview School District gets $35,000 to enhance computer science programs

(Jan 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 17 – Computer science classes and teacher training at Riverview School District will be enhanced by a $35,000 state grant, announced state Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny. DeLuca said the district will receive the substantial grant under the PAsmart initiative, which has made Pennsylvania No. 2 in the nation for investing in K-12 STEM and computer science education. “The funding awarded through this program will allow students and teachers to succeed in a world that relies heavily on computers and technology,” DeLuca said. “We need to prepare future generations for a path to success, and the influx of money coming in to support the district’s computer sciences classes will do just that.” DeLuca said Riverview School District was among this round of targeted grant recipients, which include 221 school districts, two career and technical centers, 18 charter and cyber school, and eight intermediate units – each of which is receiving the maximum $35,000. Read more

 

Not happy with your Medicare Advantage choice? Change it!

(Jan 11, 2019)

Are you having second thoughts about your Medicare Advantage choice for 2019? If so, I want you to know you’re eligible for a one-time switch to another plan between now and March 31. Read more

 

OP-ED: Health care must remain accessible and affordable in PA

(Jan 11, 2019)

The Affordable Care Act, which finally made affordable, quality health insurance a reality for tens of millions of Americans and their families, has faced constant threats since it was passed by Congress in 2010, despite its success in reducing the rate of uninsured people in Pennsylvania and other states to the lowest level in history. The ACA expanded Medicaid, prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and placing annual and lifetime spending limits on coverage, and finally gives people who don't have health insurance through work an opportunity to purchase the coverage they and their families need at a price they can afford. Every insurance plan sold under the ACA must include 10 essential health benefits. Those include, among other things, emergency services, maternity and newborn care, pediatric services, mental health and substance abuse services, and chronic disease management. These services are vital to keeping individuals and families healthy, and our communities safe. The ACA also prohibits insurance companies from placing annual and lifetime dollar limits on your care. Before the ACA, these kinds of limits often left patients suffering from severe or chronic medical conditions with no coverage, no care, and no recourse. Health insurance plans should pay for the care you need when you need it. The Affordable Care Act finally made that a reality for Read more

 

Labor & Industry grant will help students looking to pursue careers in building and construction industry

(Jan 10, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 10 – An $115,641 business education partnership grant will provide Allegheny County students with hands-on exposure to careers in the building and construction industry, announced state Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation. “This grant money will have a positive impact on students from all House districts encompassed within the delegation,” Miller said. “The delegation is happy to announce this funding, as we all understand the importance of providing students with a means-to-an-end when it comes to choosing their prospective career paths. “Students looking to get involved in the building and construction industry will find the programs created by this funding to be not only rewarding, but also extremely informational and influential as they look to solidify their futures in the workforce.” Miller said the Three Rivers Workforce Development Board will join forces with PARTNER4WORK, a Pittsburgh-based workforce development organization, to carry out the three-pronged project. The first phase will include bringing together 14 building and construction unions, local colleges, businesses, students and others at the March 29 Building On … Careers in the Building and Construction Industry conference in Pittsburgh. The second phase involves the creation of the Summer in Trades internship program, which will provide students with hands-on experience and insight into the Read more

 

DeLuca reappointed Democratic chairman of House Insurance Committee

(Jan 07, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 7 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, has been reappointed to the post of Democratic chairman of the House Insurance Committee. “This committee is tasked with overseeing a wide range of products that cover most people’s daily lives, such as life, health and auto insurance," DeLuca said. "As Democratic chairman, I will continue to keep a close watch on consumer protections, notably as they relate to health care, including the Affordable Care Act. With many Pennsylvanians concerned about their access to quality health care, I will support efforts to ensure our residents have access to the services they deserve, including measures to protect their coverage for pre-existing conditions and banning arbitrary annual/lifetime health insurance coverage limits. “To that end, I am planning to introduce legislation with Representative Dan Frankel to safeguard essential health benefits, such as maternity care, mental health and prescription drugs, from federal interference. “High prescription drug costs also remain a concern across the commonwealth. I will urge the committee to look into the issues involved in drug pricing, including how the role of pharmacy benefit managers plays out in these costs. While health insurers still pay a significant share of drug costs, constituents are still seeing increases in their insurance premiums each year related to prescription coverage.” DeLuca has held chairmanship of the Read more

 

Seven Allegheny County members to lead key House committees

(Jan 07, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 7 – The Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation (ACHDD) today proudly announced that seven of its 16 members were appointed to key chair positions on House committees that handle major issues in western Pennsylvania and the state as a whole. State Rep. Dan Miller, chair of the ACHDD for the 2019-20 legislative session, noted the importance of the delegation’s appointments. “The ACHDD and its members take their responsibilities very seriously,” Miller said. “As Democrats, we will continue to prioritize family sustaining jobs, access to quality health care, and investments in education, and having so many of our members in the Caucus leadership will only aid in achieving those goals. Allegheny County will continue to be well-represented.” The newly appointed chairs and their committees include: Rep. Dan Deasy , Liquor Control Committee. Rep. Tony DeLuca , Insurance Committee. Rep. Dan Frankel , Health Committee. Rep. Bill Kortz , Game and Fisheries Committee. Rep. Rob Matzie , Consumer Affairs Committee. Rep. Harry Readshaw , Professional Licensure Committee. Rep. Jake Wheatley , Finance Committee. The appointments were announced by state Rep. Frank Dermody, also a member of the ACHDD, who recently was unanimously re-elected as the House Democratic Caucus leader. First-time chairs include Matzie, Kortz and Deasy. All leadership positions are determined every two years. The ACHDDs website, Read more

 

Statewide Disaster Relief Approved for Pennsylvania Farms
Mar 25, 2019

House Democrats fight for seniors and families by delivering on Promise of Care
Mar 20, 2019

Wolf Administration provides tips to avoid tax scams
Mar 12, 2019

Celebrating International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month
Mar 08, 2019

Why didn't the state Department of Education step in sooner? My letter to Secretary Pedro A. Rivera
Mar 07, 2019

PennDOT announces plans to repair landslide on Hulton Road
Mar 05, 2019

Auditor General DePasquale Announces Date, Location of Penn Hills School District Public Meeting to Discuss Improving Education
Feb 21, 2019

House Democrats fight for healthy people and a stronger economy
Feb 08, 2019

DeLuca champions Shapiro’s legal action against UPMC, calls for reconciliation between UPMC and Highmark
Feb 07, 2019

Sen. Costa and Rep. DeLuca announce $3 million grant for project in Penn Hills
Feb 01, 2019

Letter to Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera regarding Penn Hills School District tax increase waiver
Feb 01, 2019

Food Bank Distribution for those affected by federal shutdown
Jan 25, 2019

Auditor General DePasquale Comments on State Placing Penn Hills School District into Financial Recovery Status
Jan 18, 2019

$560,000 awarded to 16 Allegheny County school districts, charter schools
Jan 17, 2019

DeLuca: Riverview School District gets $35,000 to enhance computer science programs
Jan 17, 2019

Not happy with your Medicare Advantage choice? Change it!
Jan 11, 2019

OP-ED: Health care must remain accessible and affordable in PA
Jan 11, 2019

Labor & Industry grant will help students looking to pursue careers in building and construction industry
Jan 10, 2019

DeLuca reappointed Democratic chairman of House Insurance Committee
Jan 07, 2019

Seven Allegheny County members to lead key House committees
Jan 07, 2019