Frankel introduces legislation to ensure doctor-patient trust

(May 20, 2021)

The legislation, H.B. 1444, would ensure that doctors cannot be forced to provide or withhold information or treatment in a way that is not evidence based or medically accurate – a response to a national movement by conservative state legislatures to require doctors and other healthcare professionals to stick to a certain script, even if it conflicts with medically accurate information. Read more

 

Frankel: Stop the Attacks on Science

(May 04, 2021)

Heath Committee hearing on organ donation veers into pseudoscience, unfairly attacks Pitt Read more

 

Frankel: Reproductive health highlights areas of real need amid GOP push to limit abortion access

(Apr 22, 2021)

Says legislature needs to address health disparities, mental health needs, family support Read more

 

Women’s Health Caucus: Facts matter in discussion about abortion

(Apr 08, 2021)

“Today, for the first time in a decade, I was grateful to have the opportunity to share some facts at a hearing on this important topic. Abortion is one of the safest and most regulated of medical procedures, one that is ultimately a private medical decision for patients in consultation with their doctors and family, if appropriate – not politicians.” Read more

 

Lawmakers: Legislation is hateful attempt to ignite culture war in Pa

(Apr 05, 2021)

Say proposed bill is disingenuous, harmful Read more

 

Frankel, Women’s Health Caucus decry focus on abortion bans

(Mar 18, 2021)

Hearings a missed opportunity to improve Pa.’s maternal health Read more

 

Frankel applauds House passage of bike lane bill named in memory of Pittsburgher

(Mar 17, 2021)

Susan’s and Emily’s Law would allow municipalities to create protected bicycle lanes Read more

 

Allegheny County rental relief program now accepting applications

(Mar 15, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 15 – Financial assistance is now available to help Allegheny County residents struggling to pay rent or utilities during the COVID-19 pandemic as part of a program that is partially funded by legislation members of the Allegheny County Democratic Delegation helped to pass. The Allegheny County Emergency Rental Assistance program has a total of $79.9 million to distribute to eligible county residents. Of that funding, $43 million came from Act 1 of 2021, which Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law last month. Eligibility requirements for the program include: having at least one person who qualifies for unemployment, has lost income or suffered financially due to COVID-19. being at risk of experiencing homelessness. having a total income below 80% of the Area Median Income for Allegheny County. ACDD Chairman state Rep. Austin Davis, as well as state Reps. Jessica Benham, Dan Deasy, Tony DeLuca, Dan Frankel, Ed Gainey, Sara Innamorato, Emily Kinkead, Anita Kulik, Summer Lee, Brandon Markosek, Robert Matzie, Dan Miller, Nick Pisciottano and Jake Wheatley, issued the following statement: “People living in Allegheny County have been struggling for over a year during this pandemic. This program has been a long time coming and helps provide direct relief to those who’ve been scrambling to pay their rent and bills during this Read more

 

Sen. Costa, Rep. Frankel: $1.5 million in security grants awarded to local nonprofits at risk of being targeted

(Mar 10, 2021)

Grants stem from legislation lawmakers championed in 2019 Read more

 

PA LGBTQ Equality Caucus denounces U.S. Sen. Rand Paul for bringing his transphobia to the confirmation hearing of Dr. Rachel Levine

(Feb 25, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 25 – Members of the Pennsylvania LGBTQ Equality Caucus, a bipartisan and bicameral caucus made up of members of the General Assembly who advocate for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer residents, today condemned U.S. Sen. Rand Paul for the sickening and misinformed transphobic comments he made during the confirmation hearing of Dr. Rachel Levine. Levine, who if confirmed would be the highest ranking openly trans government official at the federal level, is President Joe Biden’s nominee for assistant secretary of Health and Human Services. She previously served as Pennsylvania’s physician general and secretary of Health. State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila, a caucus co-chairman, said Levine’s testimony should have left no doubt about her commitment to public health and her qualifications to take on such a role. He condemned Paul for using an opportunity to learn more about a remarkable woman who helped to lead Pennsylvania through a once-in-a-generation worldwide pandemic to instead spew dangerous hate and bigotry. “As the Biden administration moves forward appointing the top experts that reflect the true diversity of our nation to key positions, sadly bigots like Rand Paul still lurk about our government,” Sims said. “Despite his hateful and transphobic rantings and attempt to demean her during questioning, Dr. Levine did what she’s done time and time again, she answered his hate, Read more

 

Frankel lauds plans for vaccine registry, encourages ongoing equity efforts

(Feb 24, 2021)

State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, sent a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf and Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam Wednesday afternoon urging them to continue moving forward with plans to create a statewide COVID-19 vaccine registry Read more

 

Frankel, Democratic Health Committee members prioritize healthcare equality and access; abortion rights headed into 2021

(Feb 09, 2021)

‘Health care is a human right, and we have a long way to go to fulfill that promise’ Read more

 

Sims, Frankel: House Republicans fail moral test in vote

(Jan 26, 2021)

Failure to pass amendment allows historic opportunity to slip away Read more

 

LGBTQ Equality Caucus announces changes for 2021-2 legislative session

(Jan 21, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 21 – The Pennsylvania LGBTQ Equality Caucus, a bipartisan and bicameral caucus made up of members of the General Assembly who advocate for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer residents, has organized for the 2021-22 legislative session, according to state Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., a caucus co-chairman. The caucus was formed in 2011 by state Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, to fend off attacks on and fight for the rights of LGBTQ people. Since that time, the General Assembly and the caucus have come to include three out members, including Sims, state Rep. Malcom Kenyatta, D-Phila., and first term state Rep. Jessica Benham, D-Allegheny. “We are off to a very robust start,” Sims said. “The issues and legislation prioritized by the LGBTQ caucus, most importantly LGBTQ equality, have been set aside for too long. But I want members of the LGBTQ community across the commonwealth to know that this caucus, at almost 70 members strong, is poised and ready to fight for the health, safety and well-being of all LGBTQ Pennsylvanians, now more than ever. As elected officials, we are here to represent all of the people of Pennsylvania and we’ll hold all of our colleagues to the same standard. I’m looking forward to the work that this bipartisan group can accomplish this session.” State Sen. Katie Muth, D-Montgomery/Chester/Berks, was elected as chairwoman of the caucus for the current term. She joins Read more

 

Frankel hails federal nomination of Dr. Levine

(Jan 19, 2021)

‘Her science-led leadership has soothed a frightened public’ Read more

 

Costa, Frankel: $1.1 million grant to protect Pittsburgh Jewish faith community

(Dec 28, 2020)

Lawmakers ‘lament’ need for security, but pledge to ensure safety Read more

 

Frankel proposes bill to ensure vaccination of workers of long-term care facilities

(Dec 07, 2020)

Bill would require workers to receive COVID vaccination when available Read more

 

State lawmakers call for end to family deportations from Berks ICE facility

(Dec 02, 2020)

Legislators ask for release of families, children in face of COVID pandemic, unsanitary conditions Read more

 

Frankel calls on GOP to end baseless political attacks, focus on pandemic

(Dec 01, 2020)

Lawmaker says Pennsylvanians need tangible relief, not rhetoric this holiday season Read more

 

Frankel: Legislature must set example on masking

(Nov 23, 2020)

"Pennsylvanians deserve better from their leaders" Read more

 

Frankel introduces legislation to ensure doctor-patient trust
May 20, 2021

Frankel: Stop the Attacks on Science
May 04, 2021

Frankel: Reproductive health highlights areas of real need amid GOP push to limit abortion access
Apr 22, 2021

Women’s Health Caucus: Facts matter in discussion about abortion
Apr 08, 2021

Lawmakers: Legislation is hateful attempt to ignite culture war in Pa
Apr 05, 2021

Frankel, Women’s Health Caucus decry focus on abortion bans
Mar 18, 2021

Frankel applauds House passage of bike lane bill named in memory of Pittsburgher
Mar 17, 2021

Allegheny County rental relief program now accepting applications
Mar 15, 2021

Sen. Costa, Rep. Frankel: $1.5 million in security grants awarded to local nonprofits at risk of being targeted
Mar 10, 2021

PA LGBTQ Equality Caucus denounces U.S. Sen. Rand Paul for bringing his transphobia to the confirmation hearing of Dr. Rachel Levine
Feb 25, 2021

Frankel lauds plans for vaccine registry, encourages ongoing equity efforts
Feb 24, 2021

Frankel, Democratic Health Committee members prioritize healthcare equality and access; abortion rights headed into 2021
Feb 09, 2021

Sims, Frankel: House Republicans fail moral test in vote
Jan 26, 2021

LGBTQ Equality Caucus announces changes for 2021-2 legislative session
Jan 21, 2021

Frankel hails federal nomination of Dr. Levine
Jan 19, 2021

Costa, Frankel: $1.1 million grant to protect Pittsburgh Jewish faith community
Dec 28, 2020

Frankel proposes bill to ensure vaccination of workers of long-term care facilities
Dec 07, 2020

State lawmakers call for end to family deportations from Berks ICE facility
Dec 02, 2020

Frankel calls on GOP to end baseless political attacks, focus on pandemic
Dec 01, 2020

Frankel: Legislature must set example on masking
Nov 23, 2020