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Kinsey heralds Wolf decision to expand Medicaid in Pennsylvania

(Feb 09, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 9 – As a longtime supporter of expanding Medicaid in Pennsylvania, state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., expressed his support for Gov. Tom Wolf’s directive today to fully expand Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act: “Today is a historic day for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians who have been forced to wait out political games ahead of their own health,” he said. “Governor Tom Wolf realized what Governor Tom Corbett could never understand: a healthy Pennsylvania can lead to a prosperous Pennsylvania, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. It’s been a long ride, but I think we’re finally headed in the right direction. “It’s good to see the governor putting people first. It’s a welcome change .” Kinsey said anyone who needs assistance in signing up for health coverage should contact his office . The Office of the Governor provided this information today for those who may be impacted by this decision: How does Medicaid expansion differ from Healthy PA ? Medicaid expansion will allow for eligible adults to be placed into one streamlined adult package. This will increase continuity of care and reduce unnecessary processes to make individuals eligible for uncomplicated health care coverage faster. What does this mean for individuals who are in the Private Coverage Option? The department is currently working on a plan to transition individuals into one Read more

 

Rep. Stephen Kinsey talks on Philadelphia's Freedom Quest radio show

(Feb 09, 2015)

Pennsylvania state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., talks on Philadelphia's Freedom Quest radio show on Feb. 8, 2015. Read more

 

Youngblood, Kinsey honor Northwest Raiders football team

(Feb 02, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 2 – Pop Warner National Super Bowl Championship football team winners from the Germantown area of Northwest Philadelphia were honored on the House floor today, in a ceremony orchestrated by state Reps. Rosita C. Youngblood and Stephen Kinsey, both D-Phila. The Northwest Raiders, winners of the 2014 national Pop Warner title, defeated a team from Connecticut in a game held at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., and televised on ESPN2. Their accomplishment was acknowledged by H.R. 34 , jointly sponsored by Youngblood and Kinsey. "It is a pleasure and honor to recognize a group of young men who, in the truest display of dedication and teamwork, have accomplished such a lofty goal," Youngblood said. "Their success is proof that when you set a goal and put your mind to it, anything is possible. They have put themselves – and their community – on the national stage in an impressively positive way." Kinsey said, "The old adage goes, 'It's not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game.' We can be proud of the way the Northwest Raiders played the game – and doubly proud of the fact that they emerged victorious. In so doing, they've become role models for countless other youths." Youngblood made particular note of the strong educational component of the Pop Warner title, reiterating that the organization which operates in 42 states requires players to maintain academic standards Read more

 

It’s time for Pennsylvania to Put People First!

(Feb 02, 2015)

I believe it’s time to focus on priorities that will help working families, children and our seniors, while building a stronger economy and a better Pennsylvania for all. Families I will focus on policies that provide Jobs that Pay right here in Pennsylvania so that families can work their way out of poverty. That is why I support: Raising the minimum wage, NOW Providing paid sick and maternity leave for ALL workers Strengthening pay equity laws for ALL workers, regardless of sex, race, family status or sexual orientation Students I am committed to investing in our children, from pre-K programs through college, so that we can provide Schools that Teach our students and that provide access to teachers, counselors and programs that will help them succeed. That is why I support: A fair and balanced funding formula for ALL public schools across the Commonwealth Expanding and improving early childhood education investments Helping to make college more affordable Taxpayers I believe that Pennsylvania must move above partisan politics and reach across party lines to have a Government that Works to protect our seniors, our working families and our middle class. We can achieve this by ending policies that benefit wealthy corporations above everyday taxpayers. That is why I support: Passing a reasonable Marcellus Shale tax on natural gas drilling Closing, once and for all, the Delaware Loophole Preserving and expanding state Read more

 

NewsWorks: Community ushers in new legislative year with state Rep. Stephen Kinsey

(Feb 02, 2015)

State Rep. Stephen Kinsey held a community celebration at Treasures Banquet Hall on Germantown Avenue. Check out photos of the event on NewsWorks.org. Read more

 

Youngblood, Kinsey: Pop Warner Super Bowl champion Northwest Raiders to be honored by state House

(Jan 29, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 29 – State Reps. Rosita C. Youngblood and Stephen Kinsey, both D-Phila., will join members of the state House of Representatives at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2 in the House chamber to honor the Northwest Raiders football team for winning the 2014 Pop Warner National Super Bowl Championship. Youngblood and Kinsey jointly sponsored H.R. 34 , which would recognize the Northwest Raiders’ accomplishment of capturing their first ever Pop Warner Super Bowl Championship since the program began back in 1971. The Super Bowl was held at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., and was nationally televised live on ESPN2 sports network. The Raiders, who hail from the Germantown area of Northwest Philadelphia, defeated Connecticut’s New Britain Raiders by a score of 26-6. “Pop Warner Little Scholars Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides youth football and cheer and dance programs in 42 states across the country, and is the only youth football program that requires participants to maintain academic standards in order to play,” Youngblood said. “I am looking forward to recognizing these young men who not only have proven themselves on the football field, but also as students and positive members of our community.” “It is fitting to honor Philadelphia’s Northwest Raiders,” Kinsey added. “Not only for their significant athletic accomplishment in winning the 2014 Pop Warner Super Bowl, but Read more

 

Kinsey to host Inauguration and Community Celebration on Saturday

(Jan 27, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 27 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., will hold a constituent service office open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at 5952-54 Germantown Ave., and his Inauguration and Community Celebration on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Treasurers Banquet Hall, 5547 Germantown Ave. Those interested in attending the inauguration must RSVP by calling 215-849-6592. "I will always consider it an honor to serve the community I grew up in," Kinsey said, "and I will continue to be a steadfast advocate for all constituents of the 201st Legislative District. We’re a proud community with many needs, but also many strengths and the heart to tackle obstacles. I invite everyone to come out and share your thoughts on this fresh start.” Kinsey said that residents are encouraged to sign up for periodic e-mail updates from him on state issues and services by visiting his website - www.pahouse.com/Kinsey - and clicking on the "Contact" tab. He also provides updates at http://www.facebook.com/RepKinsey and http://www.twitter.com/RepKinsey . Read more

 

Kinsey receives new committee assignments under House reorganization

(Jan 22, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 22 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., was appointed Wednesday to the Pennsylvania House committees on Appropriations, Children and Youth, Finance, Human Services, and Transportation for the 2015-16 Legislative Session. He was also appointed to serve on the Committee on Committees and the Rules Committee. Kinsey will serve as subcommittee chair of Drug and Alcohol for the Human Services Committee. Kinsey’s appointments to the Rules, Finance and Appropriations committees are new this session for the Northwest Philadelphia legislator, who is serving his second term. “I fought hard to be on the Appropriations Committee this session because it represents one of the greatest opportunities to improve the lives of my constituents and all Pennsylvanians,” Kinsey said. “It will be a difficult budget year as we look to erase a $2 billion deficit, but I’m excited to push for new forms of revenue and better ways for the government to appropriate it. “Four years of cuts have devastated many communities across Pennsylvania. I believe it’s past time to right the wrongs and I’ll continue to work hard for constituents and families. Working directly on the budget with colleagues from both sides of the aisle and with a new governor will be a challenge, but I’m looking forward to helping make a difference.” The Appropriations Committee meets regularly while the House is in session to Read more

 

Kinsey sworn in to second term in state House of Representatives

(Jan 06, 2015)

Kinsey will hold a district-office open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 30 at 5952-54 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, and a community inauguration celebration on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Treasurers Banquet Hall, 5547 Germantown Ave. Those interested in attending the inauguration must RSVP by calling 215-849-6592. Read more

 

Hope for Hannah legislation becomes law

(Dec 28, 2014)

Pennsylvania's children have a new protection thanks to Hannah's Law, named after Hannah Ginion of Bristol Township, who suffered from the rare genetic disorder called Krabbe disease. Hannah passed away on Dec. 28, 2014. Read more

 

Beware IRS phone scams

(Nov 29, 2014)

Recently, my office received information about phone calls received statewide in which an individual claimed to be from the IRS and demanded payment on taxes owed. Please be aware – this phone call is a scam, and the IRS will NOT initiate first contact with you on the phone about taxes owed. Always be wary of unsolicited phone calls in which an individual claims to represent a business or government entity and aggressively demands payment. The IRS does not operate this way and will always send official correspondence through the mail to make its first contact with you. Read more

 

HEROIN: What you need to know about Pennsylvania’s Good Samaritan Law

(Nov 24, 2014)

Landmark legislation passed during the 2013-14 Legislative Session now allows first responders, including law enforcement, fire fighters, EMS or other organizations the ability to administer a medication known as naloxone, a life-saving opioid-overdose antidote. The law also allows individuals such as friends or family members who might be in a position to help a person at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose to obtain a prescription for naloxone. Additionally, Act 139 provides immunity from prosecution for those responding to and reporting overdoses. Read more

 

In the News: Dept. of Human Services name change better reflects mission

(Nov 24, 2014)

House Bill 993, which renamed the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare as the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, was signed into law as Act 132 during the 2013-14 Legislative Session. According to advocates for the change, renaming the department was long overdue, and as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported, the name change better reflects the department’s mission. Read more

 

Do you need help paying heating bills?

(Nov 24, 2014)

As we get into the coldest months of winter, many people are worried about affording their increasing heating costs. If you or someone you know qualifies, my office could help you take advantage of a program set up to curtail high home heating bills. Read more

 

Apply for health insurance by Feb. 16

(Nov 23, 2014)

The open enrollment period for health care coverage is now underway. If you or someone you know is in need of health insurance, please consider visiting the federal Marketplace at www.HealthCare.gov. Applicants have until Feb. 16, 2015 to enroll. Everyone, no matter what age, needs health insurance. A random accident or unexpected illness could put you in danger of losing not only your good health but also your financial future. Read more

 

Sign up for the Do-Not-Call list

(Nov 22, 2014)

To register for the Pennsylvania and national do-not-call lists, visit http://www.attorneygeneral.gov/dnc.aspx or call 1-888-777-3406. Registration is free. There is a rolling enrollment; individuals may sign up at any time and the registration is good for five years. After that, you can re-enroll. And, signing up on Pennsylvania's list automatically adds those numbers to the national do-not-call list. Read more

 

Weatherizing your home saves you money on energy bills

(Nov 20, 2014)

Last year’s bitterly cold winter left many people struggling to pay higher-than-normal home energy bills. As we head toward the coldest months of the year, there are ways you can winterize your home to keep heat in, cold air out, and money in your pocket. Many businesses offer professional home energy audits, but you can perform your own by inspecting areas where heat escapes and cold air leaks in. Read more

 

Check out charities before making holiday donations

(Nov 20, 2014)

While it may be the season for charitable giving, scammers don't take a holiday. The Pennsylvania Department of State offers a simple way to ensure a charity is legitimate and that your donation will be used properly. Read more