Pa. Legislative Black Caucus accepting applications for scholarship program

(Feb 19, 2015)

Scholarships from the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus are now available for high school seniors and first-year college students who will be enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year Pennsylvania college or university. The deadline to submit an application is Thursday, April 23. Students applying for the scholarship must be a minority student, have a minimum grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, reside in the legislative district of and be sponsored by a PLBC member, and demonstrate leadership qualities. A 500-word essay on the student’s academic plans and career goals also must be submitted. Only the first 250 applications submitted will be considered. The PLBC plans to award at least 10 scholarships this year. Each scholarship will be $1,000. To obtain an application and more details about the program, students can visit and click on the Scholarships tab. If they have any additional questions about the PLBC Scholarship Program, applicants residing in the 201st Legislative District can contact State Rep. Stephen Kinsey's office at 215-849-6896. Read more


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


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 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 - - and clicking on the "Contact" tab. He also provides updates at and . 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 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 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