Matzie honors the life of Donn Wuycik with condolence resolution

(Feb 11, 2015)

Honoring Donn R. Wuycik's many years of life and public service, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver today offered House Resolution 85, extending condolences to Wuycik's family and friends. Wuycik passed away Dec. 2 at the age of 60. Read more

 

Matzie honors Pennsylvanians with disabilities

(Feb 03, 2015)

The state House of Representatives adopted a resolution this week sponsored by state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, that urges the governor to issue a proclamation to observe Jan. 30, 2015 as "Pennsylvanians with Disabilities Day." Read more

 

Matzie announces fire, EMS grants in the 16th District

(Jan 29, 2015)

State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today that 14 fire and ambulance companies in his legislative district will receive more than $180,000 in state grants. Read more

 

Matzie Honors Pennsylvanians with Disabilities

(Jan 27, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Rob Matzie speaks at a recent meeting of the House Health Committee. Matzie speaks on his resolution that would observe January 30, 2015, as "Pennsylvanians with Disabilities Day" in Pennsylvania. The resolution also requests the Governor to appoint a committee to investigate how the state can better recognize Pennsylvanians with disabilities who have distinguished themselves in the spirit of the late President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Read more

 

Matzie announces $375,000 grant for Beemac Trucking

(Jan 16, 2015)

AMBRIDGE, March 21 – State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, today announced that Beemac Trucking has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the state Department of Environmental Protection. Read more

 

PHEAA Offers Hundreds of Free FAFSA Completion Sessions

(Jan 16, 2015)

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) is offering free FAFSA® (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Completion Sessions across the Commonwealth to assist families with students planning to attend college during the 2012-13 academic year. These sessions will be held during the month of April. Read more

 

PHEAA reminds students to apply early for student aid

(Jan 05, 2015)

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency is advising college-bound high school seniors and their families to start thinking about submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid as soon as possible. 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

 

Summer 2014 Newsletter

(Aug 21, 2014)

As a member of the House Insurance Committee, I have been keeping a close eye on the Highmark/UPMC dispute for the past three years, and I am grateful that the two health care giants finally have come together on a compromise. Read more