PACE prescription programs benefit seniors

(Feb 10, 2016)

PACE, PACENET and PACE plus Medicare are Pennsylvania's prescription assistance programs for older adults, offering low-cost prescription medication to qualified residents, age 65 and older. As of this year, the legislature passed a law excluding Social Security Medicare Part B premiums from being counted towards income levels. Read more

 

CHIP offers kids protection and parents peace of mind

(Jan 29, 2016)

Pennsylvania has a Children's Health Insurance Program that provides free and low-cost health insurance to children. CHIP is not welfare – it covers children of working parents whose employers don't offer coverage and who can't afford private insurance. If you can't afford health insurance for your children, chances are they are eligible for CHIP. Read more

 

Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property

(Jan 01, 2016)

Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Read more

 

PA Power Switch: Ask the right questions

(Dec 30, 2015)

In Pennsylvania, you can choose the company that generates your electricity – also known as your electric supplier. This means that you have the power to switch to a competing supplier who can offer the lowest price, or provide a specific service you want, such as “green” or renewable energy. Read more

 

McNeill leads rally to call for responsible budget

(Sep 01, 2015)

WHITEHALL, Aug. 20 – State Rep. Daniel McNeill, D-Lehigh, led officials from across the Lehigh Valley in calling for a responsible state budget during a rally Wednesday evening at the Westgate Mall in Bethlehem. McNeill was joined by Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski and Northampton County Councilman Scott Parsons. Also in attendance were teachers, labor members and leaders, and senior citizens who are concerned about the lack of progress in passing a responsible budget. “People across the state are being crushed by high property taxes and our children have been hurt by cuts in education funding,” McNeill said. “This rally is to show that people support the governor’s vision for our state, and we will fight for them. I organized this rally because I am really angry that our residents are suffering and we can’t accomplish what we are elected to do, which is pass a budget that helps all Pennsylvanians.” McNeill said he and his Democratic legislative colleagues are committed to passing a 2015-16 state budget that addresses the core issues facing Pennsylvania: fixing the structural budget deficit, helping a drastically underfunded school system, implementing a severance tax on natural gas drilling, and reducing rising property taxes for seniors and middle-class families. “After four years of budgets that shortchanged schools, increased property taxes and relied on gimmicks and one-time revenue Read more

 

McNeill: The People Want A Responsible Budget Now

(Aug 20, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Dan McNeill held a rally in Bethlehem to call for a responsible state budget. Joining McNeill were teachers, labor members and leaders and seniors who are concerned about the lack of progress in passing a responsible state budget. Read more

 

McNeill to lead lawmakers in call for responsible budget

(Aug 10, 2015)

WHITEHALL, Aug. 10 – State Rep. Daniel McNeill, D-Lehigh, will lead state lawmakers and local officials from across the Lehigh Valley at a rally to call for a responsible state budget and to address a few key issues that must be part of any proposed budget. The event will be held 6:30 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Westgate Mall, 2285 Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem. Joining McNeill will be teachers, labor members and leaders and seniors who are concerned about the lack of progress in passing a responsible budget. McNeill and his Democratic legislative colleagues are committed to passing a 2015-16 state budget that addresses the core issues facing Pennsylvania: a structural budget deficit, a drastically underfunded school system, and rising property taxes for seniors and middle-class families. McNeill will also be collecting school supplies which will be handed out to students in need in his district. Media coverage is invited. ### Read more

 

McNeill votes against flawed Republican budget

(Jun 28, 2015)

HARRISBURG, June 28 – State Rep. Daniel McNeill, D-Lehigh, said he voted against the Republican state budget plan for 2015-16 because it does not provide sufficient funding for the state’s education system. “After $1 billion in funding cuts under the previous administration, school districts have cut all they can and desperately need additional funding,” McNeill said. "This Republican budget, crafted without any Democratic input, once again woefully underfunds public education, which ultimately means increased property taxes.” McNeill said that in March, Gov. Tom Wolf offered a budget proposal that imposed a reasonable severance tax on natural gas drillers to provide $500 million for education, and also included $3.8 billion in much-needed property tax relief. “Governor Wolf opened the dialogue for the new budget and provided good starting points to get Pennsylvania moving in a positive direction but Republicans chose to ignore his suggestions and craft their own budget,” McNeill said. “I urge the governor to veto this bill if it reaches his desk so we can begin work on a real budget that includes money for our schools and helps Pennsylvania’s economy to get moving again.” ### Read more

 

McNeill honors Saquon Barkley in State House

(May 12, 2015)

HARRISBURG, May 12 – State Rep. Daniel McNeill, D-Lehigh, yesterday honored Whitehall High School football star Saquon Barkley on the floor of the state House of Representatives. McNeill presented Barkley with a citation for his outstanding athletic achievements on the gridiron for Whitehall. “It was my privilege to honor Saquon Barkley for his continuing commitment to excellence,” McNeill said. “He has truly become an invaluable member of his school, his community and this commonwealth.” Barkley won the 2014 Mr. Pennsylvania Football award, the 2015 Sammy Balliet Memorial Best of the Best award, and was recently inducted into the Lehigh Valley Sports Hall of Fame. He received a full scholarship and will continue his football career at Penn State. Attention editor: A high resolution photo of Rep. McNeill, Gov. Tom Wolf and Saquon Barkley is available by clicking here . ### Read more

 

Spring 2015 Newsletter

(Apr 14, 2015)

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McNeill, Boscola to host April 17 senior fair in Bethlehem

(Apr 09, 2015)

BETHLEHEM, April 9 – State Rep. Daniel McNeill, D-Lehigh, and state Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-Lehigh/Northampton, will host a senior fair from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, April 17 at the Westgate Mall, 2285 Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem. Over 80 state and local organizations will be available to share information on programs and services benefiting older Pennsylvanians in the Lehigh Valley. McNeill and Boscola said the fair will also include free health screenings, refreshments and door prizes. "This event will provide a one-stop shop for seniors who want to learn more about what programs and services from the state and in our area are available to them," McNeill said. "There is plenty of free parking and the mall is accessible via the LANTA bus 105 route. I encourage all seniors to attend." Residents can get more information about the senior fair by calling McNeill’s Whitehall office at (610) 266-1273 . ### Read more

 

McNeill responds to Wolf’s inaugural budget address

(Mar 04, 2015)

HARRISBURG, March 4 – State Rep. Daniel McNeill, D-Lehigh, released the following statement today following Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2015-16 budget proposal: “Governor Wolf opened the dialogue for the new budget and provided good starting points to hopefully get Pennsylvania moving in a positive direction and generate discussions that will reinvigorate opportunities for the middle class and our economic climate. “I am supportive of efforts to provide proposed property tax relief that will benefit seniors and hardworking families, and allow more families to consider purchasing homes. “Reinvesting in education and improving funding to Pennsylvania schools will help better prepare our children for the jobs of the future. I am excited to see investment at all levels of the state’s education system. “I am also very supportive of his efforts to increase the state’s minimum wage to provide a livable wage for Pennsylvania’s hardworking low wage earners. “I look forward to being a part of the ongoing discussion as we create a budget that will strengthen our state.” ### Read more

 

McNeill sworn in to second term as state representative

(Jan 06, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – At a state Capitol ceremony Tuesday, state Rep. Daniel McNeill was sworn in to his second term representing the 133rd Legislative District.McNeill said equitable education funding, economic development and job creation will continue to be his priorities.“Economic development and job creation are not possible without quality education,” McNeill said. “Adequately funding our education system will benefit not only our students, but will open doors for innovation and prosperity.”McNeill and his staff take pride in providing top-notch constituent service. His constituent office is at 1080 Schadt Ave. in Whitehall. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The phone number is 610-266-1273.The 133rd Legislative District consists of parts of Lehigh County, including part of the city of Bethlehem; the boroughs of Catasauqua, Coplay and Fountain Hill; Hanover Township; and parts of Salisbury and Whitehall townships.### 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