Neilson promotes National Senior Independence Month

(Feb 10, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 10 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution today, sponsored by state Rep. Ed Neilson, D-Phila., which designates the month of February 2016 as "National Senior Independence Month" in Pennsylvania. "I empathize with older Pennsylvanians who want to do everything possible to stay in the homes that they spent years working for, and my loved ones have expressed similar desires to me and my family," Neilson said. "According to the American Association of Retired Persons, 86 percent of adults over 45 years of age would prefer to stay in their current residence as long as possible, and I can’t blame them. I believe it is appropriate for the state to look at every opportunity to make that desire a reality for as many seniors as possible." Neilson said that National Senior Independence Month serves as an opportunity for senior citizens to evaluate their current living situation, recognize the strengths and weaknesses in their daily routine and make adjustments for a better lifestyle. "While living independently can pose challenging for some older Pennsylvanians, a few simple changes to home or lifestyle could end up making all the difference. Ensuring that a home is well taken care of and that there aren’t any obvious risk to a senior’s health or well-being will go a long way in keeping them in their home," Neilson said. Neilson said that older Pennsylvanians who are interested in staying in their home should routinely Read more


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


Neilson on Dyslexia Awarenss Month

(Oct 19, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Ed Neilson thanks the House of Representatives for unanimously adopting his resolution recognizing October 2015 Dyslexia Awarenss Month in Pennsylvania. Neilson recounts his son's struggle with the learning disorder as the inspiration for his efforts. Read more


Neilson: Ready to Serve

(Aug 25, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Ed Neilson was sworn in as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and outlines his priorities in his new role in state government. Read more


Neilson sworn in to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives

(Aug 25, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 25 – State Rep. Ed Neilson was sworn into office today to represent northeast Philadelphia’s 174th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. “I am glad to be back in Harrisburg and I am ready to get to work advocating for the people of Philadelphia,” Neilson said. “While there are many important issues to tackle, ending the budget impasse is one of my top priorities. Too often partisan ideals get in the way of workable policy and it is my hope to change that.” Neilson’s legislative interests include job creation, improving public safety, increasing educational opportunities throughout Philadelphia, addressing the problem of absentee landlords, and honoring and protecting the elderly. “Ensuring our children are ready for a modern workforce is essential to the future prosperity of this commonwealth, and the only way to prepare a modern workforce is with a world-class education system,” Neilson said. “Of equal importance to me is how our city and state treats the elderly in our communities. I'm looking forward to working with my colleagues to create real and effective solutions to those issues." Before winning a special election Aug. 11, Neilson served as an at-large city councilman and as a state representative for the 169th Legislative District, which was located in northeast Philadelphia but has since been relocated. Neilson, who is a lifelong member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98, also served as Read more