Great News for Seniors

(Jun 06, 2016)

The PA House voted unanimously to increase income limits for the PACENET prescription program – for the first time in 12.5 years – on the same day the deadline was extended to apply for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Rep. Steve Samuelson, Democratic chair of the House Aging & Older Adults Committee, explains the positive difference this will make for tens of thousands of seniors. Read more

 

Samuelson Welcomes Area Seniors

(May 24, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Steve Samuelson held his annual senior fair at the East Side Youth Center in Allentown, giving local seniors a chance to learn more about the many government, volunteer, and non profit programs that are available to them. Read more

 

Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms available at my office

(Feb 15, 2016)

Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2015 tax year are available at my district office – and my staff is ready to help you file yours for free!The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650.Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2015 and meet all other eligibility criteria.The deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2015 is Dec. 31, 2016, and the rebates normally are distributed by the Department of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more

 

Samuelson sponsors health care insurance counseling

(Feb 11, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 11 – State Rep. Steve Samuelson, D-Northampton, today said meetings with APPRISE counselors to help seniors make informed decisions on Medicare-related health care plans are available by appointment on the last Friday of every month at his Bethlehem constituent-service office. APPRISE is a free health insurance counseling program designed to help older Pennsylvanians with Medicare. Counselors are specially trained volunteers who can answer questions about Medicare and provide senior citizens with objective, easy-to-understand information. “Meeting with an APPRISE counselor to review one’s current health insurance can not only be helpful in making a change, but may be reassuring if no change is warranted,” Samuelson said. “An APPRISE counselor can provide the latest information on Medicare, Medicare Supplemental Insurance and Medicaid, including Part D and Medigap policies.” Appointments are required and may be made by calling his office at 610-867-3890. The one-hour sessions are held from 9 a.m. to noon on the last Friday of the month at his office, located at 104 E. Broad St. in Bethlehem. Sameulson said constituents with appointments should bring their Medicare cards, other insurance information such as PACE, Veterans Administration and ACCESS cards, and a list of medications with their dosages and quantities. 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

 

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

 

Samuelson Recognizes Lehigh University's 150th Anniversary

(Nov 24, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Steve Samuelson offers a resolution on the house floor recognizing Lehigh University's 150th anniversary. Read more

 

Samuelson Recognizes Alzheimer's Awareness Month

(Nov 23, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Steve Samuelson speaks about his resolution designating the month of November 2015 as "Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month" in Pennsylvania. Samuelson is the Democratic Chairman of the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee. Read more

 

Samuelson Dedicates Basilio Huertas Senior Center

(Nov 20, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Steve Samuelson helped The Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley dedicate its newly renovated Basilio Huertas Senior Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony today in Bethlehem. Read more

 

Samuelson Fights for Tax Relief

(Nov 16, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Steve Samuelson approves of a measure that would benefit those Pennsylvanians who qualify for a Property Tax or Rent Rebate. Read more

 

Samuelson: Bethlehem office sponsoring March 20 veterans outreach

(Mar 10, 2015)

Rep. Samuelson is sponsoring a special outreach on veterans’ benefits and housing from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 20, at his downtown office, 104 E. Broad St., Bethlehem. Officials from the Northampton County’s Office of Veterans Affairs and Community Hope, a regional nonprofit, will be available to assist veterans and their families. Rep. Samuelson’s staff also will be available to provide information and answer questions in English and Spanish. Read more

 

2015 trout stocking schedules available here!

(Feb 04, 2015)

The 2015 adult trout stocking schedules are now available online. Just click on icon at left. The 2015 trout season will open March 28 for the Mentored Youth Trout Day program in Northampton and Lehigh counties. The following weekend – April 4 – kicks off the Regional Opening Day of Trout Season in 18 southeastern counties. 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