Samuelson Fighting for PACE Expansion

(Oct 27, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Steve Samuelson questions why the state Senate removed an expansion of the PACE and PACEnet prescription assistance program for senior citizens from legislation. Read more


Recognition of Alzheimer's Awareness Month

(Oct 26, 2016)

Democratic Chairman of the Pa. House Aging Committee, Rep. Steve Samuelson, speaks on the House Resolution designating the month of November 2016 as "Alzheimer's Disease Awareness and Caregivers Month" in Pennsylvania. Samuelson is joined by his Republican Chairman counterpart, Rep. Kathy Watson, and Alzheimer's Caucus Co-Chairmen Rep. Bill Kortz and Rep. Tim Hennessey. Read more


Gov. Wolf Announces $1.5 Million in State Funding for Ben Franklin TechVentures Expansion

(Oct 03, 2016)

Gov. Tom Wolf joined state Rep. Steve Samuelson and state Sen. Lisa Boscola to announce a $1.5 million state grant to aid in the construction of a 14,500 square-foot expansion to the Ben Franklin TechVentures technology incubator/post-incubator facility on Lehigh University’s campus in Bethlehem. Read more


Samuelson: Protect Our State Parks

(Jun 29, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Steve Samuelson speaks out against House Bill 2013, which would create a pilot program in the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to study the possibility of developing additional recreational, lodging and ancillary facilities in state parks. Samuelson says the natural beauty of our current state park system should be preserved and not altered with additional development. The bill was defeated by a 77-123 vote. Read more


Samuelson: Protecting Seniors from Abuse is a Team Effort

(Jun 15, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Steve Samuelson spoke at an event recognizing Elder Abuse Awareness Day and the need for everyone to be on the look out for abuse of senior citizens. Samuelson thanked the folks who work with seniors everyday and encouraged others to learn the signs of physical, mental and financial abuse and report any suspicions to Pennsylvania's 24-hour Elder Abuse Hotline at 1-800-490-8505. Read more


Samuelson: House OKs bill expanding prescription coverage

(Jun 08, 2016)

Rep. Steve Samuelson reports that the state House has unanimously passed legislation that would expand prescription drug coverage to over 32,000 older Pennsylvanians by increasing income eligibility guidelines for the PACENET program. “It’s been more than a dozen years since the PACENET income limits have been increased,” said Samuelson, Democratic chair of the House Aging and Adult Services Committee and a leading sponsor of the legislation. “By updating the income limits, we can ensure access to affordable prescription drugs and help thousands of senior citizens maintain their quality of life.” Read more


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