Food Allergy Protocol in Restaurants; PA Bill Mandates Signage & Menu Notices

(Feb 26, 2024)

"The legislation that we passed today, House Bill 1869, would require restaurants in our commonwealth to have a display for their employees in a written manner about food allergies," said Venkat. Read more

 

Roundtable meeting held to discuss concerns over public transit

(Feb 23, 2024)

"I think too often we think of public transit as an urban issue. As someone who represents suburban communities, I really want to learn more about how we can be an integrated region. Because that's when we have a thriving economy for everyone," Rep. Arvind Venkat said. Read more

 

Shapiro plan would wipe out $400M in medical debt

(Feb 23, 2024)

Venkat’s bill passed the state House 114-89 without a specific price tag attached but hasn’t advanced in the GOP-controlled state Senate. The future of Shapiro’s proposal is tied up in the coming budget debate. Read more

 

North Hills career center awarded $85K grant from Pennsylvania Department of Education

(Feb 23, 2024)

“With this grant, we ensure that students at the A.W. Beattie Career Center have access to equipment of the highest quality while they continue their education,” Venkat said. “As more than 8.3 million high school students participate in career and technical education programs across the U.S., we have the opportunity to ensure students from the Avonworth, Hampton, and North Allegheny school districts and many others across Allegheny County are prepared to enter into the workforce, in turn boosting Pennsylvania’s economy. I’m proud to have such an innovative career and technical center in McCandless.” Read more

 

House Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee reports out Venkat’s legislation to address food safety in restaurants

(Feb 22, 2024)

“In the U.S., emergency physicians treat approximately 3.4 million patients for allergic reactions to food,” Venkat said. “I introduced this legislation after speaking to my constituent, Kathy Briden, whose son Matthew died after accidentally being exposed to peanuts while eating at a restaurant. As an emergency physician, I treated patients experiencing allergic reactions, and we must improve food safety at restaurants to prevent deaths such as Matthew’s.” Read more

 

McCandless police, local emergency responders receive state funding

(Feb 22, 2024)

The award was through the Department of Community and Economic Development, which Hawk applied for with the assistance of state Rep. Arvind Venkat, D-McCandless. Read more

 

January

(Feb 20, 2024)

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Venkat: More than $120,000 awarded to EMS providers, fire companies

(Feb 16, 2024)

“By allocating these grants, we ensure that our EMS providers and firefighters have the ability to operate,” Venkat said. “Our EMS providers and firefighters work to save lives, and this funding will allow them to continue their crucial work.” Read more

 

Miss my latest Telephone Town Hall? Catch up on the discussion right here!

(Feb 16, 2024)

We're talking about the issues that matter to the people of Allegheny County. Read more

 

McCandless Police Department to receive $50,000 grant

(Feb 15, 2024)

“Through this funding, we will have the opportunity to keep McCandless’ roads safer by equipping the McCandless Police Department and its officers with cameras to read license plates,” Venkat said. “This will ensure that our police officers have the most up to date equipment while patrolling the community.” Read more

 

PA Governor's $48B Budget: Medical Debt Relief, Recreational Marijuana, and More

(Feb 14, 2024)

One of the most striking aspects of the budget is the proposal to use $4 million in taxpayer money to clear up to $400 million in medical debt for Pennsylvania's poorest residents. This plan mirrors a bill introduced by state Rep. Arvind Venkat and aims to alleviate the financial burden of medical debt, which can negatively impact credit scores and financial stability. Read more

 

Navigating the Medical Debt Crisis in America: Understanding and Alleviating the Burden

(Feb 14, 2024)

In light of this, some states are proposing measures aimed at alleviating medical debt. For example, Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro has proposed a budget plan to clear up to $400 million in medical debt, targeting the state’s poorest and most underwater residents. This proposal mirrors a bill introduced by state Representative Arvind Venkat, aiming to contract with a medical debt relief coordinator to locate and buy outstanding bills. Despite being backed by advocacy groups, the proposal’s future is up for debate, with some expressing concerns about high spending in the proposed budget. Read more

 

Pa. could wipe out up to $400M in medical debt under proposal from Gov. Josh Shapiro

(Feb 09, 2024)

Shapiro’s proposal mirrors a bill introduced by state Rep. Arvind Venkat (D., Allegheny), a practicing emergency room doctor. Read more

 

Venkat announces $85,000 for A.W. Beattie Career Center

(Feb 08, 2024)

“With this grant, we ensure that students at the A.W. Beattie Career Center have access to equipment of the highest quality while they continue their education,” Venkat said. “As more than 8.3 million high school students participate in career and technical education programs across the U.S., we have the opportunity to ensure students from the Avonworth, Hampton, and North Allegheny school districts and many others across Allegheny County are prepared to enter into the workforce, in turn boosting Pennsylvania’s economy. I’m proud to have such an innovative career and technical center in McCandless.” Read more

 

Grants available as of Thursday, Feb. 8

(Feb 08, 2024)

Grants available as of Thursday, Feb. 8 Read more

 

Shapiro plan would erase medical debt for thousands of Pennsylvanians

(Feb 07, 2024)

“Everybody agrees that medical debt is a bad thing. Unlike a loan for college or mortgage debt, no one takes it on willingly. It comes on when you least expect it,” said Venkat, a Pittsburgh-area emergency room physician and the lone legislator-physician currently elected to the General Assembly. Read more

 

Venkat applauds Shapiro’s proposal to alleviate medical debt

(Feb 06, 2024)

“In our commonwealth, more than 10% of Pennsylvanians have an average of $1,473 in medical debt in collections, which prevents them from accessing health care, as well as contributes to their financial burdens,” Venkat said. “As a practicing emergency physician, I treated a woman who delayed breast cancer treatment due to medical debt. As a result, the cancer spread, and she died. By alleviating medical debt as part of the 2024-25 budget, we can ensure patients have access to necessary medical treatment, aid providers with struggling finances, and reduce health care cost pressures that affect all of us. This is a win for all Pennsylvanians.” Read more

 

Grants available as of Tuesday, Jan. 30

(Jan 30, 2024)

Grants available as of Tuesday, Jan. 30 Read more

 

Grants available as of Tuesday, Jan. 23

(Jan 23, 2024)

Grants available as of Tuesday, Jan. 23 Read more

 

Venkat: Abortion remains legal in Pennsylvania

(Jan 22, 2024)

“On the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we recognize that while abortion remains legal in Pennsylvania, access to abortion and reproductive health care is under attack,” Venkat said. “As an emergency physician, I once treated a patient who nearly lost their life to a back-alley abortion. If we continue to criminalize access to abortions, we risk the lives of more and more Americans. We must continue to protect patients’ rights to reproductive healthcare by ensuring access to abortions and keeping the decision to seek reproductive health care between the patient and their physician.” Read more

 

Food Allergy Protocol in Restaurants; PA Bill Mandates Signage & Menu Notices
Feb 26, 2024

Roundtable meeting held to discuss concerns over public transit
Feb 23, 2024

Shapiro plan would wipe out $400M in medical debt
Feb 23, 2024

North Hills career center awarded $85K grant from Pennsylvania Department of Education
Feb 23, 2024

House Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee reports out Venkat’s legislation to address food safety in restaurants
Feb 22, 2024

McCandless police, local emergency responders receive state funding
Feb 22, 2024

January
Feb 20, 2024

Venkat: More than $120,000 awarded to EMS providers, fire companies
Feb 16, 2024

Miss my latest Telephone Town Hall? Catch up on the discussion right here!
Feb 16, 2024

McCandless Police Department to receive $50,000 grant
Feb 15, 2024

PA Governor's $48B Budget: Medical Debt Relief, Recreational Marijuana, and More
Feb 14, 2024

Navigating the Medical Debt Crisis in America: Understanding and Alleviating the Burden
Feb 14, 2024

Pa. could wipe out up to $400M in medical debt under proposal from Gov. Josh Shapiro
Feb 09, 2024

Venkat announces $85,000 for A.W. Beattie Career Center
Feb 08, 2024

Grants available as of Thursday, Feb. 8
Feb 08, 2024

Shapiro plan would erase medical debt for thousands of Pennsylvanians
Feb 07, 2024

Venkat applauds Shapiro’s proposal to alleviate medical debt
Feb 06, 2024

Grants available as of Tuesday, Jan. 30
Jan 30, 2024

Grants available as of Tuesday, Jan. 23
Jan 23, 2024

Venkat: Abortion remains legal in Pennsylvania
Jan 22, 2024