More than 150 residents attended Venkat’s Diwali open house

(Nov 13, 2023)

“Through this open house, my staff and I had the opportunity to connect with residents of the 30th Legislative District, inform them about the state services my district office provides, and discuss legislative issues in the community and our commonwealth,” Venkat said. “By partnering with NHCO to collect donations of nonperishable food, we also helped members of our community in need of our assistance.” Read more

 

State representative holds celebration of Diwali in McCandless

(Nov 13, 2023)

“Being the first Indian American in the state house and the first Hindu in the state house as well, I wanted to share this joyous occasion with my community,” said Venkat. Read more

 

Grants available as of Wednesday, Nov. 8

(Nov 08, 2023)

Grants available as of Wednesday, Nov. 8 Read more

 

'He was a hero': Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victims honored 5 years later

(Oct 30, 2023)

“The only way to fix that is for the public, and specifically the constituents of those state senators, is to make clear that this is a priority for the safety of our community,” Rep. Arvind Venkat said. Read more

 

State grant programs open for applications as of Monday, Oct. 23

(Oct 23, 2023)

State grant programs available as of Monday, Oct. 23. Read more

 

Grants available as of Tuesday, Oct. 17

(Oct 17, 2023)

Grants available as of Tuesday, Oct. 17 Read more

 

Legislators in 49 states ask SCOTUS to preserve access to abortion pill

(Oct 13, 2023)

“Access to an abortion is critical to reproductive health care,” Venkat said in a statement. “As an emergency physician, I signed onto this amicus brief to take a stand against this political attack on medication abortions. This lawsuit would potentially limit Americans’ access to mifepristone, one of two medications used for abortions in the U.S., creating a further crisis in women’s health care.” Read more

 

Miss my Telephone Town Hall? Catch up on the discussion here.

(Oct 13, 2023)

Find out what our friends & neighbors had to say about the issues that matter to the community. Read more

 

Venkat signs onto amicus brief in lawsuit about mifepristone

(Oct 12, 2023)

“Access to an abortion is a critical to reproductive health care,” Venkat said. “As an emergency physician, I signed onto this amicus brief to take a stand against this political attack on medication abortions. This lawsuit would potentially limit Americans’ access to mifepristone, one of two medications used for abortions in the U.S., creating a further crisis in women’s health care.” Read more

 

Grants available as of Wednesday, Oct. 11

(Oct 11, 2023)

Grants available as of Wednesday, Oct. 11 Read more

 

$99,800 grant awarded to rehabilitate Marmo Park

(Oct 05, 2023)

The grant will fund rehabilitation of Marmo Park, which will include installing play equipment with required safety surface, Americans with Disabilities Act access, landscaping, project signage, and other related site improvements. Read more

 

Grants available as of Tuesday, Oct. 3

(Oct 03, 2023)

Grants available as of Tuesday, Oct. 3 Read more

 

Town hall meeting held in Franklin Park about keeping students safe from gun violence

(Sep 29, 2023)

Town hall meeting held in Franklin Park about keeping students safe from gun violence Read more

 

2023-24 Grant & Resource Directory

(Sep 27, 2023)

2023-24 Grant & Resource Directory Read more

 

Venkat seeks to improve PA’s preparedness for public health emergencies

(Sep 27, 2023)

“The COVID-19 pandemic revealed both strengths and weaknesses in the state’s preparedness for public health emergencies,” said Venkat, D-Allegheny. “As an emergency physician who worked on the frontlines during this challenging time and continues to work clinically, I strongly believe that we have an obligation to all Pennsylvanians to evaluate our response and make recommendations for how we can be better prepared in the future. We must work together to improve Pennsylvania’s response to public health challenges. Through this resolution, we can save lives, respect individual liberty, and ensure Pennsylvanians are better equipped for future crises.” Read more

 

Cholesterol Education Month, LDL-C Day resolution reported out of House Health Committee

(Sep 27, 2023)

“As 36.6% of Pennsylvanians experience elevated cholesterol levels and elevated LDL-C contributes to the risk of cardiovascular disease, it’s important to me, as both an emergency physician and a legislator, that we inform the public about the risks of high cholesterol levels,” said Venkat, D-Allegheny. “With this resolution, we can educate Pennsylvanians so they may improve their overall health.” Read more

 

Grant opportunities

(Sep 27, 2023)

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Medical Debt Is Killing Our Patients

(Sep 18, 2023)

As an emergency medicine resident in the early 2000s, I cared for a patient in her early 60s with back pain. Prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), approximately 16%opens in a new tab or window of emergency department patients were uninsured. Often their issues were of low acuity, again because they had no other place to see a physician. I assumed that to be the case with this patient, that I would treat her presumably musculoskeletal back pain, and discharge her. However, while treating her, I noticed she struggled to walk and clutched her gown across her chest. It was the clutching that really struck me as unusual. Read more

 

Venkat seeks to protect children’s welfare

(Sep 12, 2023)

“While sexually violent predators must register under Megan’s Law, they may live where they choose, potentially putting children at risk,” Venkat said. “My legislation would change that and align Pennsylvania with a number of other states that enacted more robust residential restrictions, bolstering community safety and security, especially for our children.” Read more

 

Addressing the use of AI in the health insurance claims process

(Aug 14, 2023)

“As a recent example of the danger with algorithm-driven health insurance decision making, Cigna denied more than 300,000 claims, and health care professionals employed by Cigna only reviewed the cases for approximately 1.2 seconds each over a period of two months in 2022, which is unethical,” Venkat said. “With professionals spending approximately 1.2 seconds on a case and subsequently issuing rapid denials based on algorithmic decision making, individuals may receive unexpected bills for medically necessary treatments. It is time to regulate AI in health insurance claims processes that may only accelerate such dangerous abdication of claims review responsibilities.” Read more