Nov. 22, 2019 / Weekly Roundup

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Working Toward a Healthier PA

Continuing our commitment to delivering affordable and accessible health care options for Pennsylvania families regardless of where they live, the House advanced several health-related initiatives this week.

With prescription drugs playing an important role in both treatment and preventive care, we approved bills addressing the Commonwealth’s use of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). The measures aim to remove gag clauses that prevent pharmacists from advising their patients of options to save money on their prescriptions by bypassing insurance and ensure fair pricing and accountability regarding the use of PBMs for the state’s Medicaid program.

Other measures adopted by the House include additions to the state’s newborn screening procedures and requiring patients being prescribed opioids to have a treatment agreement with a prescriber to ensure they understand the risk of addiction, dangers of overdose and their responsibility regarding treatment.

Learn more about the #HealthierPA initiative here. 
 
 
Deadline Nears for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

Older adults and Pennsylvanians with disabilities have until Dec. 31 to apply for the state’s 2018 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program. Remember, assistance through my offices is always free. You need not pay a private firm for assistance.

The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.

For additional information and applications, click here, or contact my office for assistance.
 
 
Hidden Predator Act

This week, the Legislature passed two bills to aid childhood victims of sexual abuse.
 
House Bill 962 would allow child sexual abuse victims to file suit until they reach age 55. The current statute of limitations is age 30. The bill would remove the statute of limitations for criminal cases. House Bill 963 would amend the state constitution to provide a two-year window to submit claims in civil court if the statute of limitations has already expired for an abuse victim. To become a constitutional amendment, the bill would need to be approved again in the next legislative session before it can go to voters in a referendum, which could occur as early as spring 2021.
 
 

Representatives of Land O’Lakes stopped by my Harrisburg office this week. We had a great meeting.
       
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Perry County Office, 18 West Main Street, PO Box 9. New Bloomfield PA 17068 | Tel: 717-582-8119
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