Oct. 19, 2018

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The Weekly Roundup
The latest news from the State Capitol
A Better Organ Donation Law

Legislation that would help encourage organ and tissue donation in Pennsylvania is now on the governor’s desk.

Senate Bill 180, which passed unanimously in the House, would expand the list of those persons authorized to decide on behalf of a decedent whether his or her organs are donated.

Among other provisions, it would also permit a minimally invasive blood or tissue test to be conducted to determine the suitability of a donor; call for education regarding organ and tissue donation and transplantation for high school students, as well as nursing and medical students; and increase the voluntary contribution made by citizens from $1 to $3 for driver’s license and vehicle registration renewals.

Currently, more than 800 Pennsylvanians are waiting for an organ transplant. 
Prescription Drug Coverage to Benefit More Seniors

Legislation to expand eligibility for the state’s PACENET prescription drug coverage program was sent to the governor this week. Up to 17,000 Pennsylvania seniors are expected to benefit from this expansion.

House Bill 270 would increase the annual maximum income limits in the PACENET program to $27,500 for a single person and to $35,500 for a married couple. Current maximum income requirements for the PACENET program, which covers those individuals with incomes exceeding PACE maximums, are $23,500 for a single individual and $31,500 for a married couple annually.

Additionally, the bill would allow two new pharmacy-based programs to be developed under the PACE program to assist seniors in monitoring their prescription drug usage.

This eligibility expansion would be the first since 2004, and it is funded by proceeds from the Pennsylvania Lottery. 
Photo Gallery
I spent some time visiting with representatives of the Cumberland County Library System and discussing support for our public libraries. My thanks to (from left) Carolyn Blatchley, Jairee Counterman and Sharon Scott for stopping by.

I also had the opportunity to meet Karen Gardner, who is the Pennsylvania policy associate for the National Young Farmers Coalition.

Always a pleasure to attend the Shermans Dale Community Volunteer Fire Company’s annual banquet, which was held last Sunday. Thanks to all of the dedicated volunteers for their outstanding service! 
Driver Safety Class for Seniors

The very popular AARP driver safety course will be presented at the Newport Public Library on Monday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is the 4-hour “refresher” class, intended for those over age 55 who have previously completed the full, 8-hour class. Materials covered include strategies for safer driving, the effects of aging on driving skills and habits, and review of new Pennsylvania traffic laws.

The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. A certificate will be provided to those completing the class that can be used for an auto insurance discount.

The library is located at 316 N. Fourth St. in Newport. Please call either 717 567-6860 or 717 582-2235 to register for this class. 
PennDOT Improves Customer Care Website

To make it easier to report concerns on state roads, PennDOT has modernized its online customer care center.

The new website will include new mapping capabilities, optional photo uploads and a mobile-friendly interface. Concerns are sorted into several categories: road or bridge conditions; removing debris from a roadway; traffic, signs or signals; ongoing roadwork or projects; or general questions and concerns.

Motorists are asked to be as specific as possible when providing locations of concerns. Motorists should report the county, municipality, street name and state route number, which can be found on small black and white signs posted along state highways. In addition, a description of any familiar landmarks are helpful for PennDOT to locate the problem area.

As of Sept. 30, the previous Customer Care Center had nearly 45,000 concerns submitted this year, according to PennDOT, with more than 96 percent of those concerns being resolved. 
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