Nov. 02, 2018


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 The latest news from the State Capitol

Attention Veterans

Just a reminder about the 12th-annual Veterans Expo and Recognition Ceremony I am hosting tomorrow (Saturday) from 9-11:30 a.m. in Misericordia University’s Insalaco Hall.

Fighting Opioid Abuse

A new law that requires opioids to be prescribed electronically will bring consistency in the way prescriptions are filled and will also prevent the fraudulent use of prescription pads to fuel the opioid crisis.

At one time, written prescriptions were the safest form of prescribing opioids, which state law required. Since that time and the rise of the opioid epidemic, providers’ prescription pads have been stolen, leading to fraudulent use and driving fake prescriptions for the addictive drug.

Act 96 of 2018 (formerly House Bill 353) will make it more difficult to have fake prescriptions filled, while also making it more convenient for patients who have a legitimate need for the medication. Currently, most all medications are prescribed electronically.

Another benefit of e-prescribing is that the tracking of the prescription can go directly to the state’s prescription drug monitoring database to help ensure only those who have a legitimate medical need for these prescriptions can access them.
Assistance for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Now Law

Two new laws signed by the governor will assist grandparents raising their grandchildren and help them better access both private and public resources.

House Bill 2133, now Act 89 of 2018, will establish the Kinship Caregiver Navigator Program, an informational resource for these grandparents that will operate both as a website and a toll-free hotline. The website will offer information on support and services available, and a specially trained navigator through the hotline will be able to provide support and guidance to kinship caregivers, and serve as a mediator to establish relationships between kinship caregivers and relevant federal, state and local agency staff.

The cost to state taxpayers will be greatly reduced, as the Commonwealth just received $479,307 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families to develop the program.

Another measure to help grandchildren, House Bill 1539, now Act 88 of 2018, will allow grandparents to have temporary guardianship when the parents of the grandchildren are unable to care for them primarily due to substance abuse issues.

An estimated 82,000 grandparents are the sole caregivers for the nearly 89,000 grandchildren in Pennsylvania.
This Tuesday….

….is Election Day, which means my all of my offices will be closed. I hope you will spend part of your day exercising your right to vote!
Spring Forward, Fall Back

Daylight saving time will end at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4, and Pennsylvania residents will be turning their clocks back one hour before going to bed on Saturday night.

Experts recommend using this reminder to check or change the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms should be replaced every 10 years,and located near bedrooms and on each level of the residence.
Attention Veterans

This Wednesday, Nov. 7, an American Legion representative will hold office hours from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tunkhannock district office, 133 W. Tioga St., Suite 4, Tunkhannock.

Area veterans may seek assistance and information pertaining to specific benefits and programs. Additional meetings will be held on the first Wednesday of every month.

Please call the office (570) 836-4777 to make an appointment.
Also, on Monday, Nov. 19, the Mobile Vet Center will be located at Brady/Cavany parking lot in Eaton Township from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Accredited veterans service officers will be on hand to provide information and assistance to veterans and family members who may be eligible for benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Have you signed up?

Monday, Dec. 31 is the deadline for older adults and Pennsylvania residents with disabilities to apply for rebates on rent and property taxes paid in 2017.

At last count, more than 425,000 Pennsylvanians had applied to the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program through the Department of Revenue.

If you have yet to apply, please visit my website,, and go to “Property Tax Relief” on the left bar. 
Do you have gently used winter wear for kids?

This barrel, which is in the lobby of the Dallas Township Municipal Building, 105 Lt. Michael Cleary Drive, is sponsored by the Back Mountain Police Association.

Please consider making a contribution.  
The Medicare Open Enrollment period….

….continues through Friday, Dec. 7. During this time, you may make changes to various aspects of your coverage.

If you have questions about your Medicare coverage, APPRISE, the State Health Insurance Assistance Program in Pennsylvania, has counselors who are specifically trained to answer your Medicare questions.

Please click here to schedule an appointment close to where you live.
A Halloween Tradition in Dallas

Last Sunday, the Dallas Kiwanis Club sponsored its indoor annual Halloween Parade and Party for children. The event was held at the Back Mountain Regional Fire and EMS Station 121 - Dallas Fire Hall.

For more than 60 years, the club has hosted this event. Members were assisted by students from Dallas and Lake-Lehman High School Key Clubs.
Thanks for all you do!

Congratulations to Blue Chip No Kill Shelter for another successful fundraiser last Monday at Leggio’s in Dallas.
Attention High School Juniors

Applications are open for the Pennsylvania School for Excellence in the Ag Sciences (PSEAS). This is a free four-week residential program of intensive study in the agricultural sciences and natural resources at Penn State University.

Please click here for more information.

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105 Lieutenant Michael Cleary Drive, Dallas, PA 18612 | (570) 675-6000, (800) 278-3930
133 West Tioga Street, Suite 4, Tunkhannock, PA 18657| Phone: (570) 836-4777
314-C Main Capitol, PO Box 202117, Harrisburg PA 17120-2117 | Phone: (717) 787-1117