Oct. 26, 2018


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Heating Assistance Program

Residents who are struggling with their home heating bills can apply for assistance from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) beginning Thursday, Nov. 1.

LIHEAP is a federally funded program that helps individuals and families pay their heating bills through home heating energy assistance grants. It also provides crisis grants to help in the event of an emergency or if a resident is in danger of losing his or her heat due to broken equipment, lack of fuel or termination of utility service.

The income eligibility guidelines for LIHEAP are set at 150 percent of the federal poverty income level. For example, the income limit for an individual is $18,210; for a couple, the limit is $24,690; and for a family of four, it is $37,650.

Residents may apply for LIHEAP online or by contacting the County Assistance Office in their county of residence.

To apply, please visit my website, www.RepBoback.com, on Thursday, Nov. 1, and go to “Shopping For Energy” on the left hand menu.  
Attention Veterans

Just a reminder about the 12th-annual Veterans Expo and Recognition Ceremony I am hosting next Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9-11:30 a.m. in Misericordia University’s Insalaco Hall. A Veterans Recognition Breakfast, open to any 117th District resident who served in our nation’s Armed Forces, will begin at 9 a.m. Both non-combat veterans and those who served during wartime are encouraged to attend this event, which is being held in conjunction with Misericordia University and Metz Culinary Management. 

Veterans may be accompanied to the breakfast by their spouse (or one guest) at no charge. A special appreciation program to honor our veterans will follow.

The deadline to register for the breakfast is this Monday, Oct. 29. To do so, please call my office at (570) 675-6000, (570) 836-4777, or toll-free at (800) 278-3939. 
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
PACENET Expansion

Legislation to expand eligibility for the state’s PACENET prescription drug coverage program has been signed into law as Act 87 of 2018. Up to 17,000 Pennsylvania seniors are expected to benefit from this expansion.

House Bill 270 will 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 will allow two new pharmacy-based programs to be developed under the PACE program to assist seniors in monitoring their prescription drug usage. 

Calling All High School Juniors

Applications are now being accepted for the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences, a five-week summer residential program, which emphasizes cooperative learning and hands-on laboratory research, for 56 talented high school juniors pursuing careers in science and mathematics.

Accepted applicants will receive a full scholarship to the program, which is held at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Please click here for more information
Fighting Back Against Food Stamp Fraud

Legislation that would help prevent food stamp fraud by imposing tougher penalties for the illegal trafficking of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits has been signed into law. 

Senate Bill 1127 will create a new penalty for the fraudulent trafficking of SNAP benefits in an amount greater than $2,500. Violators will be required to pay restitution of up to three times the amount of fraud they committed. Under previous law, the recipient who sells the benefits and the merchant who creates the illegal market for and trafficks in those benefits are treated the same.

The legislation stems from a case uncovered last year by the Office of State Inspector General in which a Harrisburg restaurant traded drugs for electronic benefit transaction (EBT) cards and bought thousands of dollars of supplies from a food wholesale club to be resold for profit. This serious problem across Pennsylvania takes food from our most vulnerable citizens. 
Got Expired Drugs? Dispose of Them Safely This Weekend

To help keep prescription medications out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them, the U.S. Department of Justice, working with local law enforcement, will hold a prescription drug take-back event in our area on Saturday, Oct. 27. This event allows residents to drop off unwanted or expired prescription medications free of charge for safe and convenient disposal.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., residents can drop their medications off at the following local sites. or here. More sites are being added daily.

Since the twice-a-year disposal events began in the fall of 2010, the total amount of prescription drugs collected by DEA has reached 9,964,714 pounds, or 4,982 tons.

Several communities in our area also have permanent collection sites. Click here for those.  
Veterans Organizations Can Apply for Trust Fund Grants

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) is accepting applications for the 2018-19 Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF) grant cycle. Up to $800,000 in VTF grant funding will be competitively awarded for programs and services benefiting Pennsylvania veterans.

The VTF is funded by Pennsylvanians who voluntarily donate when applying for or renewing driver’s licenses, photo IDs or motor vehicle registrations; purchasing Honoring Our Veterans license plates; or making private donations.

To learn more about the VTF and the grant application process, visit www.vtf.pa.gov or follow DMVA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/padmva.

Pennsylvania has the fourth-largest veteran population in the nation, with nearly 800,000 veterans. 
Attention Hunters 

On Sunday, Nov. 4, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is hosting a hunter training course at the commission’s Northeast Regional Office, intersections of Routes 415 and 118
in Dallas.

The course is required by law for all first-time hunters and trappers before they can purchase a license.

If you are interested in registering for the class, please click here

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