New Law Will Help People Stay on Track with Medications
7/26/2019

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New Law Will Help People Stay on Track with Medications

Recognizing the challenges some patients face in staying on track with their medications, the General Assembly has adopted a new state law to make it a little easier.

Act 46 of 2019 will allow consumers to synchronize the refilling of their prescriptions, meaning they can pick up all of their medications on one day rather than having to make multiple trips to the pharmacy. This will be especially helpful for senior citizens, busy families and others who have limited transportation options.

The law, which takes effect next summer, will enable consumers to synchronize their prescription refills and bar insurance companies from denying coverage for a partial fill of a script in order to facilitate medication synchronization. Thirty-five other states have enacted or introduced similar legislation.
 
 
National Guard Parity Bill Now Law

Working to ensure equity for the dedicated members of the Pennsylvania National Guard, a new law requires them to be compensated at the same level as their U.S. military counterparts.

Specifically, the law requires pay for deputy adjutant generals and general officers in command positions permanently employed by the Commonwealth be equivalent to the federal military base pay. In addition to specifying the eligibility requirements and conditions for the pay increase, this new law also determines how the cost-of-living adjustment is to be calculated.

Under previous law, the Pennsylvania National Guard adjutant general and uniformed deputy adjutant generals earned significantly less than their active duty counterparts, though they maintain the same military standards and comparable senior executive responsibilities.
 
 
Clean Slate Law Offers Second Chances

The new, automatic sealing of criminal records 10 years or older is now in effect under the state’s Clean Slate Act. Officials expect to process 2.5 million records per month over the next year.

The Clean Slate Act created an automated computer process to seal arrests that did not result in convictions within 60 days, summary convictions after 10 years, and some second- and third-degree misdemeanor convictions if there are no subsequent convictions for a period of 10 years. Certain first-degree misdemeanors can be sealed by petition.

The law is designed to ensure people who have turned their lives around are not haunted by minor, nonviolent indiscretions that occurred a decade earlier. The law does not apply to violent offenses related to the endangerment of a person; firearms or other dangerous articles; sexual offenses and registration; cruelty to animals; and corruption of minors.

The House is considering additional criminal justice reforms this session, including House Bill 1555 that would make a series of probation and parole reforms, and House Bill 1477, which would ensure past convictions are not prohibiting someone from obtaining occupational licensure, unless the conviction is related to the career field.
 
 
Bringing State Government to You

On Wednesday, Aug. 7, a member of my staff will be holding satellite office hours from 9-ll a.m. at the Dalton Borough Building, located at 105 W. Main St., Dalton. Also, on Wednesday, Aug. 7, my staff will be available from noon to 2 p.m. at the Factoryville Borough Building, located at 16l College Ave., Factoryville.

On Wednesday, Aug. 7, the American Legion will hold office hours at our Tunkhannock district office, located at 133 W. Tioga St., Suite 4, in Tunkhannock from l0 a.m. to 2 p.m. A claims consultant from the American Legion will provide the assistance. 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.
 
 
In the District

Last Sunday, I presented a House citation to the Tunkhannock American Legion Ladies Auxiliary in recognition of their centennial celebration at the Wyoming County Courthouse.

At the auxiliary event, I also had the privilege of presenting an Ambassador for Peace Medal from the Consul General of the Republic of South Korea to Betty Robinson in honor of her husband, Wayne.

Hunter Talcott was volunteering at the auxiliary event. He was presented with a House citation for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.

An Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held last Sunday for (from left) Jacob Herceg, Brady Newman and Casey Weaver. Each received a House citation in recognition of his outstanding accomplishment.

Last week, I attended the opening event for Silver Springs Ranch located in Monroe Township. It highlighted many local businesses and helped raise money for The United Way of Wyoming County. Joining me (from left) are Monica and Ken Churchill, Silver Spring Ranch owners; Kristen Huff, United Way Wyoming County director; Bill Leandri, Back Mountain Chamber of Commerce executive director; and Ron Walsh Jr., Silver Springs Ranch partner.
 
 
Emergency Programs Can Save Lives

Drivers are reminded of two voluntary programs aimed at saving the lives of residents in emergency situations. Participation in both programs is free of charge.

Under PennDOT’s Yellow Dot program, participants fill out the program form with emergency contact, medical contact and medical information, insert it in the program’s folder and then place it in their vehicle’s glove compartment. A yellow dot sticker affixed to the rear window alerts emergency responders to the availability of information to help them provide better care to crash victims.

The Emergency Contact Information program offers Pennsylvania driver’s license and PennDOT-issued ID holders the opportunity to log into a secure database and list two emergency contacts. Participants can update their records as needed, but only law enforcement officials can view the information in the system. In the event of an emergency, law enforcement can use a participant’s ID to find his or her emergency contact information.

The Yellow Dot program is used only in vehicle crashes, but the Emergency Contact Information program can be used in other emergencies as well as crashes.
 
 
Follow This Trail for Sweet Treats!

There’s nothing like a delicious ice cream cone or sundae on a warm summer day or night...or both! To help Pennsylvanians find the best of the best and support local farms, the state departments of Agriculture and Community and Economic Development have unveiled an expanded Pennsylvania Ice Cream Trail program for 2019.

The program includes a passport that visitors can have stamped at each of 32 stops along the three trails in eastern, southcentral and western Pennsylvania. More information about creameries on the trail, including a downloadable passport and prize information, can be found here. Be sure to post your pictures to social media using the #PursueYourScoops hashtag.
 
 
Locate PA Fairs and Festivals

If you’re looking to visit one of the state’s many fairs and festivals this summer and fall, the 2019 Pennsylvania Fair Guide is available online here. Published by the state Department of Agriculture, the guide lists the dates, locations and contact persons for more than 100 agriculture fairs and events scheduled this summer and fall in Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs also offers an interactive online map of fairs and festivals throughout the state. You can access that tool online here.
 

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