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Friday, August 26, 2016

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer



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Capitol Update
Friday, August 26, 2016 The latest news from the State Capitol
 
Outreach Hours Set for Sept. 1
 
   
To help ensure access to state government information and services, I will hold outreach office hours at the following locations on Thursday, Sept. 1:
  • Emporium Borough Office – 9-10 a.m.
  • Port Allegany Borough Office – 11 a.m. to noon.
Services available include assistance with any state-related issues or concerns, driver license and vehicle registration applications, and applications for various state programs, such as the senior citizen Property Tax/Rent Rebate and PACE/PACENET prescription drug assistance programs.

As always, you are welcome to stop by my offices in Bradford (78 Main St., first floor), Coudersport (107 S. Main St., Room 1) or Kane (55 Fraley St.) Monday through Friday, or visit my website at RepCauser.com or my Facebook page at Facebook.com/RepCauser for the latest news from state government.
                        
  
Thank You for Coming!
  
 

We had another great turnout at the 2016 Bradford Senior Citizens Expo earlier this month. I want to thank the senior citizens, their family members and caregivers, as well as all of the exhibitors and our volunteers for making the event a great success. If you missed out on the Bradford Expo, just mark your calendars because we have two more coming up. The first will be on Friday, Sept. 16, at the Kane Community Center and then on Friday, Oct. 7, at the Roulette Fire Hall. Both events will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., are free to attend and offer a free lunch.
    
  
PennDOT Assistance, Senior Benefit Information and More Available at Legislative Offices

  
 
 
To best serve you and maintain open lines of communication, I operate three full-time district offices in Bradford, Coudersport and Kane, and host office hours periodically in Emporium and Port Allegany.

My staff and I are ready to help answer your questions about state government issues, as well as to provide information and applications for a variety of state programs. Office services include:
  • Driver’s license and vehicle registration applications and renewals.
  • Assistance with PennDOT paperwork (lost cards, changes, corrections, special registration plates, vanity plates and temporary placards for persons with physical disabilities).
  • Information and applications for senior citizen benefit programs, including Property Tax/Rent Rebate and PACE/PACENET prescription drug programs.
  • Information and applications for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
  • Help with securing birth and death certificates (photo identification required).
  • Information about legislation.
  • Assistance with resolving matters relating to state agencies, such as Veterans Affairs, Human Services, Labor and Industry, Insurance, Environmental Protection or Conservation and Natural Resources. 
       
   
 Fighting Back Against Drug Abuse 
   
 

In an effort to fight drug abuse and specifically the ongoing opioid and heroin crisis, a statewide database is now online to allow practitioners to better monitor prescription drug abuse and detect possible abuse or fraud. The database was authorized through Act 191 of 2014 and is being maintained by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

The program, called the Achieving Better Care by Monitoring All Prescriptions Program (ABC-MAP) Act, is an electronic database listing all controlled substances that are prescribed and dispensed in Pennsylvania. The database will help improve patient care and prescribing practices, uncover drug diversion and identify “doctor shopping.”

Pennsylvania is now one of 49 states to have a database tracking prescription drug dispensing for controlled substances, and efforts are underway to expand the database across state lines for greater information sharing.

For more information, click here.
      
 
Veterans Assistance Available 
 
 
         
Veterans service officers will be available in my Bradford and Coudersport offices in September to assist veterans and their family members with issues such as compensation, education, pension, health care and death benefits. Hours in the Kane office are canceled this month due to the Labor Day holiday and will resume on the first Monday of October.

The schedule is as follows:
For information about future veterans outreach dates and locations, click here.

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