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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Rep. Causer Has Breaking News on the State Budget!

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015 The latest news from the State Capitol

Breaking News on the State Budget! 

Late this afternoon, the Senate passed a compromise budget that could finally bring an end to the state budget impasse.

House Bill 1460 is a $30.3 billion spending plan that increases our investment in PreK-12 education by $405 million and fully supports human services. This is a responsible budget proposal that was adopted by the House, with my support, on Dec. 8.

The bill will go to the governor’s desk tomorrow (Thursday), and I strongly encourage him to sign it so we can get money out to our schools and human service agencies that have been operating without state funds for the last six months.

Outreach Office Hours Set for Jan. 7

To help ensure access to state government information and services, I will hold outreach office hours at the following locations on Thursday, Jan. 7:

 • Emporium Borough Office – 9-10 a.m.
 • Port Allegany Borough Office – 11 a.m. to noon.

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 or my Facebook page at for the latest news from state government.

Reminder: Veterans Service Officer in Coudersport

A veterans field service officer with the American Legion will be available to assist veterans at my Coudersport office (107 S. Main St.) on Tuesday, Dec. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Assistance with services such as compensation, education, pension, health care and death benefits is available by appointment only. To schedule, please call the office at 814-274-9769. Veterans need not be a member of the American Legion to use the service.

Children’s Health Insurance Program Extended

Legislation to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for two more years is now law.

For nearly 25 years, CHIP has offered no-cost or low-cost health care coverage for children, helping to improve the overall health of those under age 18.

Act 84 of 2015 also transfers oversight of CHIP from the Pennsylvania Insurance Department to the Department of Human Services to allow for better coordination of services. In addition, this change would make it easier for the more than 10,000 children each year that transition between CHIP and Medicaid due to fluctuations in their families’ income, and it will help to identify more children who could benefit from CHIP coverage.

Families and health care providers should not see any change in eligibility, co-payments, benefits or coverage as a result.

More information about CHIP is available online at

Sending warmest wishes to you and your loved ones for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

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