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Friday, January 14, 2022

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint)

 

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Fun at the Farm Show


I had the opportunity to visit the 2022 Pennsylvania Farm Show this week while in Harrisburg. It was great to meet up with some local veterans at the VFW booth, stop by the Woodmobile and chat with Jonathan Geyer of the Hardwoods Development Council, and finally my kids and I also had the chance to talk with Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. 
 
 
 
Policy Committee in McKean County Next Week to Discuss Rural Health Care

Recognizing the need to ensure quality health care remains available to citizens across rural Pennsylvania, I am hosting a legislative hearing in Bradford next week to discuss rural health care challenges and proposed solutions.

The hearing will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 9:30 a.m. at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford in the University Room at the Frame-Westerberg Commons Building, 300 Campus Drive. It is a joint hearing of the House Majority Policy Committee, which I chair, and the House Health Committee. The public is invited to attend.

The hearing will feature testimony from hospital administrators, including those from UPMC Kane, UPMC Cole, Warren General Hospital and Kaleida Health; area health care providers; and rural health care advocacy organizations. Pennsylvania Acting Secretary of Health Keara Klinepeter is also scheduled to testify.

While no additional testimony can be taken at the hearing, you are welcome to submit written comments about your concerns or suggestions. Testimony may be dropped off at any of my offices in Bradford (78 Main St.), Coudersport (107 S. Main St.) or Kane (55 Fraley St.), or it may be emailed to slindner@pahousegop.com.

The hearing will stream live through my Facebook page and at www.RepCauser.com.
 
 
 
Attention Seniors: Property Tax/Rent Rebate Clinics to Begin in February

With the 2021 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program set to open soon for applications, I have scheduled a series of Property Tax/Rent Rebate Clinics to help eligible seniors and others obtain their rebates.

No appointment is needed to attend the clinics, and there is no cost to receive assistance. Help is also available at any of my district offices in Bradford, Coudersport or Kane.

The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, Feb. 23
  •   Ulysses Library, 401 N. Main St., Ulysses – 9-11 a.m.
  •   Eldred Senior Center, 169 Main St., Eldred – 9:30-11 a.m.
  •   Smethport Senior Center, 119 W. Main St., Smethport – 1-2:30 p.m.
                                   
Thursday, Feb. 24
  •   Oswayo Valley Library, 103 N. Pleasant St., Shinglehouse – 10 a.m. – noon
                                   
Friday, Feb. 25
  •   Austin Borough Building, 21 Turner St., Austin – 10 a.m. - noon
                                   
Monday, Feb. 28
  •   Port Allegany Senior Center, 216 N. Main St., Port Allegany – 9:30-11 a.m.
                                   
Tuesday, March 1
  •   Kane Senior Center, 100 N. Fraley St., Kane – 1-3 p.m.
                                   
Wednesday, March 2
  •   Emporium Senior Center, 105 E. Fourth St., Emporium – 9:30-11:30 a.m. (Appointments preferred. Call 814-486-3707.)
                                   
Monday, March 7
  •   Bradford Senior Center, 60 Campus Drive, Bradford – 9:30-11 a.m.
                                   
The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded. The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975.

Applications are due by June 30.
 
 
Policy Committee Hears Additional Feedback on State Redistricting Maps


The House Majority Policy Committee, which I chair, held its second hearing this week on the state House redistricting map approved last month by the Legislative Reapportionment Commission (LRC).

This week’s hearing was held in Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County (just outside of Harrisburg. Many testifiers questioned why one of the fast-growing counties in the state would actually be losing representation in the state House under the map proposed by the LRC. We again heard from an array of community leaders concerned about how the proposed maps would split long-established communities and negatively impact their efforts to enhance economic opportunities and quality of life in those areas.

Video and hard copies of testimony presented at both hearings have been submitted to the LRC as it continues its public comment period through Jan. 18. To view preliminary maps or offer feedback on the proposal, visit www.redistricting.state.pa.us.
 
 
Bill Aims to Ensure Clarity, Efficiency in Patient Test Results

The House unanimously approved legislation this week to better ensure clear and timely communication to patients of their medical test results.

Currently, the Patient Test Result Information Act (Act 112 of 2018) requires imaging entities to directly notify the patient if the test results indicate significant abnormalities. Inconsistent interpretations of that term have led to unnecessary confusion and anxiety for some patients.

House Bill 1280 removes the definition of “significant abnormality” from the law and instead requires diagnostic imaging entities to provide patients with written notice at the time of ANY imaging service. The notice shall state that the results of the test(s) will be sent to the ordering health care practitioner. If the ordering practitioner doesn’t reach out within 21 days or the electronic health records haven’t been updated, it is recommended that the patient follow up with the practitioner to discuss the results.

The bill now goes to the Senate for its consideration.
 
 
College Students Looking for Work?

PennDOT is looking to hire college students from May through August to supplement its permanent workforce.

The job typically entails seasonal maintenance work and sign upgrade services, maintenance and custodial services at roadside rest facilities, and laboring and flagging duties in maintenance organizations and highway worksites.

The hourly rate is $14.61. Interested applicants should contact my office by Friday, Feb. 18, and also apply online at www.employment.pa.gov to the PennDOT College Student Summer Worker posting under the Open Jobs section.

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