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District Offices
21 N. Main Street, Unit 9
Coopersburg, PA 18036

Phone: (610) 282-0160
Fax: (610) 282-3955

191 Main St., Suite 104
Emmaus, PA 18049
Phone: (610) 965-5830
Fax: (610) 282-3955

56 W. Fourth St., 2nd Floor
Red Hill Borough Building
Red Hill, PA 18076
Phone: (215) 679-3152
Fax: (215) 679-3155
 
Capitol Office
5 East Wing
PO Box 202131
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2131
Phone: (717) 783-1673
Fax: (717) 705-7012
Preparing for Florence
9/14/2018
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Hurricane Could Impact Local Utilities
 
Although our area of Pennsylvania does not appear to be in the path of Hurricane Florence, any additional rain resulting from the storm in the coming days could cause problems for our region and already saturated ground could contribute to tree-related outages, according to PPL Electric Utilities.

All PPL employees – including hundreds of line workers, electricians and other skilled technicians – are ready to respond if needed. The utility also has more than 200 additional workers – including contract line crews and workers to clear downed trees – ready to help restore power to customers, if needed. Crews are expected to work round-the-clock should outages occur.

Detailed information on staying safe in storms can be found here
 
 
House Committee Examines Telemedicine Bills

On Wednesday at the Capitol, the House Professional Licensure Committee conducted a hearing to examine legislation that would allow health care to be more accessible and affordable by offering telemedicine options for patients.

Telemedicine refers to the remote delivery of health care services and medical information using telecommunications technology, a significant and rapidly growing component of health care.

Using telemedicine, specialists and other health care providers can expand their reach, helping patients stay in their communities and avoid traveling long distances for specialized care.

House Bill 1648 would define the term in state law and offer clarity for insurance company reimbursement for these services. Although the legislation requires payments for telemedicine services, those payments would be established between the provider and insurer.

Among those testifying at the hearing were physicians, nurses, medical information technologists, insurance industry representatives and a rural school superintendent. 
 
 
Economic Update

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s General Fund revenue collections for August were $2.27 billion, which was $27 million more than estimated. So far this fiscal year, General Fund collections of $4.5 billion are above the official estimate by $26 million. Learn more here
 
 
New Webpage Dedicated to Unclaimed Military Medals


The Pennsylvania Treasury announced the launch of a new website that reunites military decorations with their rightful owners.

The new search function allows users to search their names, or the name of a loved one, to see if Treasury is holding a military decoration as unclaimed property. In addition, users can look through a photo gallery featuring some of the decorations that are in the unclaimed property vault, as well as medals that have been returned to their rightful owners. Military decorations are often reported to Treasury as contents held in a safe deposit box that has gone unclaimed or abandoned.

Since 2017, Treasury has returned 58 service decorations, some of which have been in Treasury’s custody for decades, including Purple Hearts, to their rightful owners. The department continues to search for the owners of over 500 unclaimed military awards.

Search for unclaimed military decorations here
 
 
Elk Cam is Back!

The Pennsylvania Game Commission again has installed a camera in an Elk County field that typically is a hub of elk activity during the fall mating. Video and sound from the camera are being live-streamed here, and viewers can expect not only to see elk, but turkeys, deer and other wildlife as well. The live stream is slated to run until mid-October. The best time to see elk on camera is late in the afternoon. 
 
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21 N. Main Street, Unit 9, Coopersburg, PA 18036 | Phone: (610) 282-0160
191 Main St., Suite 104, Emmaus, PA 18049 I Phone: (610) 965-5830
 56 W. Fourth St., Second Floor, Red Hill, PA 18076 I Phone: (215) 679-3152
5 East Wing, PO Box 202131, Harrisburg, PA 17120-2131 | (717) 783-1673
Email: jsimmons@pahousegop.com
TTY: 855-282-0614 
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