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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
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4/5/2019
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Healthy Aging Expo Set for April 25

On Thursday, April 25, I will once again be hosting a special event for older residents in the 131st District. Our annual Healthy Aging Expo will feature dozens of representatives from nonprofit agencies; local, state and federal governments; and local businesses who will provide information and answer questions about the programs and services they offer to area seniors.

This free event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sacred Heart Senior Living, 4851 Saucon Creek Road in Center Valley. We hope to see you there!

 
 
How Much Do My Prescriptions Cost?

The state Department of Aging maintains a database to help consumers compare the cost of frequently used medications.

The online tool updates prices weekly, lists prices by ZIP code or distance from location, includes pharmacy store details, and lists pharmacies with low-cost generics and those that match lower prices.

You can learn more about the tool by clicking here or calling 1-800-835-4080.
 
 
Supporting Our First Responders

With fire and ambulance organizations across the state struggling due to a lack of volunteers and financial resources, the House and Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness committees held an informational meeting this week to discuss recommendations to address these challenges.

According to testifiers, the decline of volunteers is having a significant impact on municipalities’ ability to reliably and safely provide public safety services to their citizens. Much of the decline can be attributed to societal and economic changes, such as longer working hours and longer commutes. Lawmakers were encouraged to consider incentives such as tax credits or college loan forgiveness programs to help recruit new volunteers. Affordable and accessible training was also encouraged to remove barriers to volunteering.

These were among more than two dozen broad recommendations offered late last year by the Senate Resolution 6 Commission, which was charged with studying issues such as recruitment and retention, government support, innovation, training and operations, and more. You can read the commission’s report here.

One of the recommendations, which requires insurers to reimburse ambulance companies for services provided even if no transport takes place, was signed into law last year. Lawmakers plan to build on that success this year as they prepare to introduce legislation implementing some additional recommendations.
 
 
Economic Outlook

General Fund revenue collections for March were $4.55 billion, which was $76 million more than the Department of Revenue’s official estimate. So far this fiscal year, General Fund collections total $24.7 billion, which is 1.5 percent higher than expected. Learn more here.
 
 
New License Plates for Veterans

PennDOT has added several new license plates to its collection honoring veterans and their service to our country.

The Honoring Our Women Veterans plate costs $35, of which $15 goes to the Veterans Trust Fund to be used for programs and resources that assist women veterans.

The Soldiers Medal, Presidential Service Badge and Legion of Merit plates each recognize veterans’ specific contributions during their service. These plates are available for a fee of $20. Veterans must be able to show that they are recipients of the respective awards.

Veterans from other countries can apply for a Veterans of an Allied Foreign Country plate, also available for a fee of $20.

The above plates may only be used on passenger vehicles and trucks with a registered gross weight of not more than 14,000 pounds.

Motorcycle owners can now get the Purple Heart Medal Motorcycle plate, which displays the words “Combat Wounded Veteran” across the bottom. To get the plate, applicants must be able to prove they received a Purple Heart Medal and pay the $11 fee.

Another new one is the Historic Military Vehicle plate, which is available for antique or classic vehicles manufactured for use in any country’s military forces. The vehicles must be maintained to represent their original military design and markings. This plate is available for both historic military vehicles and historic military motorcycles for $75.

For more information about plates for veterans and how to apply for them, visit www.dmv.state.pa.us, click on “Vehicle Services” and look under “Registration Plates.”
 
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Office Locations
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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