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District Office
1739 Rostraver Road
Belle Vernon, PA 15012
Phone: (724) 929-2655
Hours: M-F 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Mount Pleasant Borough Hall
1 Etze Ave., Suite 212
Mount Pleasant, PA 15666
Phone: (724) 542-0349
Hours: Tues., Thurs. and Fri. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Satellite Offices
Jeannette Public Library
500 Magee Ave.
Jeannette, PA 15644
Hours: First and Third Wednesdays Noon to 6:30 p.m.

Sewickley Township Public Library
201 Highland Ave.
Herminie, PA 15637
Hours: Second and Fourth Wednesdays 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Capitol Office
B-12 Main Capitol
PO Box 202058
Harrisburg PA 17120-2058
Phone: (717) 783-3825
FAX: (717) 782-2964
         
                      
Policy Forum Focuses on Saving Our Health Care
2/1/2019
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Policy Forum Focuses on Saving Our Health Care
 
Pennsylvania residents may soon face a crisis in health care, if the state courts repeal a rule that helped stave off a similar situation more than a decade ago, when physicians left their practices, moved to other states or retired early due to skyrocketing insurance premiums.

The rule currently requires medical malpractice cases to be brought in the county where the alleged malpractice occurred.

Repealing that rule could lead to patients having to say goodbye to their physicians or patients having to drive farther for care. Additionally, recruiting physicians and specialists would be difficult, and medical innovations may be halted. Overall, patient care would suffer and everyone would face higher health care costs.

This week, the House Majority Policy Committee, of which I am a deputy chairman, hosted a forum to examine the issue and hear from numerous stakeholders about the negative impact this rule repeal could cause. To learn more about the issue, click here.

The General Assembly is expected to submit its comments to the courts, but you can also let the courts know how this would impact you. Click here to submit your comments by Feb. 22.


Governor’s Budget Address Set for Tuesday
 
On Tuesday Feb. 5, Gov. Tom Wolf will unveil his budget proposal for fiscal year 2019-20.

We are looking forward to hearing the governor’s proposal and reviewing the details in the coming weeks as the Appropriations Committee will begin its series of hearings on the proposal on Feb. 11.

You can watch the address on my website at RepWalsh.com at 11:30 a.m.
  

Conservation and Recreation Grants Available
The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) is accepting grant applications for community conservation and recreational projects until Wednesday, April 10. Eligible projects include parks, recreational facilities, trails, land conservation and watershed protection, and watershed and river restoration.

To learn more, DCNR will hold a webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 10-11:30 a.m. for applicants who are not able to attend statewide grant workshops or would like additional information on how to obtain state funding. The webinar will provide information on eligible project activities, funding sources, matching requirements and strategies on how to create a competitive grant application.

To register for the webinar, visit dcnr.pa.gov, click on “Events” and use the search box to search the keyword “grants.” More information about the grant program is available at dcnr.pa.gov/Communities/Grants.
 

Ensuring Victims’ Rights
 
Legislation to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to add a victims bill of rights was reintroduced this week in a step toward putting the question before voters.

Last session, Marsy’s Law passed in the House and Senate unanimously. An identical bill must be passed this session before the question is placed on the ballot.

While Pennsylvania has protection for victims written into its laws, a constitutional amendment is the only way to ensure that victims have equal footing with offenders and the only way to ensure that victims have some kind of redress when their rights are violated.

The amendment would require notice of hearings and other proceedings, physical and emotional protection from the accused, notice in cases of release or escape, proceedings free from unnecessary delay, the ability to confer with the prosecutor in the case, full and timely restitution from the offender, and notification of all of these rights.
 

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Applications Available
 
Applications for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program are now available on my website, and at my district offices.

The program is designed to help eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older to receive up to a $650 rebate from the property taxes or rent they paid last year.

To be eligible, homeowners must earn less than $35,000 a year and renters less than $15,000 with half of Social Security income excluded.

Certain supplemental rebates can boost homeowner rebates up to $975. The supplemental rebates are automatically calculated by the Department of Revenue for qualifying homeowners.

Residents should not pay a private entity for assistance in filing the forms. Copies of the forms, as well as assistance with filing them, are available at my office at no cost.

Applicants should be prepared to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately. Applications are due by June 30.
 
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Office Locations
1739 Rostraver Road, Belle Vernon PA 15012 | (724) 929-2655
1 Etze Ave., Suite 212; Mount Pleasant, PA 15666 | (724) 542-0349
415 Clay Ave., Jeannette, PA 15644 | (724) 523-2739
B-12 Main Capitol, PO Box 202058, Harrisburg PA 17120-2058 | (717) 783-3825
Email Address: JWalsh@pahousegop.com
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