Senator Bob Mensch E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Trout Stocking Schedules Available
  • REAL ID-Compliant IDs Required Beginning October
  • Open Link Donations Being Accepted
  • Legislative Survey for the 24th Senatorial District
  • Dementia Friends Information Session
  • PHEAA Launches New Student Loan Refinance Option
  • Coronavirus Resources

Trout Stocking Schedules Available

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission 2020 adult trout stocking schedules are now available online. It’s searchable by county and lists waterways, stocking dates, and species of trout stocked. About 3.2 million adult trout will be stocked in 707 streams and 130 lakes, including twice as many large trout as 2019.

REAL ID-Compliant IDs Required Beginning October

Beginning October 1, 2020, Pennsylvanians will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, photo ID card, or another form of federally-acceptable identification (such as a valid passport or military ID) to board a domestic commercial flight or enter a federal building or military installation that requires ID. You can find more information here.

Open Link Donations Being AcceptedMy office is now accepting donations for The Open Link.

Open Link is a multi-service agency serving the greater Upper Perkiomen Valley, who provides services and programs that help, educate, and empower, as well as opportunities that promote socialization and volunteerism for people of all ages to lead healthy and productive lives.

Check out their website here:

All donations can be dropped off at one of my district offices by March 31, 2020. Constituents may continue donations directly to Open Link after March 31. Questions can be directed to my office at 215-541-2388.

Legislative Survey for the 24th Senatorial District

If you live in Senate District 24, please take my legislative survey here:

Dementia Friends Information Session

On May 13, I will be hosting an informational session to help individuals learn about what like can be like for people living with dementia and how to help them integrate with the community. For more information, see the attached flyer.

You can register for the Dementia Friends Information Session here.

PHEAA Launches New Student Loan Refinance Option 

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) announced the newest expansion of its successful PA Forward Student Loan Program, offering borrowers a more streamlined way to manage their debt by combining all of their federal and private student loans into a single monthly payment.

The PA Forward Student Loan Refinance Program offers competitive fixed interest rates, currently as low as 3.72 percent APR, which is significantly lower than the average private student loan rate of 8.86 percent and the average Federal PLUS loan rate of 6.97 percent.

Eligible federal loans include Stafford, PLUS, Graduate PLUS, Consolidation, and Perkins Loans. Borrowers should be aware that refinancing federal student loans will result in the loss of current or future federal loan-specific loan benefits. Eligible private loans include any student loan used for qualified postsecondary education expenses.

PHEAA’s PA Forward Refinance Loan offers several benefits, including:

  • No application or origination fees
  • No pre-payment penalty
  • Flexible repayment terms of 5, 7, 10, 15, or 20 years
  • Potential for lower monthly payments
  • 25% interest rate reduction for enrolling in Direct Debit
  • Available biweekly payment options that can pay off a 10 year loan, 10 months sooner; saving significantly more money in interest

You can learn more about PA Forward here.

Coronavirus Resources 

The PA Health Department has useful information to keep you up to date on what you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak.

Learn about the coronavirus, including how it’s spread and how to protect yourself, here

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