Senator Bob Mensch E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • The Mensch Report: Top Legislative Issues
  • Nov. 12: Mensch and PA Turnpike Host Northeastern Extension Project Meeting
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Accepting Applications
  • September 2019 Nursing Home Inspection and Sanction Information
  • Anglers and Hunters: Look Out for Online Scams When Purchasing Licenses
  • DNA Scam Target Seniors and Caregivers
  • Around the 24th District
  • At the Capitol

The Mensch Report: Top Legislative Issues

November 2019: Legislative Issues

On this edition of the Mensch Report, I sit down with Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman to discuss important issues facing the Senate.

Nov. 12: Mensch and PA Turnpike Host Northeastern Extension Project Meeting

You are invited to attend my upcoming event with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission on Tuesday, November 12 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Indian Valley Middle School (130 Maple Avenue, Harlesyville, PA 19438).

This event will help provide more details and information on the remaining portions of the Northeast Extension Project. We will focus on a variety of topics including project timetables, remaining construction, site prep, slip ramps, and more.

If you are interested in attending, please register here.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Accepting Applications 

Applications are being accepted for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which helps families living on low incomes pay their heating bills in the form of a cash grant.

The cash grant is a one-time payment sent directly to the utility company/fuel provider to be credited on your bill. These grants range from $200 to $1,000 based on household size, income, and fuel type.

Households in immediate danger of being without heat can also qualify for crisis grants. 

You can find eligibility requirements and how to apply here.

September 2019 Nursing Home Inspection and Sanction Information

In the September 2019 report, Pennsylvania Department of Health nursing home surveyors conducted 525 inspections of 343 nursing homes, including 307 complaint investigations. In addition, one sanction was finalized against a nursing care facility, with civil penalties totaling $11,250.

The inspections, called surveys, include information on nursing home patient-care and building inspections. If a facility is cited for not following regulations during the survey, it must submit a plan of correction that includes what will be done to fix the issue and a completion date. The department will conduct a surprise follow-up inspection to ensure the issue is resolved.

The department also may issue a sanction. Possible sanctions include a civil penalty, a ban on admissions, a license being revoked, or a facility being put on a provisional license, which requires, among other things, being subject to additional inspections. A provisional license can be renewed no more than three times. The department can return the facility to a regular license if it is satisfied that all issues have been corrected and it is warranted.

The department maintains a searchable database, which allows the public to view patient care surveys, building safety surveys, size of the nursing home, type of ownership and additional information about each of the nursing homes in the state. The department oversees nearly 700 nursing homes and more than 88,000 beds within nursing homes in Pennsylvania, in addition to other facilities, including hospitals, ambulatory surgical facilities, home care agencies and others.

You can make a complaint anonymously by calling 1-800-254-5164, filling out the online complaint form, emailing c-ncomplai@pa.gov or sending the complaint in the mail to the department.

Anglers and Hunters: Look Out for Online Scams When Purchasing Licenses

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) and Pennsylvania Game Commission are warning anglers and hunters to avoid online scams when purchasing their licenses. The warning follows several recent reports of customers paying for licenses through third-party websites not affiliated with either agency, and then never receiving a license.

Pennsylvania fishing licenses and permits can be purchased safely through the online portal The Outdoor Shop or in-person from a retail license issuing agent. The Game Commission sells hunting and furtaking licenses and permits through The Outdoor Shop.

Anyone who encounters a website offering the sale of a Pennsylvania fishing or hunting license that does not link to The Outdoor Shop to complete the transaction should call the PFBC Fishing License Help Line at (877)707-4085 or the Game Commission’s license division at (717)787-2084. Victims of a fishing or hunting license scam should notify the PA Attorney General by completing a Scams Complaint Form.

DNA Scam Target Seniors and Caregivers

Seniors and caregivers should be aware of a new scam offering DNA testing and seeking personal Medicare information purportedly to cover the costs, but actually providing an opening for ID theft and fraudulent billing.

Here are tips on what to look for to avoid this scam. 

Around the 24th District

I was pleased to host my annual Senator for a Day Event with juniors and seniors from 9 different schools in the 24th.  This is a great educational experience that enables students to learn more about the legislative process and share their ideas with each other.

I enjoyed visiting with CEO Tim Fallon at PBS39/WLVT last month.

I was honored to present a citation to John Armato for his 50 years of services at Pottstown School District!

I appreciated the opportunity to visit Saint Francis Academy and join Bridge Educational Foundation and Waste Management in announcing the donation of $7,000 in scholarships to families of Berks County.

Scholarships are made possible through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program. The Program creates a public-private partnership that encourages businesses to provide educational opportunities for Pennsylvania children. www.bridgeedu.org.

Congratulations to Demco Automation on their 30 year anniversary celebration! It was a pleasure joining Stephen Maund and the rest of the Demco Automation team for this celebratory event.

Congratulations to Dale Spizziri on obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout!

I was honored to attend the 2019 PA Breast Cancer Coalition’s Conference last month and help bring awareness to our efforts to combat breast cancer. Special thanks to Pat Halpin-Murphy for her unwavering advocacy and dedication.

At the Capitol

I was pleased to introduce Ansh Sharma to the PA Senate! Ansh is a student at North Penn High School where he engages in multiple leadership and community activities. North Penn School District. WATCH

I was honored to introduce the Pike Family to the PA Senate on October 23. WATCH

It was a pleasure to stop by the Electric Vehicle Ride and Drive Event at the Capitol.

L to R: Senator Gene Yaw, Syed Afzal, Nihad Kaiseruddin, Osama Al-Qasem.

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