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November 20 – Senator Mensch toured the CSL Plasma Center in Philadelphia.
The Mensch Report: Area “Senator for a Day” Program
This edition of the Mensch Report features my annual Senator for a Day program which was held on October 12 at The Perkiomen School in Pennsburg.
The seminar allowed high school students from the 24th Senatorial District to role play as a State Senator in a mock legislative session. Students selected a committee based on their area of interest and debated and discussed the mock legislation that had been presented to them.
Various lobbyists and legislative staff were on hand to guide the students through the committee process and assist them as needed. After the students discussed the legislation in their committees, a general session commenced, at which time all students voted on all of the legislation voted out of committee.
High school students from Boyertown Area, Brandywine Heights, North Penn, Oley Valley, Palisades, Pottsgrove, Pottstown, Quakertown Community, Upper Perkiomen, and the Perkiomen School attended the event, resulting in an impressive turnout of almost 100 students.
Winter Heating Bill Assistance Available
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) application period for the 2018-19 LIHEAP season is still open. LIHEAP provides assistance for home heating bills to keep Pennsylvanians with lower incomes warm and safe during the winter months. Assistance is available for renters and homeowners. DHS began accepting crisis and regular LIHEAP applications on November 1, 2018 and will continue accepting applications through April 12, 2019. Returning LIHEAP customers from the 2017-18 LIHEAP season are also able to apply through the myCOMPASS PA app available on the Apple App Store or Google Play. Returning customers should have received a green postcard with an access code to apply via the app.
LIHEAP Cash is a one-time payment made directly to utility companies or fuel providers to help offset winter heating costs. The average cash benefit this season is $262. Pennsylvanians may request LIHEAP Crisis assistance for home-heating emergencies when their household is without heat or in danger of being without heat. The average crisis benefit for this season is $404. More than 120,000 LIHEAP Cash and LIHEAP Crisis applications have been approved thus far.
Eligibility for the 2018-19 LIHEAP season is set at 150 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines. The chart below shows the maximum income allowed for eligibility based on household size:
If you received LIHEAP during the 2017-2018 season, there may be funds available for you in addition to LIHEAP Cash and Crisis to halt a shutoff or shutoff notice. Applicants should talk to their caseworker about what help they may be able to receive.
In addition to financial assistance, eligible customers may also be able to receive LIHEAP support for emergencies due to broken or faulty heating units, fuel lines, windows, or pipes. Should any of those emergencies occur, customers can contact their caseworker to see if the
Online applications for LIHEAP can be completed at www.compass.state.pa.us or on the myCOMPASS PA mobile app if you received LIHEAP during the 2017-18 season. Paper applications are available through local county assistance offices, or interested applicants can download and print an application from the department’s website.
For helpful tips on keeping warm throughout the winter while saving money on utility costs, visit www.energysavers.gov.
For more information on LIHEAP, visit www.dhs.pa.gov.
November 18 – Senator Mensch congratulated Nicholas Bakey on his Eagle Scout Court of Honor.
PA Expands Eligibility for Pharmaceutical Assistance
Income eligibility limits for PACENET are increasing to provide coverage to an additional 17,000 Pennsylvanians who are aged 65 and older with a minimum 90 days state residency, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Aging.
The PACENET expansion, extends coverage to singles with an income between $14,500 and $27,500 and married couples earning between $17,700 and $35,500 who are not enrolled in the PA Department of Human Services Medicaid prescription benefit.
Eligible residents may utilize the online enrollment wizard or complete and return the application by fax (1-888-656-0372) or mail to PACE/PACENET, PO Box 8806, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8806. For additional information call 800-225-7223.
November 24 – Senator Mensch congratulated Alexander Hotchkiss on his Eagle Scout Court of Honor.
What Do You Need to Know for Deer Season?
For everything you need to know to hunt in Pennsylvania, print and read the 2018-19 Hunting & Trapping Digest. You may want to add the Pennsylvania Game Commission app to your phone to have official information at your fingertips.
The 2018-19 Pocket Guide of the Hunting and Trapping Digest is available online for your printing convenience onto 8 1/2” by 14” paper. Tucked in a pocket, this format provides a quick reference on fluorescent orange requirements, seasons/limits, general hunting regulations, Wildlife Management Units, and contact information for reporting your harvest.
Hunters are encouraged to call Operation Game Thief at 1-888-PGC-8001 or submit online reports of wildlife violations.
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