Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Governor Increases Benefits for Veterans

Veterans Day has come and gone, but support for veterans and their service continues.  Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, who served in the Commonwealth’s National Guard, is among the advocates for United States veterans, and recently signed seven pieces of legislation that champions the rights of those who have served in all branches of the Armed Services.

Governor Corbett’s legislative package will:

   Finance the Veterans Trust Fund, which will receive $1.7 million after the sale of Scotland School for Veterans Children, and continue to grow, providing help and assistance for veterans.
   Encourage the commonwealth to contract with veteran-owned small businesses.
   Create a “V” designation on Pennsylvania Driver Licenses, which will allow veterans to qualify for discounts or other benefits.
   Update the Pennsylvania Code of Military Justice, giving commanders more options in dealing with military offenses.
   Simplify and provide uniformity to the registration and absentee ballot process for uniformed service voters and overseas civilian voters for all elections within the state.
   Establish special license plates for World War II veterans of the U.S. Merchant Marine and for all veterans of the U.S Military Airborne Units
   Enable the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission to provide training for all police officers in the state to recognize and interact with veterans and other individuals suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury.

More information about these services can be found at www.pa.gov.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Weekly Newsletter-Monday, November 26


 
Weekly Newsletter

Week of November 26, 2012
This Week's Issues to Watch
:: JOIN US ON NOVEMBER 28 FOR THE PHILADELPHIA RELEASE OF THE SELF-SUFFICIENCY STANDARD
:: ROC DINERS GUIDE RELEASE AND BRUNCH DECEMBER 5
:: FNC ANNUAL MEETING DECEMBER 6
:: AUTHOR WHITNEY JOHNSON Q&A TOMORROW
:: FRAC WEBINAR ON FOOD STAMPS DECEMBER 3
:: CHILD AND FAMILY POLICY FORUM DECEMBER 6
:: WOMEN'S OPPORTUNITY AWARD PROGRAM
Join Us this Wednesday, 
November 28! 
PathWays PA  to Release Overlooked and Undercounted: Impact of the Great Recession as Measured by the Self-Sufficiency Standard of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
United Way, 1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia
 
 
Restaurant Opportunity Center
2013 National Diners Guide Release & Brunch
Wednesday
December, 5  
10:30 AM
-2:00 PM

Fergie's Pub
1213 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107

ROC National Diners' Guide 2012 provides information on the wage, benefits, and promotion practices of the 150 most popular restaurants in America. 

2012 Food Nutrition Coalition Annual Meeting
Thursday December 6, 2012
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM

You can attend in-person at any of the 8 USDA FNS locations across the country or remotely
 
Click to Register
Adult Education Classes  

PathWays PA will be holding a series of Adult Education classes for Adult Learners seeking to obtain GED Certification and improve their literacy skills. These classes will be held this fall at PathWays PA's corporate office in Holmes, PA, as well as the CareerLink in Chester, PA.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Lauren Rodino at 610-543-5022 x 258.
 
PathWays PA in the News:
November 19, 2012:
Philadelphia Lawmaker Says He'll Try Again for Broad Paid Sick Leave Law-Read More

November 19, 2012:
Councilman Greenlee says Paid Sick Days Bill to be Introduced in January

November 23, 2012:
Councilman Seeks Support for Paid Sick Days

October 11, 2012:
PathWays PA releases 2012-2013 Self-Sufficiency Report "Overlooked and Undercounted" 

October 17, 2012:
1 in 4 PA households Struggle to make ends meet-Read More

October 18, 2012:
25% of PA households below poverty standard-Read More
"Be the Hero of Your Story"-online Q&A with Whitney Johnson author of "Dare, Dream, Do:Remarkable Things Happen When You Dare to Dream"
Tomorrow, November 27 at 1:00 PM 
 
2012 PA Conference for Women Speaker Whitney Johnson will discuss how we can become our own heroes by disrupting our behavior and by taking on challenges that allow us to grow in our careers. 
FRAC Webinar on Public Support for Food Stamps
Monday December, 3 2012
1:00PM
 
FRAC and Hart Research will discuss the latest polling research, implications and messages for anti-hunger advocates, and how proposed cuts to SNAP are met by broad opposition. 
Child and Family Policy Forum
"Beyond School Improvement: Partnering to Strengthen Educational Opportunities for Urban Children and
Youth"
Thursday December 6, 2012 
from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM CST 
 
This forum will provide opportunities to explore questions around illustrations of partnerships initiated and supported by a public agencies and a major community institution.
Women's Opportunity Awards Program:
Helping Women Live Their Dreams
The program assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.

Awards range from $3,000-$10,000

Learn About the Violet Richardson Award given to women 14-17 who make their community a better place.
PathWays PA Named Non-Profit of the Year by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce! Chamber of Commerce 
 
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Monday, November 19, 2012

Weekly Newsletter-Monday November 19, 2012



Weekly Newsletter

Week of November 19, 2012
This Week's Issues to Watch
:: JOIN US ON NOVEMBER 28
:: CREATING QUALITY JOBS WEBINAR
:: DO YOU KNOW YOUR CONSUMER RIGHTS?
:: UPENN CONFERENCE ON CHILD POVERTY
:: BRYN MAWR COLLEGE CONFERENCE ON WOMEN
:: TELL YOUR GOVERNOR YOU WANT AFFORDABLE HEALTH COVERAGE
Please Help Those Affected By Hurricane Sandy
Our thoughts are with the people recovering from the storm and with the families of those who lost their lives during the hurricane and its aftermath.


Join Us on November 28! 
PathWays PA  to Release Overlooked and Undercounted: Impact of the Great Recession as Measured by the Self-Sufficiency Standard of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
United Way, 1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia
 


Workforce Strategies Initiative
Webinar:

Creating a Conversation on Job Quality: Research, Advocacy and Communication Strategies for Workforce Development Leaders.
Tuesday, December 4 from 2-3:15EST

Presentations from:
Steven Dawson, Strategic Advisor, PHI(Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute)

Gregorio Casar, Business Liaison, Workers Defense Project


Do You Know Your Rights as a Consumer-Reach Out for HELP 

Not sure if you need a lawyer?
Call HELP: MLP to see if you qualify for free legal help with your housing, utilities, public benefits, credit, or debt problem.

Intake Hours: Tuesdays: 9-5 
Call:(610) 497-7395 or, e-mail Jordan
Adult Education Classes  

PathWays PA will be holding a series of Adult Education classes for Adult Learners seeking to obtain GED Certification and improve their literacy skills. These classes will be held this fall at PathWays PA's corporate office in Holmes, PA, as well as the CareerLink in Chester, PA.


Further information can be obtained by contacting Lauren Rodino at 610-543-5022 x 258.
PathWays PA in the News:
November 19, 2012:
Philadelphia Lawmaker Says He'll Try Again for Broad Paid Sick Leave Law-Read More

October 11, 2012:
PathWays PA releases 2012-2013 Self-Sufficiency Report "Overlooked and Undercounted" 

October 17, 2012:
1 in 4 PA households Struggle to make ends meet-Read More

October 18, 2012:
25% of PA households below poverty standard-Read More

The Field Center for Children's Policy, Practice & Research
at the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce:
Winter 2012 Community Symposium-The Racial Geography of Child Welfare
Wednesday November 28, 2012
8:30 - 10:30 AM
University of Pennsylvania Law School Levy Conference Center
3400 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
Keynote Speaker-Dorothy Roberts, JD

Please register by email
Email or phone (215) 573-9779 

Bryn Mawr College Conference: 
"The Next Wave: Disruption, Transition, and a new Global Era for Women's Advancement"
December 4, 2012 
from 9:45 am to 6:15 pm 
McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart Hall
Speakers will explore economic opportunity for women post-2015.
Please Contact Ruth Lindeborg if you have questions about the event.

Tell Your Governor If You Want Affordable Health Coverage!
The Obama administration has extended the deadline for states to submit their "blueprint" plans for state exchanges from November 16 until December 14.

Will your state be ready?  Check out where your state is in the process by consulting the Kaiser Family Foundation's online map.  Tell your Governor to stop delaying and commit to operating a state health insurance exchange! 
Pennsylvania is currently Undecided. Tell Governor Corbett to create the Healthcare Exchange:
(717) 787-2500 or Email.
PathWays PA Named Non-Profit of the Year by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce! Chamber of Commerce 
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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Do You Think Pennsylvania Should Move Forward With Medicaid Expansion? If So, Sign This Letter!

** This letter will be delivered to Governor Corbett. The deadline for sign on is November 19th, 12:00pm. Please send the name and location of your organization to akraus@pahealthaccess.org


Re: Medicaid Coverage Opportunity

Dear Governor Corbett,

We write to strongly urge you to take advantage of the opportunity given to Pennsylvania to strengthen the current Medicaid program by extending coverage to working families in the Commonwealth. Starting in 2014, states will be able to cover all adults up to 138 percent of poverty. Doing so would drastically reduce the number of uninsured adults, while simultaneously offering Pennsylvania tremendous cost savings opportunities, including savings on uncompensated care costs, behavioral health expenses, immunizations and other costs currently born by the Commonwealth. The undersigned groups respectfully request and urge you to move forward with the Medicaid coverage opportunity.

The opportunity to provide insurance to Pennsylvania’s working families, made possible by federal health reform legislation, will strengthen the Commonwealth’s economy, create jobs, and improve health outcomes for working Pennsylvanians who lack access to affordable health insurance. It is estimated that the expansion would inject over $17 billion into our economy. These new federal dollars will support hospitals, health clinics, long term care professionals, health and behavioral health professionals, while allowing the commonwealth the flexibility to implement the expansion in a manner that best meets the needs of its citizens.

When fully implemented, federal funds will contribute 9 out of every 10 dollars necessary to support this opportunity for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians, including parents, people with disabilities and working adults. Currently the state must contribute much more in similar state/ federal partnership programs.

Right now more than 1.3 million Pennsylvanians do not have health insurance. This population often turns to emergency rooms for care and uncompensated care costs at Pennsylvania’s hospitals have continued to increase. Increasing levels of uncompensated care also results in higher premiums for those with private insurance. Hospitals currently receive federal funding to help alleviate these costs, but this amount will be cut by almost 75 percent beginning in 2014.Without the Medicaid expansion, the half-a-million people left uninsured will place increased demand on hospitals for uncompensated care just as funding is cut. The results could be devastating for hospitals, their communities and the economies of the areas they serve.

Addressing the health insurance needs of these adults is the right and smart thing to do. By helping this population gain coverage we could reduce the number of uninsured in Pennsylvania between 41.5 percent and 67.2 percent. Bringing insurance coverage to many more Pennsylvanians means that they will be able to receive regular check-ups and preventative services, follow-up care for illnesses and management of chronic diseases. Treatment for manageable conditions results in a healthier and more productive workforce and higher rates of employment among those with disabilities.

The Medicaid expansion opportunity is an unparalleled chance to provide affordable health insurance for up to a half-a-million Pennsylvanians. It will bring much needed revenue into our state while drastically cutting the number of uninsured individuals. Money gained from the Medicaid expansion will stimulate local economies and generate tax revenue for our state. We urge you to take action to ensure that the Pennsylvania Medicaid program is expanded for the good of all.

Thank you in advance for your consideration. If you have any questions or would like to discuss this issue further please contact Antoinette Kraus with the Pennsylvania Health Access Network at akraus@pahealthaccess.org or 267-971-1680

Sincerely,

Harrisburg Update: Leadership Elections

The House and Senate Leadership elections were held last week. Most of the positions remained the same, however, Ron Waters was named Minority Caucus Secretary and Neal Goodman as Minority Caucus Administrator. Here is the list with hyperlinks to each individual. The committee chairman will be announced in January.

Officers of the House
Speaker
Majority
Minority
Floor Leader
Whip
Caucus Chair
Caucus Secretary
Appropriations Committee Chair
Caucus Administrator
Policy Committee Chair


Officers of the Senate
President Pro Tempore
Majority
Minority
Floor Leader
Whip
Caucus Chair
Caucus Secretary
Appropriations Committee Chair
Caucus Administrator
Policy Committee Chair