I was proud to support the launch of the ABLE Savings Program at a recent press conference. The ABLE program is modeled after college 529 savings accounts. They allow eligible individuals with qualifying disabilities and their families to save for housing, education, transportation, medical and other expenses without jeopardizing government benefits. The federal tax-free savings and investment options are offered to encourage individuals with a disability and their families to save private funds to support health, independence and quality of life. For more information, go to paable.gov
Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) was presented with the You Make A Difference Award by Suzanna Masartis, executive director of the Community Liver Alliance of Pennsylvania. Baker was selected to receive the award due to his authorship of Act 87 of 2016, which requires individuals born between 1945 and 1965 to be offered hepatitis C testing when receiving health services.
On Tuesday, Jan. 3, I took the oath of office to serve the people of the 68th Legislative District in Tioga County and parts of Bradford and Potter counties. Pictured with me is Rep. Tina Pickett, who also represents parts of Bradford County, in addition to parts of Sullivan and Susquehanna counties. This year marks the start of the 201st legislative session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Along with my duties as a state representative, I have also been selected to continue my service as chairman of the House Health Committee. The committee will continue to look at solutions to the state’s growing opioid epidemic and other pressing health issues.
Along with Rep. Tina Pickett, I was happy to help present a House citation to congratulate the Bradford County Conservation District on its 60th anniversary celebration at the Towanda Country Club. We are pictured with Cathy Yeakel, district manager, who accepted the citation. The conservation district does a terrific job providing leadership and resources to individuals and organizations within the county so they can develop sound natural resource management through the implementation of soil, water and air conservation best management practices.