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Tioga County Native Crowned Miss Teen Pennsylvania

It was with great honor that I presented a citation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to 17-year-old Canton native Alana Castle, the daughter of Jonathan and Yonna Castle, in recognition of her being crowned American Pageant's Miss Teen of Pennsylvania 2017.

American Pageants is a scholastically based pageant system that recognizes young women for their outstanding personal achievements, leadership abilities, artistic and athletic talents, as well as their commitment to serving their communities.

Alana will be traveling to Orlando, FL, in November to compete for the title of Miss Teen of America 2018.

We wish her all the best!

Bill Would Create New Health Care Payment Option for Patients

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives this week approved my legislation to improve health care payments options in the Commonwealth.

House Bill 1739 would add Pennsylvania to the list of 23 states that allow the use of a new Direct Primary Care (DPC) payment model embraced by patients, physicians, employers and payers.

It essentially would create a new law which would allow for the use of a medical service agreement, under which patients and doctors may contract for primary care services directly rather than using health insurance for the same services.

House Bill 1739 would allow the physician to provide the services and bill the individual directly, or through a third party, for a set scope of services without requiring the physician to register with the Pennsylvania Insurance Department as a health insurer or health maintenance organization.

This legislation is not intended to encourage the use of the DPC model, but rather simply remove the barriers for those providers who seek to offer this service to their patients.

House Bill 1739 now goes to the state Senate for consideration.

Preventing Illegals from Using Welfare Benefits
To help prevent the fraudulent use of public assistance benefits, the House passed legislation this week to further crack down on welfare fraud by requiring proper documentation of citizenship and residency when applying for local and state benefits.

Under House Bill 1095, individuals who apply for benefits directly must provide an acceptable form of identification, or an affidavit certifying their citizenship. The bill would not change any eligibility criteria for the receipt of public benefits. It merely would update Pennsylvania law to ensure compliance with federal law.

The bill would also prohibit individuals from possessing multiple ACCESS cards. Any person who violates this prohibition would be charged with a third-degree felony.

House Bill 1095 now goes to the state Senate.

Celebrate PA Manufacturers
Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week will be observed Sept. 30 through Oct. 6, and will recognize the vital role manufacturers play in our state’s economy and the variety of job opportunities and career paths open to the next generation of Pennsylvania’s workforce.

In total, manufacturing has an economic impact of $84 billion, and is the eighth largest manufacturing industry in the United States.

Throughout the week, Pennsylvania manufacturers and partners will hold events to give students and their families an inside look at today’s modern manufacturing. The weeklong celebration will conclude with National Manufacturing Day on Oct. 6. More information about the industry and events are available here

Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week and Manufacturing Day are part of a movement to build positive perceptions about manufacturing, draw attention to the variety of career opportunities available, and highlight the industry’s important contributions to our economy.

In helping to promote manufacturing, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has spearheaded a new law to allow career and technical students to demonstrate proficiency on exams developed by the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute in lieu of demonstrating proficiency on a Keystone Exam. Act 6 of 2017 gives them greater flexibility in meeting high school graduation requirements so they can be ready to enter the workforce.

Protect Yourself from the Flu
The state Department of Health is encouraging all Pennsylvanians over 6 months of age to get a flu vaccine.

Infants and children, seniors, pregnant women and people with chronic medical conditions are especially susceptible to developing flu-related complications.

Other steps people can take to protect against the flu include:
• Washing your hands often with soap and warm water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and throwing any used tissues in the trash.
• Keeping your hands away from your face, and not touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
• Disinfecting frequently used surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, TV remotes or countertops.
• Avoiding contact with individuals who may have the flu. When sick, stay home until at least 24 hours after your fever goes away on its own without the use of fever-reducing medicine.

Talk to your doctor about obtaining a flu vaccine or click here for information about the flu.
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