Nothing is more tragic than the abuse of an innocent child. Unfortunately, it took a headline-grabbing tragedy to prompt Pennsylvania legislators to look more closely at our laws and figure out ways to strengthen what we already had on the books and introduce new laws to address situations we had not realized were problematic.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) today announced that school districts in the 68th Legislative District will share more than $2.2 million in new education money coming to the area as the result of the recently approved 2014-15 state budget, which he supported.
HARRISBURG – Children and adults who may not be covered for vaccinations under their insurance plan and those who don’t have insurance are eligible for low-cost vaccinations at a health clinic open on Thursday, July 17, from 1-3 p.m. at Middlebury Center Fire Hall, 11747 Route 287 in Middlebury Center, announced Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga).
HARRISBURG – In order to execute the $29.1 billion funding plan outlined in the 2014-15 state budget, the General Assembly must pass a Fiscal Code bill. This year, the Fiscal Code was inserted into House Bill 278, authored by Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), to address Medicaid reimbursements for the state’s 13 rural critical access hospitals.
HARRISBURG – With more than 6,000 utility line hits being reported each year, it is clear better enforcement of the state’s PA One Call Law needs to take place in order to ensure public safety. Legislation to address this issue, authored by Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), was approved by the House today and now goes to the state Senate for consideration.
HARRISBURG – The $29.1 billion House state budget plan supported by Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), chairman of the House Health Committee, provides a $536 million increase over the 2013-14 fiscal year budget and increases K-12 education spending over the previous budget and funds the core functions of government without raising taxes.
HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania will be able to help more senior citizens and those with disabilities access community-based support through a recent partnership with the federal government that will give the state additional funding, announced Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), chairman of the House Health Committee.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) would like to let residents know that the deadline to apply for the state’s 2013 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is being extended from June 30 to Dec. 31.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) today announced that as a result of Act 13 of 2012, impact fees collected from natural gas drilling companies are coming back to counties and municipalities in the 68th District, with the total amount for the district at approximately $22.6 million.
WHAT: House Health Committee Chairman Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) will hold a meeting to vote on House Bill 907 (Rep. Mike Reese), which prohibits the use of EBT and EPPI cards to purchase tobacco products, and House Bill 2242 (Rep. Tarah Toohil), which would exempt certain professionals from licensure requirements with respect to the fitting and patient management of off-the-shelf therapeutic diabetic shoes and inserts.
HARRISBURG – A $100,000 grant to help repair two Tioga County streams damaged by flooding has been awarded by the Department of Environmental Protection, announced Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga).
HARRISBURG – In honor of the supreme sacrifice given by SFC William Boyle, formerly a resident of Watrous, the bridge on Elk Run Road over Pine Creek in Gaines Township will be named the SFC William Boyle Memorial Bridge, announced state Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), author of the bill naming the bridge.
WHAT: Reps. Paul Clymer (R-Bucks), chairman of the House Education Committee, and Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), chairman of the House Health Committee, will hold a joint hearing of the two committees on the School-Based ACCESS Program, which allows schools to receive Medicaid reimbursement for certain health-related services provided to students who are eligible for Medical Assistance.
HARRISBURG – During an annual briefing in Harrisburg on April 30, state Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) led a discussion and heard presentations on the current status of rural health care in Pennsylvania and trends for the future, as well as health care issues specific to rural areas of the state.
HARRISBURG – In recognition for his advocacy of various health care issues, including loan forgiveness for medical professionals and funding of community centers, the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers (PACHC) this week awarded state Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), chairman of the House Health Committee, with its 2014 Legislative Leadership Award.