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TV Show Highlights Upcoming Changes to Medicaid
Beginning in January, Medicaid recipients in southwestern PA will be transitioned to a new managed care program designed to better meet the physical and behavioral health care needs of patients. The new program will not reduce or eliminate any services for participants, but it will open up new options for consumers.
The most recent edition of my “Focus on the 46th” TV show highlights some of these changes with input from experts from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and local Area Agencies on Aging. The entire show is available on my website.
I also recently wrote an op-ed to help community residents understand how the changes may affect them. My commentary is available here.
I was honored to participate in a groundbreaking ceremony in Washington for The Healing Center, a first-of-its-kind medicinal cannabis dispensary that is scheduled to open in April 2018.
Next Telephone Town Hall Scheduled for December 11
Telephone town halls have proven to be a terrific way to discuss a variety of state and local issues with a large number of community residents. The feedback gathered during these events has been extremely valuable in helping me represent our local interests in Harrisburg.
My next telephone town hall will be held on December 11 from 6-7 p.m. If you have a question for me or if you would just like to listen to the discussion, complete details and registration information is available online at http://www.senatorbartolotta.com/tele-town-hall/. I hope to hear from you!
It was an honor to present Senate citations to Oak Spring Farm and McConnell’s Farm after both agricultural operations were recognized by the Department of Agriculture for reaching historic milestones. Oak Spring Farm received a centennial farm award for 100 years in business and McConnell’s Farm received a bicentennial award for 200 years in operation. Also pictured: Representative Jim Marshall, Secretary Russell Redding of the Department of Agriculture, Joe Petrella, Senator Elder Vogel, and Beaver County Commissioners Sandie Egley and Tony Amadio.
REMINDER: Deadline for Statewide Opioid Video Competition is December 10
Middle school and high school students who want to play a larger role in creating awareness of the dangers of addiction can still participate in a statewide video competition sponsored by the Pennsylvania Senate with support from the Drug and Alcohol Service Providers of Pennsylvania.
The “Talk to Your State Senator” video competition encourages students to submit video entries of no longer than five minutes that highlight ways to combat abuse, help those who suffer from addiction, and develop laws to address the current crisis.
The contest is open to Pennsylvania students in grades 6 through 12 and will provide a total of $10,000 in prizes to winning entries that focus on ways to prevent drug and alcohol abuse among young people. I am hopeful that some of our local students will make good use of their creativity and ingenuity by participating in this contest and helping their peers steer clear of drugs and alcohol.
More information on the contest, including guidelines on submitting videos, content, judging, and prizes, is available online at www.acommonwealthcrisis.com.
I appreciated the chance to tour the Ductmate Industries, Inc. facility in Monongahela and learn about the numerous programs the company has implemented to save energy and limit its environmental impact.
Organizations Can Apply Now for Natural Gas Access Grants
Local businesses, schools, hospitals, municipalities and economic development corporations that are preparing new sites can apply now for grants to aid in connecting to natural gas lines. The state Department of Community and Economic Development offers grant opportunities through its Pipeline Investment Program (PIPE) to aid in the construction of the last few miles of natural gas distribution lines to business parks, existing manufacturing, and industrial enterprises.
More information on the PIPE program is available here.
I enjoyed visiting with the Greene County Human Services team and learning more about their impressive work on behalf of some of the most vulnerable citizens of our area.
For more information on issues of importance to southwestern Pennsylvania, please visit my website at www.senatorbartolotta.com and connect with me on Facebook (www.facebook.com/senatorbartolotta) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/senbartolotta).
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