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In this Update:

  • Travis Reiter Senate Citation
  • Fishing Derby Invitation
  • Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training
  • Mobile Mammography Event
  • PECO Arbor Day Giveaways
  • Communicate with Your Utility Companies to Avoid Disconnection
  • New Military Themed License Plates Now Available
  • Treasury’s Transparency Portal Now Shows Additional Data
  • Summer Internship Opportunity with the Office of Open Records
  • Complete an Annual Renewal to Maintain Insurance Coverage
  • Happy Easter and Passover to You and Your Family


Travis Reiter Senate Citation

This week I had the honor of providing a Senate citation to recognize the heroic action of Travis Reiter. On December 15, Travis risked his life to protect another co-worker during a workplace shooting. He suffered life-threatening gunshot wounds and required 6 liters of blood during a transfusion. During a moment of fear and uncertainty he remained courageous and because of that we recognize him.

Fishing Derby Invitation

Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training

Mobile Mammography Event

PECO Arbor Day Giveaways

PECO is partnering with the Arbor Day Foundation to provide customers with trees to plant strategically around their homes for environmental impact and energy savings. This year marks PECO’s 10th anniversary as an Energy-Saving Trees partner. PECO’s program has provided almost 10,000 free trees to customers. By planting trees around your home, you can add to your property value, reduce your carbon footprint, improve air quality, and more effectively catch storm water runoff.  When fully grown, these trees can also help reduce the amount of energy your home uses.  Customers can reserve their trees now until the last week of April – act fast, as the trees go quickly! Trees can be picked up in each county on April 28th. Find more details and reserve your tree here: www.arborday.org/peco

Communicate with Your Utility Companies to Avoid Disconnection

As the annual winter termination moratorium effectively ended on Monday, it is more important than ever for consumers with high or past-due balances on their utility bills to call their provider to discuss options to remain connected.

Utilities are reaching out to customers who are at risk of utility shutoffs and sending bill reminders, letters, termination notices and Public Utility Commission (PUC)-approved shutoff forms. If a customer’s service is shut off, the utility must provide a notice indicating why the service was shut off and what steps the customer can take to restore service. 

Utilities can help enroll consumers in assistance programs, guide them to other available resources and discuss new payment plan options to address overdue balances. If a consumer is unable to resolve an issue or obtain needed information from the utility, they may contact the PUC’s Bureau of Consumer Services toll free at 1-800-692-7380. 

New Military Themed License Plates Now Available

Because of legislation passed by the General Assembly, new military themed license plates will be available throughout the commonwealth. Two of these new plates – the Air Medal license plate and the Afghanistan and Iraq Veterans license plate – recognize veterans’ special contributions during their service. The third is the Blue Star Family license plate for family members of an active-duty, Reserve or National Guard service member.

All three are available for passenger cars or trucks with a registered gross weight of not more than 14,000 pounds for a fee of $23.

More information, including eligibility requirements and images of license plates, is available here.

Treasury’s Transparency Portal Now Shows Additional Data

Treasurer Stacy Garrity announced a new feature on Treasury’s Transparency Portal that gives the public easy access to county- and state-level data about Pennsylvania’s unclaimed property program, the PA 529 College and Career Savings Program, Keystone Scholars and the PA ABLE Savings Program.

The new feature includes four interactive maps displaying data for unclaimed property, PA 529, Keystone Scholars and PA ABLE. Users can now see county-by-county details such as: 

  • How much unclaimed property is available;
  • How much unclaimed property has been returned since Jan. 1, 2021;
  • The number of open PA 529 and PA ABLE accounts;
  • Total assets in PA 529 and PA ABLE; and
  • The number of registered Keystone Scholars accounts.

Statewide data is also available, and the data will be updated quarterly. Information about all of Treasury’s consumer programs can be found here.

Summer Internship Opportunity with the Office of Open Records

The Office of Open Records is offering a paid summer internship opportunity in Harrisburg to undergraduate students and recent graduates who are interested in government accountability and transparency. Interns may work from home on Mondays and Thursdays, but full-time telework will not be approved.

The office was established to create a free, simple method for citizens to appeal a public records denial by a local or state government agency. Decisions made by the Office of Open Records have an enormous impact that can lead to changes at all levels of government in Pennsylvania.

Email a resume and cover letter that includes your preferred start and end date to openrecords@pa.gov. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Learn more, including internship requirements, here.

Complete an Annual Renewal to Maintain Insurance Coverage

All Medical Assistance (MA) and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) recipients must complete an annual renewal to keep coverage. Pennie, Pennsylvania’s state-affiliated health insurance marketplace, offers financial assistance to lower the cost of health and dental coverage. It can help ensure continuous coverage for Pennsylvanians who have lost or are losing MA benefits.

Approximately 30-45 days before Medicaid recipients’ renewal date, they will receive their renewal packet in the mail. This must be completed and returned as soon as possible. They can also complete their renewal online via COMPASS or over the phone.

People who are no longer eligible for Medicaid may have options for coverage available through Pennie and CHIP.

Happy Easter and Passover to You and Your Family

This week, we celebrate two holy holidays: Easter and Passover. No matter what or how you celebrate, may you and your family enjoy happy, heartwarming time together. Warmest wishes for many blessings.

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