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Governor Increases Benefits for Veterans

Veterans Day has come and gone, but support for veterans and their service continues.Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, who served in the Commonwealth’s National Guard, is among the advocates for United States veterans, and recently signed seven pieces of legislation that champions the rights of those who have served in all branches of the Armed Services.
Governor Corbett’s legislative package will:
•Finance the Veterans Trust Fund, which will receive $1.7 million after the sale of ScotlandSchool for Veterans Children, and continue to grow, providing help and assistance for veterans. •Encourage the commonwealth to contract with veteran-owned small businesses. •Create a “V” designation on Pennsylvania Driver Licenses, which will allow veterans to qualify for discounts or other benefits. •Update the Pennsylvania Code of Military Justice, giving commanders more options in dealing with military offenses. •Simplify and provide uniformity to the registration and absentee ballot process for un…

Weekly Newsletter-Monday, November 26

Weekly Newsletter
Week of November 26, 2012 This Week's Issues to Watch:: JOIN US ON NOVEMBER 28 FOR THE PHILADELPHIA RELEASE OF THE SELF-SUFFICIENCY STANDARD:: ROC DINERS GUIDE RELEASE AND BRUNCH DECEMBER 5:: FNC ANNUAL MEETING DECEMBER 6:: AUTHOR WHITNEY JOHNSON Q&A TOMORROW:: FRAC WEBINAR ON FOOD STAMPS DECEMBER 3:: CHILD AND FAMILY POLICY FORUM DECEMBER 6:: WOMEN'S OPPORTUNITY AWARD PROGRAMJoin Us this Wednesday,  November 28!  PathWays PA  to Release Overlooked and Undercounted: Impact of the Great Recession as Measured by the Self-Sufficiency Standard of Pennsylvania
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
United Way, 1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia

Weekly Newsletter-Monday November 19, 2012

Weekly Newsletter
Week of November 19, 2012 This Week's Issues to Watch:: JOIN US ON NOVEMBER 28:: CREATING QUALITY JOBS WEBINAR:: DO YOU KNOW YOUR CONSUMER RIGHTS?:: UPENN CONFERENCE ON CHILD POVERTY:: BRYN MAWR COLLEGE CONFERENCE ON WOMEN:: TELL YOUR GOVERNOR YOU WANT AFFORDABLE HEALTH COVERAGEPlease Help Those Affected By Hurricane Sandy Our thoughts are with the people recovering from the storm and with the families of those who lost their lives during the hurricane and its aftermath.
Click here to find ways to help.
Join Us on November 28!  PathWays PA  to Release Overlooked and Undercounted: Impact of the Great Recession as Measured by the Self-Sufficiency Standard of Pennsylvania
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
United Way, 1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia RSVP Here
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Workforce Strategies Initiative Webinar:
Creating a Conversation on Job Quality: Research, Advocacy and Communication Stra

Do You Think Pennsylvania Should Move Forward With Medicaid Expansion? If So, Sign This Letter!

** This letter will be delivered to Governor Corbett. The deadline for sign on is November 19th, 12:00pm. Please send the name and location of your organization to akraus@pahealthaccess.org


Re: Medicaid Coverage Opportunity

Dear Governor Corbett,

We write to strongly urge you to take advantage of the opportunity given to Pennsylvania to strengthen the current Medicaid program by extending coverage to working families in the Commonwealth. Starting in 2014, states will be able to cover all adults up to 138 percent of poverty. Doing so would drastically reduce the number of uninsured adults, while simultaneously offering Pennsylvania tremendous cost savings opportunities, including savings on uncompensated care costs, behavioral health expenses, immunizations and other costs currently born by the Commonwealth. The undersigned groups respectfully request and urge you to move forward with the Medicaid coverage opportunity.

The opportunity to provide insurance to Pennsylvania’s working fami…

Harrisburg Update: Leadership Elections

The House and Senate Leadership elections were held last week. Most of the positions remained the same, however, Ron Waters was named Minority Caucus Secretary and Neal Goodman as Minority Caucus Administrator. Here is the list with hyperlinks to each individual. The committee chairman will be announced in January.
Officers of the House Speaker Samuel H. Smith Majority Minority Floor Leader Mike Turzai Frank Dermody Whip Stan Saylor Michael K. Hanna Caucus Chair Sandra Major Dan Frankel Caucus Secretary