Sep. 14, 2018

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Weekly Roundup
The latest news from the State Capitol
Town Hall Meeting Set for Thursday

Please consider joining me for a town hall meeting on Thursday, Sept. 20, that will focus on legislative redistricting and gerrymandering. The event will take place at Cobblestone Hotel and Suites, 12695 Washington Township Blvd. in Waynesboro, starting at 6:30 p.m.

The topic is certainly a timely one here in Pennsylvania after the court decision that was made earlier this year regarding the boundaries of congressional districts. I’m looking forward to having a lively discussion on this important issue.

The town hall meeting is open to constituents of the 90th Legislative District and other interested members of the public. 
House Committee Examines Telemedicine Bills

On Wednesday at the Capitol, the House Professional Licensure Committee conducted a hearing to examine legislation that would allow health care to be more accessible and affordable by offering telemedicine options for patients.

Telemedicine refers to the remote delivery of health care services and medical information using telecommunications technology, a significant and rapidly growing component of health care.

Using telemedicine, specialists and other health care providers can expand their reach, helping patients stay in their communities and avoid traveling long distances for specialized care.

House Bill 1648 would define the term in state law and offer clarity for insurance company reimbursement for these services. Although the legislation requires payments for telemedicine services, those payments would be established between the provider and insurer.

Among those testifying at the hearing were physicians, nurses, medical information technologists, insurance industry representatives and a rural school superintendent.
Economic Update

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s General Fund revenue collections for August were $2.27 billion, which was $27 million more than estimated. So far this fiscal year, General Fund collections of $4.5 billion are above the official estimate by $26 million. Learn more here
Elk Cam is Back!

The Pennsylvania Game Commission again has installed a camera in an Elk County field that typically is a hub of elk activity during the fall mating. Video and sound from the camera are being live-streamed here, and viewers can expect not only to see elk, but turkeys, deer and other wildlife as well. The live stream is slated to run until mid-October. The best time to see elk on camera is late in the afternoon. 
Road Work Ahead

Here is the list of road projects PennDOT has scheduled for Franklin County next week. Please exercise caution when driving through a work zone.
  • Lincoln Way East in Guilford Township – milling/base repair/paving.
  • Old Scotland Road in Greene and Southampton townships – base repair.
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