Apr. 07, 2019

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The latest news from PA State Representative Rosemary Brown

District of Character
The “District of Character” is an initiative I created to enhance character development and promote daily reminders for residents of the 189th District about how we can create a stronger community without policy changes. No one is perfect, but we can always work to improve our character daily.
April word of the month is “Values.”

“Considering someone or something to be important or beneficial; have a high opinion of, to cherish, to treasure.”

Help for Lyme Disease Treatment

Pennsylvania has consistently ranked among the highest in the country in confirmed cases of Lyme disease.

To help those affected by this disease and other related tick-borne illnesses, the House Health Committee approved legislation that would require health insurers to cover treatment plans for Lyme disease or related tick-borne illnesses as prescribed by a patient’s health care practitioner, regardless if the treatment plan includes short-term or long-term antibiotic treatment.

Lyme disease can be easily treated with antibiotics when caught and treated early. If untreated, the disease can cause joint swelling, cardiac or neurologic complications. The most severe cases can be debilitating.

House Bill 629 now moves to the full House for consideration.

For more information on the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease, and how to protect yourself from tick bites, click here.
PA’s First Ever Tick-Borne Diseases Wellness Center Opening at Wayne Memorial Hospital

Pennsylvania's first ever Tick-Borne Diseases Wellness Center, at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, PA, will be open beginning on Wednesday, April 10!
The center will be staffed by a Lyme and related tick-borne disease-literate nurse practitioner. As time moves on, more specialized staff will be added at the center.
As many of you know I have been leading the charge with efforts to build our state’s efforts with Lyme Disease and tick-borne illnesses in Harrisburg with both legislation and education.
I have also championed a grant that was awarded to East Stroudsburg University to allow all Pennsylvanians to have ticks tested for free to do our best to prevent illness. Testing the tick can let you know if you have a chance of being infected.
We have an extremely high amount of individuals who are suffering with some of these disease s and while I can’t endorse any medical service, I wanted to ensure the community knows of this new local effort.
Good Money Habits Training Resource for Kids

To help high school and college students make smart money decisions, Pennsylvania is launching a new program called the “FinLit Forum.”

The conference-style program involves multiple state and nonprofit agencies that provide high school and college students with critical financial knowledge to be successful in the next stages of their lives.

The program addresses many “real life” financial issues of young people, including banking basics, introduction to budgeting, understanding credit reports and scores, scams and identity theft, insurance 101, and financial aid.

Learn more here.

Tax Day Approaching

The Monday, April 15, deadline to file your federal, state and local taxes is fast approaching.

If you received more than $33 in total gross taxable income in calendar year 2018, you must file a Pennsylvania Personal Income Tax return by midnight on April 15.

You can file online for free through PAdirectfile, a secure, state-only electronic income tax filing system by clicking here.

If you want to use an online tax preparing service, Pennsylvania has deals with certain providers for free e-filing. You can learn more about these services by clicking here.

Income tax assistance is available through the department’s Online Customer Service Center, or by calling 717-787-8201 between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Pennsylvanians can also visit a Department of Revenue district office for basic state personal income tax filing assistance. Assistance at these offices is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Married 50 Years or Longer? You Can Register for Our Anniversary Tea Celebration

I am inviting all local couples celebrating 50 or more years of marriage to my Anniversary Tea on Friday, May 17, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Shawnee Fire Company #1, 102 Firehouse Lane, Shawnee-on-Delaware.

The purpose of this anniversary tea is to commemorate all our local couples whose love and devotion continues to stand the test of time. Marriage is more than signing a piece of paper – it is about commitment, compromise and, most importantly, trusting one another. These couples have achieved an amazing milestone – one that I believe should be honored.

During this event, the Monroe County Area Agency on Aging will provide a senior services briefing. I will also be providing a legislative update. Each couple will receive an anniversary pastry made by the Stroudsmoor Inn Towne Bakery and Café.

Residents who will be celebrating 50 years or more as a couple and are interested in attending this event can register through my district office at 570-420-8301 by Monday, May 6.
My Spring Newsletter is Available on My Website

My spring newsletter has been sent out and should be arriving in your mailboxes within the next few weeks. I have also posted a digital copy of this newsletter to my website for your convenience as well. The newsletter includes information concerning Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, Real ID and some of our upcoming events.

To view my newsletter online, click here
Walk with a Doc

St. Luke’s University Health Network is hosting a Walk with a Doc series at its Monroe campus. This series allows local people to engage with health care providers and other community members while enjoying some fresh air and scenic views.

The walks will take place at the St. Luke’s Monroe campus on Mondays from 5-6 p.m. between April 8 and June 24 and again on the same day and time between Sept. 9 and Sept. 30. Participants will meet in the lobby.

This event is free, though St. Luke’s is asking that those who are interested to please register on the hospital’s website, sluhn.org.

Presented Awards to Delaware Township Fire Department

Last Wednesday, I stopped at the Delaware Township Fire Department meeting to present awards to these tremendous volunteer firefighters!!

Alexander Cairns (Rookie of the Year), Thaddeus (Teddy) Purcell (50 years of amazing service!), James Owens (another amazing service award- 40 years!) and
Erik Sioreti (2018 Firefighter of the Year).

Thank you to each and every one of these gentlemen and the full firefighter team and their families for their dedication and volunteer hours towards emergency service!
Just a reminder: If you are encountering an issue with state government, please feel free to contact my district office. We are here to help you with the following services:      
 - Driver’s license and vehicle registration applications and renewals. 
 - Assistance with PennDOT paperwork (lost cards, changes, corrections, special registration plates, vanity plates, and temporary placards for disabled persons).                         
 - PACE and PACENET applications for seniors.                         
 - State Motor Vehicle and Driver Licensing Work.
 - Voter registration forms and absentee ballot applications.                         
 - State tax forms.                         
 - Student aid applications.                         
 - Free state maps, state park information, and PA Vacation Guides.                         
 - Copies of legislation and tours of the State Capitol.                         
 - Referrals to agencies to resolve state-related matters. 
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Office Locations
143 Seven Bridge Road, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301 | Phone: (570) 420-8301
210 Ryan Office Building, PO Box 202189, Harrisburg, PA 17120-2189 | Phone: (717) 260-6171
Email: rbrown@pahousegop.com
TTY: 855-282-0614