Rep. Brown Attends Telemedicine Briefing from Lehigh Valley Health Network
9/16/2018
 
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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.
September word of the month is “Sensitivity.”
“Being aware of the feelings of others and reacting accordingly.”
 
 
Telemedicine Briefing Held by Lehigh Valley Health Network

 
On Friday, Sept. 7, Rep. Gary Day (R-Berks/Lehigh) and I received a briefing from Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown where its officials explained how they effectively use telemedicine technology in their facilities and why they believe House Bill 1648 and Senate Bill 780 – legislation designed to enhance its use – will help benefit providers.

I am extremely interested in telemedicine and the legislation dealing with it, as I believe it will offer more adult and pediatric services, including mental health providers, both in the home and school environments that could be extremely beneficial. I attended this session to garner more education of telemedicine prior to our legislative hearing Wednesday in Harrisburg.

(See next story for more information)
 
 
House Committee Examines Telemedicine Bills

 
On Wednesday, members of the House Professional Licensure Committee on which I serve, examined 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. Through the use of telemedicine, specialists and other health care providers are able to expand their reach, helping patients stay in their communities and avoid traveling long distances for specialized care.

Legislation has been introduced in both chambers (House Bill 1648 and Senate Bill 780) that 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 this week’s hearing were physicians, nurses, medical information technologists, insurance industry representatives and a rural school superintendent.
 
 
Attention Private Community Board Members
 
 
I will be hosting another HOA Board Member Seminar on Sunday, Sept. 30, from 2-5 p.m., at the Great Bear Golf Club & Country Club, located at 1 Great Bear Court, East Stroudsburg. The topics of discussion will be dues collections.

Networking opportunities will also be offered at the conclusion of this event. This seminar is free to attend, but RSVP is required. To RSVP, please call my district office at 570-420-8301 or email Brian Fenstermaker at bfenstermaker@pahousegop.com and provide the name of attendee(s), private community and official position. The deadline to RSVP is Monday, Sept. 24.
 

Eagle Scout Court of Honor

 
I would like to take this opportunity to recognize Boy Scout Troop 174’s Jason Monroe Budd and Andrew Troy Errico (pictured above), who officially achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. During the Court of Honor, I presented both of these young men citations to congratulate them on their achievement.
 
 
Ceremony to Remember 9/11 was Held at East Stroudsburg University
 
 
East Stroudsburg University held its Second Annual Sept. 11 Remembrance Day event organized by the ESU College Republicans. Members of the club woke up at 5 a.m. to place almost 3,000 flags along the grounds. It was an honor to stand with Sen. Mario Scavello (R-Monroe/Northampton), members of ESU faculty, and fellow ESU students as they honored those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

Seventeen years ago, almost 3,000 people perished in what was deemed the worst terror attack our nation has ever seen. We watched in horror as planes crashed into the World Trade Centers, the Pentagon and a field in Shanksville. We were devasted as we later watched the World Trade Centers collapse into nothing but ash.

However, we did not let the fear and devastation crush us. We as a nation stood strong and unified as Americans and showed our enemies that we are a resilient country which would not be easily silenced.

We remember those innocent lives that were lost, respect and honor first responders and civilians (many who are dealing with serious medical conditions) who rushed into the buildings to save those trapped inside, and never forget this tragic day as it was not only a day of great loss but a day that defined the United States of America.
 
 
The Warehouse Tavern & Grill Grand Opening
 
 
Recently, I attended a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Warehouse Tavern & Grill, located at 124 Golf Course Drive, East Stroudsburg, for its grand opening. I want to extend my congratulations to the Warehouse Tavern & Grill and wish its owners and employees much success.
 
 
Schools Urged to Apply for Safety Grants

The new School Safety and Security Grant Program – established as part of the 2018-19 state budget package – is now open for applications.

Schools interested in applying for grants to help with safety equipment and resources should submit their applications by Oct. 12 to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, which is administering the new program.

A total of $52 million in grant funding will be provided to school districts, intermediate units, area vocational-technical schools, charter schools and private residential rehabilitative institutions for a wide variety of projects to improve school safety.

The grants can be used for any of 22 specific school safety initiatives listed in the legislation, including such things as hiring school security officers, purchasing security-related technology, completing safety and security assessments, implementing violence prevention curricula, offering counseling services for students, and other programs and services to protect students.

The grant money is to be distributed geographically, with no school district receiving more than 10 percent (but eligible for at least $25,000) of the available funds. The money is expected to be distributed by March 2019.

To apply or for more information, visit the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s website here.
 

PA Treasury Launches New Website for Unclaimed Military Decorations

The Pennsylvania Treasury announced the launch of a new state website dedicated to reuniting military decorations that have been reported as unclaimed property with their rightful owners.

The new search function allows users to search their names, or the name of a loved one, to see if Treasury is holding a military decoration as unclaimed property. In addition, users can look through a photo gallery featuring some of the decorations that are in the unclaimed property vault, as well as medals that have been returned to their rightful owners. Military decorations are often reported to Treasury as contents held in a safe deposit box that has gone unclaimed or abandoned.

Since 2017, Treasury has returned 58 service decorations, some of which have been in Treasury’s custody for decades, including Purple Hearts, to their rightful owners. Treasury continues to search for the owners of over 500 unclaimed military awards.

Unclaimed property also includes items such as abandoned bank accounts, forgotten stocks, and uncashed checks. Under Pennsylvania law, entities are required to report any financial asset that has gone unclaimed for a period of time — usually three years — to Treasury.

To search for unclaimed military decorations, visit  patreasury.gov/unclaimed-property/medals/.

To search for other unclaimed property, including uncashed checks, forgotten stocks and more, visit patreasury.gov/unclaimed-property/.

Treasury’s Bureau of Unclaimed Property is also available toll-free at 1-800-222-2046 and via email at tupmail@patreasury.gov, to help conduct a thorough search for unclaimed property.
 
 
Grants Available for Job Training
 
Local workforce development boards can apply for $2.5 million in Business-Education Partnership (BEP) grants that will connect businesses and school districts – all in an effort to expand new career opportunities across Pennsylvania.

The funding is available through the Department of Labor and Industry to local workforce development boards, which are regional entities that direct federal, state and local funding to workforce development programs in their areas.

These partnerships connect schools, employers, parents and students to provide career-related experiences and opportunities through soft-skills development, internships, workplace shadowing and career mentoring, all with the goal of engaging more students in the need for technical skills required by employers.

Last year, nearly 9,000 students throughout the state participated in partnership activities.

Additional details and the grant application can be found here.  The deadline to apply is Oct. 31.
 
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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