Senator Mario Scavello E-Newsletter

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In this Edition:

  • A Time to Give Thanks
  • Around the 40th District
  • Safe Use of Generators during Outages
  • PA Veterans Homes Offer Memory Loss Care
  • Legislature Increases Income Limits for Low-Cost Prescription Drug Program
  • Information Available on Diabetes Risk

A Time to Give Thanks

I hope you have a great Thanksgiving in the coming week and enjoy this cherished time with family as we take the opportunity to count our blessings. Safe travels for those who have to hit the road for the holiday. 

 Around the 40th District

This week our community gathered around the region to honor our veterans during a number of Veterans Day ceremonies. Thank you to the many committed men and women who have served our country with honor and to our military families who have also sacrificed so that their loved ones could serve. We thank you for your devotion to the cause of freedom. Take time today to thank a veteran and never forget their service.

Safe Use of Generators during Outages

If a storm knocks your power out and you use a generator, the PA Public Utility Commission urges you to connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator, not your home’s electrical system.

Incorrect use could shock or injure utility crews working on nearby power lines. You can find additional generator tips are available here.

PA Veterans Homes Offer Memory Loss Care

November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness and Caregivers Month, which is a good time to let you know that the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs offers care for eligible veterans and spouses with memory loss at each of its six veterans homes.

Care at each home is administered by a clinical staff that includes physicians, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, certified nursing assistants, pharmacists and registered dieticians. You can find locations and more information here.

Legislature Increases Income Limits for Low-Cost Prescription Drug Program

The General Assembly increased income eligibility limits for PACENET to provide low-cost prescription drug coverage to an additional 17,000 Pennsylvanians aged 65 and older.

The new income limits are between $14,500 and $27,500 for singles and $17,700-$35,500 for couples who are not enrolled in the PA Department of Human Services Medicaid prescription benefit. 

You can more information and applications here.

Information Available on Diabetes Risk

Nearly 11 percent of Pennsylvania adults have diabetes, and a significant number are not aware of it, which greatly increases their health risk.

One in three adults has prediabetes, with elevated blood sugar levels. You can take advantage of National Diabetes Month to find out more and take a quiz to find out if you are at risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.

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