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Happy New Year!
With wonderful opportunities and new adventures, with time for renewed hobbies and old friendships, and with the hope for good health and happiness, I am wishing everyone a Happy New Year.
Veterans Assistance Day
On the second Tuesday of each month, the American Legion holds a Veterans Assistance Day at our Tannersville district office.
The next Veterans Assistance Day is January 10th. The district office is located at 2989 Route 611, Suite 103 in Tannersville.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a service officer with the American Legion Pennsylvania Department will be on site to assist veterans with issues including: compensation and pension claims, education benefits, enrollment in the VA health care system, burial and survivor benefits, state benefits, and obtaining military personnel and medical records.
Veterans do not need to be a member of the American Legion to receive these services. Please contact the Tannersville office to schedule an appointment at 570-620-4326.
Social Security and Veterans Affairs Partnership Creates Faster Disability Decisions for Veterans
The Social Security Administration has announced the launch of a new Health IT initiative with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that enables all Social Security disability case processing sites to receive medical records electronically from all VA facilities.
Veterans will receive a faster decision on their Social Security disability claim, speeding them and their dependents through this new process. Both agencies will save time and money with an automatic request through the eHealth Exchange.
Social Security requests nearly 15 million medical records annually from healthcare providers and organizations to make medical decisions on about three million disability claims. Medical documentation is essential to make a disability determination. Historically, the agency obtained medical records through a manual process (mail, fax, secure mail). This new national initiative puts in place an automated process to obtain medical records electronically with-out human intervention.
Social Security offers two other programs to expedite disability claims filed by veterans. Wounded Warriors and veterans with a VA disability compensation rating of 100% Permanent & Total have their Social Security disability claims treated as high priority and receive expedited decisions. For more information about these programs, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov/people/veterans.
LIHEAP Applications Open to Eligible Residents
Pennsylvania’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is taking applications through March 31, 2017 for home heating assistance to qualifying low- and fixed-income individuals and families, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.
Income eligibility for heating assistance for a household of one is $17,820, increasing incrementally with a family of ten’s income eligibility set at $73,815. Each additional person over ten raises the limit by $6,240.
Please contact my office by calling (570) 620-4326 if you need assistance completing an application. All required documents should be brought with you in order to verify accurate information. You can also apply online or download an application through COMPASS, Pennsylvania’s secure website for many health and human service programs. Learn more here.
In addition to the LIHEAP cash program, households experiencing a heating crisis may be eligible for additional benefits through the LIHEAP crisis program.
Emergency situations include:
Assistance with home heating crisis situations will be available 24 hours a day; please contact the local County Assistance office.
Website Offers Important Service Information for Veterans
A new website is now available to help veterans, military members and their families find services and benefits available in their county. The Network of Care is a one-stop shop for a wide variety of important information relating to local, state and national social services. Click “Select a Site” and “Pennsylvania” to find services in your county. http://veterans.networkofcare.org/
Love Your Dog License Your Dog
A small action can have a big impact when you purchase your 2017 dog license today in order to keep your dog safe. As many of you know, I have fought against animal cruelty and have been a strong advocate for legislation improving our animal cruelty laws in Pennsylvania. I urge you to please find out more by visiting http://www.licenseyourdogpa.pa.gov/
2017 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence
The application deadline for the 2017 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence is January 3. Established in 1996, the award recognizes Pennsylvania's leaders in innovative green technologies and environmental management. It honors individuals, employers, municipalities and institutions that are working to benefit Pennsylvania's environment and economy. Find out more here.
Around the 40th District
Silver Award for 1,100 Stuffed Animals
Senator Scavello Recognizes Dr. Pete Casale
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Senate Box 203040
2989 Route 611, Suite 103
Tannersville, PA 18372
Phone (570) 620-4326
FAX (570) 620-4379
8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
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