Scott, Venkat: Bill to require insurers to provide multiple payment options to reimburse health care providers passes General Assembly

(1 day ago)

HARRISBURG, July 8 — State Reps. Greg Scott and Arvind Venkat said a crucial piece of legislation that aims to protect health care practitioners and their patients from unfair reimbursement practices imposed by some insurers is headed to the governor’s desk. House Bill 1664 would address how certain insurers require claims payments to be made through credit or debit card equivalents, which involves the insurer providing a series of numbers that the health care provider must enter on a website or credit card terminal. This process forces health care practices to absorb transaction fees, sometimes as high as 5%, or pass these additional costs on to patients. Insurers sometimes even receive a percentage of the transaction fee. Many health care offices, particularly those run by small business owners, are not fully equipped to handle end-to-end electronic claims processing, especially for bulk claim payments. As a result, these practices may be forced to upgrade their payment systems simply to be paid for the services they provide to patients covered under an insurer’s plan. This requirement unfairly restricts their business practices and increases operational costs. "In passing House Bill 1664, we're taking a significant step to ensure fairness in health care reimbursement practices,” said Scott, D-Montgomery. “This legislation would be a victory for dentists and their patients, ensuring that Read more

 

Expungement Clinic with Legal Aid of Southeastern PA

(1 day ago)

Join me for an Expungement Clinic with Legal Aid of Southeastern PA on Wednesday, July 24, from 12-2 PM at my district office, located at 1019 W Main St., Norristown, PA. This clinic offers a valuable opportunity for those seeking to clear their criminal records and start fresh. Experienced legal professionals will be available to provide guidance and assistance with the expungement process. If you or someone you know could benefit from this service, don't miss this chance to receive free, confidential help. I look forward to seeing you there and helping our community move forward. RSVP here. Read more

 

PA House passes bill to ban license plate flipping devices

(Jul 08, 2024)

HARRISBURG, July 8 – Legislation ( H.B. 2426 ) introduced by state Reps. Pat Gallagher, D-Phila., and Greg Scott, D-Montgomery, that would explicitly ban license plate flipping devices, today passed the Pennsylvania House. License plate flipping devices enable a license plate on a vehicle to be changed to another license plate either manually or electronically. When affixed to vehicles, these devices can be used to conceal a license plate, modify its appearance, or switch one license plate to another. Drivers can use these devices to evade identification for purposes such as avoiding tolls, reckless driving, or even more nefarious criminal activity. “There are currently many ambiguities in our state law that allow individuals to use these devices as loopholes to get out of making payments they owe,” Gallagher said. “My city of Philadelphia recently took action on this issue by prohibiting these devices in the city, and now it’s time for the entire state of Pennsylvania to follow suit.” “House Bill 2426 is a significant step toward ensuring accountability on our roads,” Scott said. “License plates are crucial for vehicle identification, and it's essential that our laws explicitly prohibit the use of license plate flipping devices that allow drivers to evade this identification. These devices can be used to avoid tolls, engage in reckless driving, and even commit more Read more

 

Agricultural, Environmental, Public Safety, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities For Your District

(Jul 08, 2024)

NEWLY LISTED PROGRAMS Local Share Account: Monroe County Who May Apply: Municipalities, economic development agencies, or redevelopment authorities within Monroe County or the five contiguous counties to Monroe (Carbon, Lackawanna, Northampton, Pike, and Wayne). Use: Public interest projects, community improvement projects, economic development projects, or roadway improvement projects. Funds: Funded by gross terminal revenues of certain licensed gaming facilities. Application Deadline: September 30, 2024 More information: DCED Website Local Share Account: Category 4 Facilities Program (Berks, Cumberland, Westmoreland, and York Counties) Who May Apply: Municipalities, counties, redevelopment authorities, or economic development agencies in a county hosting a Category 4 licensed gaming facility. Use: Projects in the public interest. Funds: Funded by gaming revenues from Category 4 licensed facilities. Application Deadline: September 30, 2024 More information: DCED Website Local Share Account: Luzerne County Who May Apply: All Luzerne County municipalities and the Luzerne County Redevelopment Authority. Use: Projects in the public interest. Funds: Funded by 2% of gross terminal revenues of certain licensed gaming facilities. Application Deadline: September 30, 2024 More information: DCED Website Local Read more

 

House Transportation Committee approves bill to ban license plate flipping devices

(Jun 24, 2024)

HARRISBURG, June 24 – Legislation ( H.B. 2426 ) introduced by state Reps. Pat Gallagher, D-Phila., and Greg Scott, D-Montgomery, that would explicitly ban license plate flipping devices was approved today by the House Transportation Committee. License plate flipping devices enable a license plate on a vehicle to be changed to another license plate either manually or electronically. When affixed to vehicles, these devices can be used to conceal a license plate, modify its appearance, or switch one license plate to another. Drivers can use these devices to evade identification for purposes such as avoiding tolls, reckless driving, or even more nefarious criminal activity. “There are currently many ambiguities in our state’s law that allow individuals to use these devices as loopholes to get out of making payments they owe,” Gallagher said. “My city of Philadelphia recently took action on this issue by prohibiting these devices in the city, and now it’s time for the entire state of Pennsylvania to follow suit.” “House Bill 2426 is a significant step toward ensuring accountability on our roads,” Scott said. “License plates are crucial for vehicle identification, and it's essential that our laws explicitly prohibit the use of license plate flipping devices that allow drivers to evade this identification. These devices can be used to avoid tolls, engage in reckless Read more

 

Agricultural, Environmental, Public Safety, Redevelopment, Technology, and Additional Grant Opportunities

(Jun 20, 2024)

NEWLY LISTED PROGRAMS Broadband Development Authority: COVID-19 ARPA Capital Projects Fund Digital Connectivity Technology Program Who May Apply: Libraries, community schools, municipalities, workforce training organizations, not-for-profit organizations, and other community anchor institutions. Use: Acquisition of digital connectivity technology that facilitates broadband internet access and promotes digital literacy and skills training. Funds: $20 million in federal ARP money is available for this program. Application Deadline: August 19, 2024 More information: DCED Website Department of Agriculture: Very Small Meat and Poultry Processor Program Who May Apply: Applicants must meet the federal definition of a very small meat and poultry processing operation and currently be operating under a grant of inspection or planning to get a grant of inspection upon completion of project. Use: Grant reimbursement is available for eligible costs associated with meeting the requirements to obtain a grant of inspection, opening a new very small meat and poultry processing operation, expanding the capacity of a current very small meat and poultry operation, or a combination of those purposes. Funds: Funding is limited to no more than $100,000 per applicant. Application Deadline: August 2, 2024 More information: PDA Website PROGRAMS OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Read more

 

Cancer, pregnancy issues and more discussed during hearing about forever chemicals or 'PFAS'

(Jun 06, 2024)

The cancer-causing forever chemicals known as PFAS are front and center in Harrisburg. A State House committee is holding a hearing on banning the use of the chemicals in many consumer products. Read more

 

Pa. House committee holds hearing on bill that would ban PFAS in consumer products

(Jun 06, 2024)

The Pennsylvania House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee held a hearing Tuesday on a bill that would ban PFAS in consumer products. Read more

 

Environmental Resources & Energy Committee hosts hearing for Scott’s bill to eliminate the use of PFAS in household products

(Jun 03, 2024)

HARRISBURG, June 3 – The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee convened a critical public hearing on state Rep. Greg Scott’s H.B. 2238 today. This legislation was introduced in April and is designed to eliminate the use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, more commonly referred to as PFAS, in household products. Scott noted that PFAS exposure has been linked to medical problems such as cancer, immune system suppression, high cholesterol, pregnancy induced hypertension, liver damage, increased risk of thyroid disease and infertility. PFAS chemicals are found in items such as firefighting foam, cookware, dental floss and feminine hygiene products, and are referred to as “forever chemicals” because they do not break down in the environment. The hearing today included six testifiers, ranging from people representing environmental activist groups to higher education faculty. Speakers urged the bills’ passage from both human health and environmental preservation perspectives. House Bill 2238 has 30 co-sponsors, including Reps. Mandy Steele, Tarik Khan and Ben Sanchez. “The use of PFAS chemicals in commercial products is a man-made problem. They had a choice, and they chose profit over people,” said Scott, D-Montgomery. “The prime sponsors, and our staff, have worked diligently on this legislation. We have sought, reviewed and received information from over 60 Read more

 

Grant Memo: Agricultural, Environmental, Public Safety, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities

(May 30, 2024)

NEWLY LISTED PROGRAMS Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs: PA Statewide Drug and Alcohol Toll-Free Call Center Who May Apply: Applicant must be able to manage a statewide 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year Drug and Alcohol (D&A) Toll-Free Call Center. Use: DDAP will enter into a grant agreement with one entity to manage and oversee all aspects of the D&A Call Center to provide confidential referral services to consumers and their families seeking drug and alcohol treatment and who are experiencing difficulty as a result of substance use disorder (SUD). Funds: Up to $6,788,000 for five years for one grantee through DDAP’s Substance Use Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Services Block Grant federal funding. Application Deadline: June 18, 2024 More information: DDAP Website PROGRAMS OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Department of Agriculture: Farm Vitality Planning Grant Who May Apply: Farmers, prospective farmers, and others may apply. Use: Strategic business planning to expand or diversify farms or support transition of ownership. Funds: $500,000 in funding is available. Grants shall not exceed $7,500. Application Deadline: Applications will be received until funds are exhausted. More information: Pennsylvania Bulletin Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Recruitment Incentives for Law Enforcement Who May Apply: Read more

 

Summertime Family Festival and Resource Fair

(May 14, 2024)

We are gearing up for our most anticipated event of the Summer! Rep. Greg Scott's Annual Summertime Family Festival and Resource Fair featuring Martha's Choice Marketplace and The R.O.S.E. Foundation. Join us on August 18, 2024, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Elmwood Park, 1325 Harding Blvd., Norristown. Come out for food, music, special performances, access to the Zoo and animals, vendors, and much more! If you plan to attend, let us know by completing the RSVP form here ! If you would like to be a vendor at the event, make sure to mark that on the RSVP form and we will be in contact with you! Read more

 

Reps. O’Mara, Scott, Khan, and Mayor Tuerk call for passage of bill focusing on first responders’ mental health

(May 02, 2024)

“Our first responders are the backbone of our communities, rushing into dangerous and traumatic situations to keep us safe. Their selfless service often takes a toll on their mental well-being and receiving the care they need can be blocked by barriers and proof of ‘abnormal working conditions’,” Scott said. Read more

 

Planting Pinwheels: Mission Kids honors 1,326 child surviors

(Apr 08, 2024)

Rep. Scott joins Mission Kids to plant 1.326 pinwheels for child abuse survivors. Read more

 

Scott announces state funding for renovation and repurpose project in Plymouth Meeting

(Mar 26, 2024)

HARRISBURG, March 26 – State Rep. Greg Scott, D-Montgomery, today announced the approval of a $435,312 state grant that will be used to reconfigure access roads to the Plymouth Meeting Mall. “This project exemplifies our commitment to progress and infrastructure improvement for all who call this area home. We're not just building roads; we're paving the way for safer, more efficient transportation, and enhancing the connectivity of our community.,” said Scott. The Multimodal Transportation Fund from the Commonwealth Financing Authority provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to the residents of the commonwealth. Funds can be used for transportation asset development, rehabilitation, streetscape enhancement, lighting, sidewalk improvement, pedestrian safety, connectivity, and transit-oriented development in existing communities. The Commonwealth Financing Authority approved the grant this morning. The authority was established in 2004 as an independent agency of DCED to administer Pennsylvania’s economic development programs. Read more

 

Grant Memo: Agricultural, Educational, Public Safety, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities For Your District

(Mar 19, 2024)

NEWLY LISTED PROGRAMS Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs: Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Drop-In Centers Who May Apply: Existing organizations that have the capacity to provide or expand drop-in center services for individuals with SUD, including single county authorities, DDAP licensed treatment providers, organizations that offer clinical services and recipients of DDAP’s prior funding opportunities for Drop-In Centers. Use: To expand drop-in center services for individuals with SUD. Funds: Up to $6,575,000 is available. DDAP expects to award approximately eight grants totaling $750,000 each. Application Deadline: April 12, 2024 More information: DDAP Website PROGRAMS OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Department of Agriculture: Farm Vitality Planning Grant Who May Apply: Farmers, prospective farmers, and others may apply. Use: Strategic business planning to expand or diversify farms or support transition of ownership. Funds: $500,000 in funding is available. Grants shall not exceed $7,500. Application Deadline: Applications will be received until funds are exhausted. More information: Pennsylvania Bulletin Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Recruitment Incentives for Law Enforcement Who May Apply: Local law enforcement agencies, campus or university police, railroad or street railway police, airport authority police, and county park police. Use: Funding is explicitly to support Act 120 training and recruitment Read more

 

Reps. Bradford and Scott announce $1.8 million awarded to Norristown School District

(Mar 15, 2024)

NORRISTOWN, March 15 – State Reps. Matt Bradford and Greg Scott today announced that Norristown Area School District was awarded $1.8 million to support the district’s efforts to create a safe and healthy learning environment for students. This funding, part of $39 million that was awarded to 36 school entities across Pennsylvania, was awarded through the federal Bipartisan Safer Communities Act Stronger Connections Grant. Norristown Area School District can use the funding to promote the social, emotional, physical, and mental well-being of students and staff; address family and community engagement; and promote equitable and inclusive policies and practices. “Students deserve to learn and grow in a school setting that is safe, supportive and inclusive,” said Bradford. “This funding will give Norristown Area School District added resources to ensure that students can focus on learning and teachers and staff can focus on educating and fostering a positive learning environment. I’m grateful to the Biden administration for this federal support and to the Shapiro administration for distributing this important funding.” “Creating safe, healthy environments for kids is key to their success, both academically and personally. This funding will enable us to implement crucial measures that will ensure our children can thrive in an environment free from harm or danger. Our commitment to their safety is Read more

 

Scott urges homeowners to apply for Montgomery County Whole Home Repair program

(Mar 11, 2024)

NORRISTOWN, March 11 – State Rep. Greg Scott is urging homeowners to apply for the Montgomery County Whole Home Repairs Program (WHRP). Administered by the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD), offers up to $50,000 grants to eligible homeowners to address safety concerns, improve energy efficiency, and make units accessible for disabled individuals. “This program is designed to target Montgomery County’s most vulnerable community members. A safe place to live is a fundamental right and with the current housing affordability crisis Whole Home Repairs is needed more than ever,” said Scott, D-Montgomery. Based on program funding, Montgomery County intends to equally target at least 100 to 150 properties for repairs, weatherization, and/or enhancements. “I partnered with Senator Amanda Cappelletti, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, and ACLAMO Family Centers to host a community meeting to go over the program, eligibility, and selection process, and how to apply. My goal as Representative is to make sure that residents of my community are supported in keeping their homes safe and functioning.” “The door to my office is always open and I would be happy to help you with the application process, call 484-685-3494 or email, RepScott@pahouse.net .” Applications will be open for a 50-day window Read more

 

Testifiers, lawmakers maintain push for minimum wage increase

(Mar 06, 2024)

PHILADELPHIA, March 6 – The House Majority Policy Committee gathered testimony from minimum wage earners and public policy experts during a hearing Wednesday as the push to finally increase the wage in Pennsylvania continues. The hearing was hosted by Rep. Roni Green (D-Phila.) at SEIU Local 668 in Philadelphia. It comes after House Democrats passed legislation in June that would increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 by 2026. However, that bill is still awaiting action in the GOP-controlled Senate. “Raising the minimum wage in Pennsylvania is an important and timely topic. It has the potential to improve the lives of many with a fair and livable income,” Green said. “Increasing the minimum wage will reduce poverty, promote economic growth, and provide a financial sense of security for workers. It’s unacceptable that we haven’t raised the wage in 16 years.” Wednesday’s policy hearing featured testimony from Bri Golphin, an employee at the Restaurant Opportunities Center ; Karim Jones, a home healthcare worker for SEIU Healthcare PA ; and Marc Stier, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Policy Center . Jones is a full-time caregiver for his brother, who began needing assistance three years ago. Jones said the training offered by SEIU Healthcare PA has greatly impacted the quality of care he’s able to provide. But because of low wages, Jones testified that he supplements his income Read more

 

Property Tax/ Rent Rebate Clinics

(Feb 15, 2024)

I will be holding multiple Property Tax/ Rent Rebate Clinics. This year the program is seeing major improvements. Raise the income limit to qualify for rebates to $45,000 for both homeowners and renters. Ensure this income cap will keep pace with inflation. Increases the maximum rebate from $650 to $1,000. We will be available to assist folks with filling out their forms and delivering them back to Harrisburg. Please come and find out if you are eligible! Contact my office at 484-685-3494 if you need more information. Read more

 

Scott applauds inaugural meeting of Indigent Defense Advisory Committee

(Feb 13, 2024)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 13 – State Rep. Greg Scott today applauded Gov. Josh Shapiro and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency following the inaugural meeting of Indigent Defense Advisory Committee Monday. The Indigent Defense Advisory Committee will develop statewide standards and a statewide funding system for indigent defense services -- providing legal representation for those who cannot afford it on their own. “Last week we heard from Governor Shapiro as he proposed his 2024-25 budget . His plan for this budget builds on the $7.5 million investment in indigent defense, the first time in state history that funding was secured to guarantee public defenders with the necessary resources to provide legal representation to defendants who cannot afford it themselves” said Scott, D-Montgomery. “In the community where I live, we have people who have systematically not had a fair shake in our criminal justice system. As a magisterial district judge, I was proud to have helped see to the creation of Montgomery County’s Pre-Trial Service program, which guarantees that everyone has an attorney at the time of their arrest, and now, as a state representative, I am happy to help make sure they can pay for it. Having an attorney represent you is a constitutional right, not just in some states but in all states, and it’s time we do our part to make that a reality.” The Read more

 

Scott, Venkat: Bill to require insurers to provide multiple payment options to reimburse health care providers passes General Assembly
1 day ago

Expungement Clinic with Legal Aid of Southeastern PA
1 day ago

PA House passes bill to ban license plate flipping devices
Jul 08, 2024

Agricultural, Environmental, Public Safety, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities For Your District
Jul 08, 2024

House Transportation Committee approves bill to ban license plate flipping devices
Jun 24, 2024

Agricultural, Environmental, Public Safety, Redevelopment, Technology, and Additional Grant Opportunities
Jun 20, 2024

Cancer, pregnancy issues and more discussed during hearing about forever chemicals or 'PFAS'
Jun 06, 2024

Pa. House committee holds hearing on bill that would ban PFAS in consumer products
Jun 06, 2024

Environmental Resources & Energy Committee hosts hearing for Scott’s bill to eliminate the use of PFAS in household products
Jun 03, 2024

Grant Memo: Agricultural, Environmental, Public Safety, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities
May 30, 2024

Summertime Family Festival and Resource Fair
May 14, 2024

Reps. O’Mara, Scott, Khan, and Mayor Tuerk call for passage of bill focusing on first responders’ mental health
May 02, 2024

Planting Pinwheels: Mission Kids honors 1,326 child surviors
Apr 08, 2024

Scott announces state funding for renovation and repurpose project in Plymouth Meeting
Mar 26, 2024

Grant Memo: Agricultural, Educational, Public Safety, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities For Your District
Mar 19, 2024

Reps. Bradford and Scott announce $1.8 million awarded to Norristown School District
Mar 15, 2024

Scott urges homeowners to apply for Montgomery County Whole Home Repair program
Mar 11, 2024

Testifiers, lawmakers maintain push for minimum wage increase
Mar 06, 2024

Property Tax/ Rent Rebate Clinics
Feb 15, 2024

Scott applauds inaugural meeting of Indigent Defense Advisory Committee
Feb 13, 2024