Office Locations 
District Office
12 North Baltimore Street
Dillsburg PA 17019
Phone: (717) 432-0792
FAX: (717) 432- 0795
Hours: M - F
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Capitol Office
422 Irvis Office
PO Box 202092
Harrisburg PA 17120-2092
Phone: (717) 783-8783
FAX: (717) 782-2920

                                             
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Weekly Roundup
The latest news from the State Capitol
 
House Committee Examines Telemedicine Bills

Members of the House Professional Licensure Committee this week 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. 
 
 
Unclaimed Military Decorations


The Pennsylvania Treasury announced the launch of a new website dedicated to reuniting military decorations with their rightful owners.

The new search function, which can be found here, 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, 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 other unclaimed property, including uncashed checks, forgotten stocks, and more, click here.

Treasury’s Bureau of Unclaimed Property is available toll-free at 1-800-222-2046 and via email at tupmail@patreasury.gov, to help conduct a thorough search for unclaimed property. 
 
 
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
 
 
Register Now for My Farmers’ Breakfast
 

On Thursday, Oct. 11, from 8-10 a.m. I will again host my Farmers’ Breakfast at Baker’s Restaurant, located at 515 N. U.S. 15 in Dillsburg.

During this informative event, those in the agricultural industry will receive an update on issues that impact them. The guest speaker will be former secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and House Majority Leader Sam Hayes. The 92nd District has a rich history of farming; and we must ensure agriculture has a bright future here. I encourage all farmers to attend. Breakfast will be provided.

To register, call my office at (717) 432-0792, or fill out the registration form on www.RepKeefer.com by clicking the “Farmers Breakfast” icon. 
 
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12 North Baltimore Street,Dillsburg, PA 17019 | 717-432-0792
422 Irvis Office, PO Box 202092, Harrisburg PA 17120-2092 | (717) 783-8783 / 3-8783
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