Preventing Welfare Fraud
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Preventing Welfare Fraud

To help prevent the fraudulent use of public assistance benefits, the House passed legislation this week to further crack down on welfare fraud by requiring proper documentation of citizenship and residency when applying for local and state benefits.

Under House Bill 1095, individuals who apply for benefits directly must provide an acceptable form of identification, or an affidavit certifying their citizenship. The bill would not change any eligibility criteria for the receipt of public benefits. It merely would update Pennsylvania law to ensure compliance with federal law.

The bill would also prohibit individuals from possessing multiple ACCESS cards. Any person who violates this prohibition would be charged with a third-degree felony. House Bill 1095 now goes to the state Senate.
Celebrating PA Manufacturers

Manufacturing plays a vital role in our state’s economy, creating a variety of job opportunities and career paths for current and future generations. In honor of those contributions, Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week is being observed from Saturday, Sept. 30, through Friday, Oct. 6

In total, manufacturing has an economic impact of $84 billion in Pennsylvania, and we are home to the eighth largest manufacturing industry in the United States.

Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week and Manufacturing Day are part of a movement to build positive perceptions about manufacturing, draw attention to the variety of career opportunities available, and highlight the industry’s important contributions to our economy.

In helping to promote manufacturing and trades, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has spearheaded a new law to allow career and technical students to demonstrate proficiency on exams developed by the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute in lieu of demonstrating proficiency on a Keystone Exam. Act 6 of 2017 gives them greater flexibility in meeting high school graduation requirements so they can be ready to enter the workforce.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

A House resolution designating September 2017 as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month passed the House of Representatives this summer with unanimous, bipartisan support.

House Resolution 382 is intended to bring awareness to childhood cancer, to encourage young Pennsylvanians who are fighting cancer, and to honor young people who have lost their lives to childhood cancer. The resolution also expresses gratitude to the doctors and nurses who provide special care to patients and families affected by childhood cancer and encourages all residents in this Commonwealth to join the fight against childhood cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, childhood cancers make up less than 1 percent of all cancers diagnosed each year. An estimated 10,270 new cases are expected to be diagnosed in children under the age of 15 in the United States this year. Childhood cancer rates have been slightly increasing for the past few decades.

Because of major treatment advances in recent decades, more than 80 percent of children with cancer now survive five years or more. Overall, this is a significant increase since the mid-1970s, when the five-year survival rate was less than 60 percent. Still, survival rates vary depending on the type of cancer and other factors.

Although pediatric cancer death rates have decreased by nearly 70 percent over the past four decades, it still remains the leading cause of death from disease among children. About 1,190 children are expected to die from cancer in 2017.
Check Out These Upcoming Events!

Lewisburg Fall Arts and Crafts Festival: Saturday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hufnagle Park. Click here for additional information

Kidsgrove 20th Anniversary Celebration: Sunday, Oct. 1, at 1 p.m. at the park on Sassafras Street, Selinsgrove. Free food, entertainment, kids’ activities and a petting zoo are planned. Click here for additional information

Selinsgrove R.E.C (Regional Engagement Center) Grand Opening: Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 4 p.m. at The R.E.C., 429 8th St., Selinsgrove. Click here for additional information.

Mifflinburg Oktoberfest: Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6-7. Click here for additional information.   

Snyder County Libraries’ 12th Annual Evening of Wine and Art: Saturday, Oct. 7, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Shade Mountain Winery. For additional information, contact Pamela Ross, executive director of Snyder County Libraries, at or (570) 374-7163, ext. 2

Fremont Apple Harvest Festival: Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13-14, at 299 Millrace Road, Mt. Pleasants Mills. Click here for additional information.

Kelsey’s Fall Festival: Saturday, Oct. 14, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Click here for additional information.

McClure Bacon Fest: Saturday, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McClure Station Park, 1 @. Walker St. Click here for additional information.
Veteran’s Assistance Update

Just a reminder, Dan Falls of the American Legion is available on the fourth Wednesday of the month to provide assistance to veterans at the Mifflinburg office, located at 343 Chestnut Street, Suite 1. While October’s outreach has been canceled, veterans are encouraged to make an appointment for the next Veteran’s Outreach Day on Wednesday, Nov. 29. Just call the office at 570-966-0052.

Also, Mike Knouse with Congressman Tom Marino’s office can also assist with Veteran’s Affairs. He can be reached in the Selinsgrove office at 570-374-9469.
Helpful Resources for Our Military Heroes

Here are some valuable resources that may be helpful to area veterans, active military service members and their families:

The How-to Guide for Packing Your Home Before Deployment

Guide to Coping with Deployment and Combat Stress

Interested in Using a VA Home Loan? Here’s What You Need to Know

VA Loan Information for Veterans & Active Military

Financial Resources for Veterans Returning to School

PTSD Issues for Current Military Service Members

The Guide to Managing PTSD As A Tradesman

Affordable Mental Health Options for Veterans and their Families

21 Strengths Arising From Military Experience
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