Fighting Back Against Food Stamp Fraud
10/26/2018

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Fighting Back Against Food Stamp Fraud

Working to protect taxpayer dollars, a new law aims to help prevent food stamp fraud by imposing tougher penalties for the illegal trafficking of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

Senate Bill 1127, now Act 160 of 2018, creates a new penalty for the fraudulent trafficking of SNAP benefits in an amount greater than $2,500. Violators will be required to pay restitution of up to three times the amount of fraud they committed. Under prior law, the recipient who sold the benefits and the merchant who created the illegal market for and traffics in those benefits are treated the same.

The legislation stems from a case uncovered last year by the Office of State Inspector General in which a Harrisburg restaurant traded drugs for electronic benefit transaction (EBT) cards and bought thousands of dollars of supplies from a food wholesale club to be resold for profit. This serious problem across Pennsylvania takes food from our most vulnerable citizens. 
 
 
Prescription Drug Coverage Expansion to Cover 17,000 More Seniors

A new law will extend the PACENET prescription drug coverage program to help up to 17,000 more Pennsylvania seniors.

House Bill 270, now Act 87 of 2018, will increase the annual maximum income limits in the PACENET program from $23,500 to $27,500 for a single person and from $31,500 to $35,500 for a married couple.

Additionally, the bill would allow two new pharmacy-based programs to be developed under the PACE program to assist seniors in monitoring their prescription drug usage. This eligibility expansion would be the first since 2004, and it is funded by proceeds from the Pennsylvania Lottery. 
 
 
Giving the Gift of Life

Legislation that will help encourage organ and tissue donation in Pennsylvania has been signed into law by the governor.

Senate Bill 180, now Act 90 of 2018, will expand the list of those persons authorized to decide on behalf of a decedent whether his or her organs are donated. Among other provisions, it will also permit a minimally invasive blood or tissue test to be conducted to determine the suitability of a donor; call for education regarding organ and tissue donation and transplantation for high school students, as well as nursing and medical students; and increase the voluntary contribution made by citizens from $1 to $3 for driver’s license and vehicle registration renewals.

Currently, more than 8,000 Pennsylvanians are waiting for an organ transplant. More information about organ donation in Pennsylvania is available here
 
 
Check Out These Upcoming Events!!

Lewisburg Children’s Museum Activities: Weekends in October and November. Learn about chemistry this Saturday, Oct. 27, or take part in “Munchkins and Pumpkins,” featuring a variety of fall activities on Sunday, Oct. 28. In November, make an autumn tree picture (Nov. 3); enjoy STEM stations with Bucknell University (Nov. 10); make poppy wreaths to honor veterans (Nov. 11); use materials and objects to create your own mini Mayflower (Nov. 17); make fall-themed slime (Nov. 18); join in reading “Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving” (Nov. 24); and learn coding fundamentals (Nov. 28). Click here for additional information

Bannerville Fire Co. Haunted Hayride: Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26-27, 7-10 p.m. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children, and free for children age 5 and under. Handicap accessibility. For more information, call 570-658-6477 or 570-765-4040.

McClure Bacon Fest: Saturday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Arts and crafts vendors, local farm vendors, direct sales vendors and lots of bacon themed items! This year’s event also includes a Chasin’ Bacon 5K Run/Walk! Click here for additional information

For additional events across Central PA, visit the Susquehanna Valley Visitor Bureau’s website here.  
 
 
Veterans Organizations Can Apply for Trust Fund Grants

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) is accepting applications for the 2018-19 Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF) grant cycle. Up to $800,000 in VTF grant funding will be competitively awarded for programs and services benefiting Pennsylvania veterans.

The VTF is funded by Pennsylvanians who voluntarily donate when applying for or renewing driver’s licenses, photo IDs or motor vehicle registrations; purchasing Honoring Our Veterans license plates; or making private donations.

To learn more about the VTF and the grant application process, visit www.vtf.pa.gov or follow DMVA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/padmva.

Pennsylvania has the fourth-largest veteran population in the nation, with nearly 800,000 veterans. 
 
 
What’s Happening in the PA General Assembly?

If you want to know more about what’s happening in your state government, look no further than the Pennsylvania General Assembly website. You will find information about upcoming committee meetings, specific bills, roll call votes, House and Senate calendars, existing state statutes and more. You can even watch session live through the site. Check it out here! 
 
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