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Thursday, November 1, 2018 The latest news from the State Capitol

Helping Local Seniors with SEPTA Key Cards

To ensure seniors can ride free on all SEPTA transit services, I am offering people 65 and older help getting a free SEPTA Key Senior ID card on Monday, Nov. 5, and Tuesday, Nov. 13, at my district office, 400 Old Forge Lane, Suite 407, Kennett Square.

Appointments will be accepted on both dates from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and can be made by calling my district office at (610) 388-3100. Residents are asked to bring their driver’s license or other form of identification. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided.

I don’t want people to have to drive to SEPTA’s office in Philadelphia, so I encourage residents to make an appointment to get the help they need. It’s my pleasure to serve the residents of our community and provide this service for their convenience.

The Key Card enables seniors to ride free on all transit routes (bus, trolley, trackless trolley, Broad Street/Broad Ridge Spur Line, Market Frankford Line/Norristown High Speed Line). In September, SEPTA eliminated the $1 Regional Rail fare for travel within Pennsylvania.

While Pennsylvania seniors who possess a valid (unexpired) driver’s license or state-issued ID are automatically eligible to participate in the program, people who do not want to use either form of identification can register and have their picture taken for the SEPTA Key Senior ID card. The SEPTA Key cards will be mailed at a later date.

Office Closed on Tuesday, Nov. 6, for Election Day 

My office will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 6, for Election Day. I encourage anyone who has state-related questions or concerns to reach out prior to Tuesday. Otherwise, my staff and I will be available to help you the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 7. Thank you for your understanding.

Free Dental Care for Veterans Without Dental Insurance

Community Volunteers in Medicine will be providing free dental care for Chester County veterans without dental insurance on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 300B Lawrence Drive, West Chester. A bus route is available.

Offered procedures include cleanings, fillings, extractions, X-rays and panorex.

To make an appointment, please call Alberta Landis, Vice President of Dental Services, at (610) 836-5990, ext. 107.

Fighting Opioid Abuse

A new law that requires opioids to be prescribed electronically will bring consistency in the way prescriptions are filled and will also prevent the fraudulent use of prescription pads to fuel the opioid crisis.

At one time, written prescriptions were the safest form of prescribing opioids, which state law required. Since that time and with the rise of the opioid epidemic, providers’ prescription pads have been stolen, leading to fraudulent use and driving fake prescriptions for the addictive drug.

Act 96 of 2018 (formerly House Bill 353) will make it more difficult to have fake prescriptions filled, while also making it more convenient for patients who have a legitimate need for the medication. Currently, most all medications are prescribed electronically.

Another benefit of e-prescribing is that the tracking of the prescription can go directly to the state’s prescription drug monitoring database to help ensure only those who have a legitimate medical need for these prescriptions can access them.

Assistance for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Now Law

Two new laws signed by the governor will assist grandparents raising their grandchildren and help them better access both private and public resources.

House Bill 2133, now Act 89 of 2018, will establish the Kinship Caregiver Navigator Program, an informational resource for these grandparents that will operate both as a website and a toll-free hotline. The website will offer information on support and services available, and a specially trained navigator through the hotline will be able to provide support and guidance to kinship caregivers, and serve as a mediator to establish relationships between kinship caregivers and relevant federal, state and local agency staff.

The cost to state taxpayers will be greatly reduced, as the Commonwealth just received $479,307 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families to develop the program.

Another measure to help grandchildren, House Bill 1539, now Act 88 of 2018, will allow grandparents to have temporary guardianship when the parents of the grandchildren are unable to care for them primarily due to substance abuse issues.

An estimated 82,000 grandparents are the sole caregivers for nearly 89,000 grandchildren in Pennsylvania.

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