Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on September 15, 1990 · Page 3
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Indiana, Pennsylvania
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fllhe 3nbtana Gazette STATE Wednesday, September 17, 2003 — Page 3 Seniors rally for drug plan By MARTHA RAFFAELE Associated Press Writer HARRISBURG — Supporters of a plan to expand Pennsylvania's prescription drug programs for the elderly rallied in the Capitol Rotunda TUesday in the hopes of spurring the state Senate to vote on the bill. The measure, which was passed unanimously by the House in June, represents the Legislature's effort to carry out Gov. Ed Rendell's proposal to increase income eligibility limits for the Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly programs, commonly known as PACE and PAGENET. The legislation has been stalled in the Senate because Republican Leader David J.. Brightbill of Lebanon County has said he •-wants to wait until Congress has resolved its debate over a com. plex Medicare prescription drug coverage bill. Rendell said that although he expects the bill to be modified by the Senate, "the time to act is now." "Are you tired of waiting? Is there anybody here who's worried that our life span may end before those guys in Washington ;' act?" he said. W; Ray Landis, legislative director for the state AARP, noted that •during a Senate committee hearing on the bill last month, federal Medicare administrator Thomas Scully sought to allay concerns that Pennsylvania would risk losing federal funding if it expanded PACE and PAGENET. "We're not going to be penal- House unanimously rejects tax legislation George Edwards, holding a sign, and other supporters of a bill to expand prescription drug coverage for low-income seniors rallied Tuesday in Hgrrisburg. (AP photo) ized for that,!' Landis said. The Senate Aging and Youth Committee has scheduled another hearing on the bill for Sept. 29. Erik Ameson, an aide to Brightbill, said that while the senator would still prefer to wait for Congress to pass its legislation, he also wants to ensure that the expanded coverage is in place as of Jan. 1 — the date set by the House bill — regardless of what happens at the federal level. Under the House bill, the income limits for participants in PACE, which has no deductible, would increase from $14,000 to $14,500 for individuals and from $17,200 to $17,700 for married couples. The income limits for PAGENET, a related program for seniors with higher incomes that kicks in after participants pay the first $500 of their drug costs each year, would change from $17,000 to $22,500 for individuals and from $20,200 to $30,500 for couples. Additionally, the PAGENET deductible would be changed from $500 annually to $40 per month. Rendell has estimated the new income levels would qualify an additional 300,000 seniors for PACE and PAGENET benefits. Senators push for more high-speed Internet service By MARC LEVY ,>, Associated Press, Writer . .. .HARRISBURG.—As lawmakers try to make Pennsylvania a more attractive place for businesses to start or relocate, they are looking tto push telephone companies to roll out high-speed Internet service faster and create an entirely new regulatory agency to specialize in telecommunications. All of this is happening 3'/z months before the expiration of a 1993 law that requires most of the state's 37 established telephone companies to bring high- speed voice, data and video transmission over the Internet— nicknamed broadband — to every resident in Pennsylvania by 2015. But lawmakers are concluding that 2015 is not soon enough, and at least three bills are being pushed in the Legislature to accelerate broadband deployment as part of the renewal of the 1993 law, known as Chapter 30 of the public utility code. . "What we're saying is that in 10 years, things have changed," Sen. Jake Gorman, R-Centre, said Tuesday at a news conference to announce a forthcoming bill to offer financial incentives to companies to quicken the deployment of a statewide broadband j network. The bill, which has not been introduced yet, would require Veri- zon to make broadband available in most of its service territory by 2008, and would offer financial incentives to do so. The 1 othervteleph.pne companies; af- £ec,ted,by. the. J.993 law would ;bp required to have- broadband available universally by 2015, but with financial incentives to do so earlier. Gorman also announced a forthcoming bill to create the Pennsylvania Telecommunications Commission as a way to move the fast-develop ing issues of high-speed voice, data and video transmission into an agency that can keep up with the changes. While neither the senators nor the telephone companies criticized the state's Public Utility Commission on Tuesday, telephone company officials in the past have expressed frustration over the bureaucracy that has kept some decisions on disputes brewing inside the commission f o r a year or more. Gov. Ed Rendell said Tuesday that his staff is drafting a list of priorities that he would require in any Chapter 30 legislation he signs, and noted that renewing the law "may be the biggest factor affecting economic development in the future." The state's consumer advocate, Irwin "Sonny" Popowsky, said he was comfortable with the bills in the Legislature, except for an industry-supported bill that, he said, would erode consumer protections and raise rates for basic telephone service. One of the bills in the House would establish a Pennsylvania Broadband Infrastructure Authority that would be charged •with.coming.jUp with a plan to** ;enjgfej|ja'tJkrpadBarid a c£ess ]££ prdviSed statewide by Dec;* 3 IT* Z KfiiV"* '*' yuo. 1 mnother House kill would require companies to complete a broadband network by 2008 for areas served by the largest telephone companies and by 2010 foic^ther areas. That measure Woiu<i also impose financial penalties 'on .companies that fail to make repairs or remedy other problems in a timely fashion. A third' bill in the House was written.with me input of-me telephones companies: While it would require Verizon to provide universal broadband service by 2015, it would allow the other companies to stop at 70 percent. Beyond mat, residents without service would have to file a group request for broadband in their area, thereby proving that enough demand exists to warrant an expansion of service, said Steven J. Samara, vice president of the Pennsylvania Telephone Association. Samara said. that each telephone company has made broadband'available to between 60'percent and 100 percent of its service territory, but telephone companies maintain there is no point to bringing broadband to areas where there is little demand, such as rural stretches. By MARTHA RAFFAELE Associated Press Writer HARRISBURG — The state House of Representatives on Tuesday unanimously rejected a package of tax proposals that Republican leaders put up for a vote in order to show that Gov. Ed Rendell will have to accept a scaled-down version of his education spending plan. Majority Leader Samuel H. Smith, R-Jefferson, said the measure he sponsored "embodies" a grab-bag of tax plans the governor presented to the Legislature in March to help finance his education and economic-development initiatives, including Legislative highlights By The Associated Press TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2003 STATEHOUSE SNIPPETS • The Senate unanimously confirmed the nomination of Wendell Holland to the state Public Utility Commission. Earlier in the day, the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee voted the nomination out with a favorable recommendation. Holland previously served on the commission from 1990 to 1993. He will replace Commissioner Aaron Wilson, whose term expired March 31. • Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler, said he has reintroduced legislation that would require voters to approve any future local property tax increases, unless the increases are related to public health or safety concerns. QUOTEWORTHY: "What we're saying is that in 10 years, things have changed." — State Sen. Jake Gorman, R-Centre, introducing legislation that would encourage telephone companies to provide a faster rollout of broadband services and create a new state agency to deal solely with telecommunications issues. . ^LOOKINGAHEAD: 1 [' --The Senaljj Agriculture 1 .' and jp • Rural Affairs ':• -Committee is •' scheduled to meet today. Suspected robber arrested • PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh man wanted in five bank robberies was arrested Tuesday after police said he robbed a bank for the second time. Thomas Landon, 41, was ar- .rested across the street from a National City Bank following a foot chase through a department store shortly after police said he robbed the downtown bank around 3:30 p.m. Pittsburgh police Commander Maurita Bryant said Landon was wanted on arrest warrants on charges stemming from a string of bank robberies since July, including a robbery at the same bank on Aug. 26. . After the robbery Tuesday, Landon was chased into a Lazarus department store and arrested outside after being subdued with pepper spray, Bryant said. a 34 percent increase in the state's personal income tax, as well as increasing taxes on beer and cell phones. It was voted down 199-0. Smith said afterward that he hoped to "reinvigorate" negotiations over the education spending. Rendell vetoed more than $4 billion in education subsidies in March to force lawmakers to consider initiatives such as early- childhood education and expanded tutoring programs. No major spending bill has made it to Rendell's desk since his veto of the education funding, and each side has accused the other of being unwilling to compromise. "I think this helps to define the upper limit (of spending). It's not going to be $660 million for his education plan," Smith said. Smith offered the proposal as an amendment to a bill that would have provided tax credits for firearms training courses. He said it would have generated about $2.6 billion in revenue. Several rank-and-file Democrats accused Smith of orchestrating the vote simply to embarrass Rendell and said they would oppose the legislation because it did not represent a final plan negotiated by the governor and legislative leaders that would link the revenue to specific programs. WILLIAM A. VITALIE, DMD t T t T T T T ,T It T T T T T T T T T T Professional Morses RN's. Gil's. LPM's, GRITs plus Student Nurses FREE SEMINAR ON PAIN MANAGttftENT 'thct R i- -! (' >\i t it c l)c nti. PRESENTER: LTfTStell; Board Certified In Hospice & Palliative Medicine & Internal Medicine SPONSORED BY: MXI Mobile X-ray and Indiana Co. Health Care Careers Consortium RSVP To: Cathy Williams At 7Z4-349-53OO Door Prizes & Refreshments T T T T T T T jour smile in shape/ Veneers (Hollywood smile) " Al! 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In the event of serious illness, however, there may still be time to make necessary provisions, protecting both your wishes and your survivors' feelings. Possibly you and your spouse can talk it over. If talking about funerals is hard, if you or your family are not ready for such a conversation, you can put your thoughts down on paper. Keep the letter informal. Try to include everything about the funeral or memorial service you'd like. You might include your thoughts on the disposition of the body, type of service, who might speak, whether there should be flowers and music. Talk about the money involved if you'd care to. Often survivors spend far too much, because they're afraid to spend too little. SELECTED 36 North Seventh Street Indiana, PA 15701 (724) 349-9700 Richard T. Wolfe, Jr. Owner/Supervisor Bradley L. Adamson Funeral Director

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