Jan. 18, 2019

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Harrisburg Update

A quick look at what’s happening in Harrisburg
and the 125th Legislative District...

SNAP Benefits for February

On Jan. 8, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) notified states that February SNAP benefits will be fully funded. However, for February benefits to be funded, they must be issued by states on or before Jan. 20. Pennsylvania has determined that it will be able to meet this federal deadline.

The February SNAP benefits for recipients who did not have a renewal in January, or whose renewal for January was completed by Jan. 14, will be available on their electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards on Jan. 18 because Jan. 20 is a Sunday.

Recipients whose renewal is due in January and their renewal is completed after Jan. 14 will have their benefits available the day after their renewal is processed. This is the only benefit payment SNAP recipients will receive for the month of February. They will not receive a payment on their regularly scheduled February payment date.

This payment is not a bonus or an increase in the monthly payment. SNAP recipients will need to make this early payment last through an undefined period if the federal government shutdown persists. The state is awaiting further guidance from USDA regarding the availability of benefits for March.

Other benefits such as cash, LIHEAP or Medical Assistance will not be affected.

Help Your Community Grow

The Recreation and Conservation Grants Program within the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) will be accepting applications from Jan. 22 to April 10. The Bureau of Recreation and Conservation (BRC) provides technical and grant assistance in support of community projects that help plan, acquire and develop parks, recreation facilities and trails; and conserve critical conservation areas and watersheds.

For more information visit dcnr.pa.gov/Communities/Grants. Potential applicants for DCNR Community Conservation Partnerships Program grants are encouraged to participate in either or both of two upcoming grant webinars (Jan. 30 and Feb. 27). To register, visit dncr.pa.gov, click on “Events” and use the search box to search the keyword “grants.”

Increasing Access to Life-Saving Medication

As the spring semester gets underway at colleges and universities across the state, students with known or unknown food allergies could have an extra layer of protection the event of an allergic reaction.

Act 93 of 2018 authorizes colleges and universities to have non-patient specific epinephrine auto-injectors on hand in case of an emergency. The law also applies to law enforcement agencies, summer camps, restaurants, amusement parks, sports facilities and other facilities to carry non-patient specific epinephrine auto-injectors.

Experts estimate 1 in 13 children in the United State have food allergies and allergic reactions result in 90,000 emergency room visits and approximately 1,500 deaths.

Radon – Is Your Home Safe?

An estimated 40 percent of Pennsylvania homes have higher levels of radon than national safety standards, due to the state’s geology. However, residents can perform a simple test to detect that gas, which is considered the second leading cause of lung cancer.

Radon is an odorless, colorless radioactive gas that occurs naturally from the breakdown of uranium in sol and rocks and enters homes through cracks in the foundation or other openings.

Winter is a good time to test for radon, because doors and windows are generally closed, providing more accurate results. Click here for more information.

PennDOT Holiday Schedule

All PennDOT driver license and photo centers, including the full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, Jan. 19, through Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, dmv.pa.gov.
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