Medicare Open Enrollment Starts Oct. 15 - By State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne)

Oct. 15, 2019 /

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging is reminding Medicare beneficiaries that the open enrollment period starts on Tuesday, Oct. 15, and continues through Saturday, Dec. 7. During this time, you may make changes to your current Medicare coverage, as well as join, switch or drop Medicare Advantage or Prescription Drug Coverage plans.

Supporting Pennsylvania’s Helpers and Heroes

Sep. 30, 2019 / Newspaper Columns

Legislation is currently working its way through the House of Representatives that would support Pennsylvania’s fire and ambulance services. The bills are designed to address staffing and funding challenges facing these vital public safety organizations.

Help Stop the Spread of Spotted Lanternfly

Sep. 24, 2019 / Newspaper Columns

Fourteen counties in southeast Pennsylvania are currently included in the spotted lanternfly quarantine zone identified by the state Department of Agriculture. Officials are urging the public to help prevent the spread of the invasive insect by making sure they are not transporting the spotted lanternfly to other parts of the Commonwealth. Vigilance is especially important as the pest’s egg-laying season is now here.

Toohil, Heffley to Seek Committee Meeting on Pending White Haven Center Closure

Sep. 13, 2019 /

HAZLETON – After attending Thursday’s public hearing regarding White Haven Center (WHC) conducted by the Department of Human Services (DHS), Reps. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) and Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) announced they are working with the chairman of the House Human Services Committee, Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), to hold an urgent meeting regarding the pending closure of the facility for the physically and mentally challenged.

Toohil Issues Statement on Proposed Closure of SCI Retreat

Aug. 29, 2019 /

HAZLETON – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) issued the following statement in response to the announcement by the Department of Corrections (DOC) of the proposed closure of SCI Retreat in Newport Township. The prison employs about 400 men and women, including many who reside in the 116th Legislative District, which Toohil represents.

PA ABLE Savings Program Shows Rapid Growth

Aug. 26, 2019 / Newspaper Columns

A state program designed to help people with qualified disabilities save for future disability-related expenses has more than doubled its assets in just one year, reflecting the high level of popularity and need for this savings option.

Toohil to Host Senior Expo on Sept. 12

Aug. 14, 2019 /

HAZLETON – In her continuing effort to improve the quality of life for older residents in the Hazleton area, Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) will host a Senior Citizens Expo on Thursday, Sept. 12.

FCC Takes Next Step in Battle Against Robocalls, Spoofing

Aug. 14, 2019 /

Recognizing the frustration and potential danger posed by spam calls and spoofing, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced new rules that will ban malicious caller ID spoofing of text messages and foreign calls.

Toohil Issues Statement on Pending Closure of White Haven Center

Aug. 14, 2019 / Press Release

HAZLETON – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services that the White Haven Center will close in 2022. The decision affects 429 employees and 112 residents, who will be moved into community-based settings.

Toohil Applauds Wolf’s Creation of Child Advocate Position

Aug. 07, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) today commended Gov. Tom Wolf for signing an executive order last week that overhauls Pennsylvania’s protective services systems, including the creation of a child advocate position within state government.

Supporting Foster and Adopted Children in PA

Aug. 05, 2019 /

During the current legislative session in the House of Representatives, the House Children and Youth Committee, on which I serve as vice-chair, has made it a priority to focus on policy initiatives that improve Pennsylvania’s foster and adoption systems. I believe these children deserve nothing less.