Saturday, June 20, 2015

The LuLac Edition #2957, June 20th, 2015



In 2000, Trump was among five candidates listed on the Reform Party primary ballot in California. He had filed papers the previous autumn to become a member of that party and one of its presidential candidates. Although he had withdrawn from the race months earlier and did not campaign for the primary in California, he received 15,311 votes in the June event, 44 percent of the totalvote.
The three children from his first marriage Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric are now in their 30s and involved in the Trump Organization businesses. Their parents, Donald Sr. and Ivana, were married from 1977 to 1991 but appeared in Pizza Hut ads together after their separation — joking about how they would split up the pie. When Donald met Ivana, he tried to be very persuasive extolling his wealth and talent. In turn she tried to convince him that she was the most beautiful Princess in the land. They reportedly told each other, 
 “You had me at the hair”.


This might be the week the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a case involving the Affordable Care Act. A ruling against the law in this consequential case would create chaos for millions of Americans, including 349,000 Pennsylvanians who are currently receiving subsidies to lower the cost of their health insurance. While Court decisions are expected on Monday, June 22nd, Thursday, June 25th, and Monday, June 29th, more days could be added to the calendar.
As of March 2015, 427,454 Pennsylvanians were enrolled in private health insurance plans purchased through 348,823 or 82% of all enrollees are receiving tax credits that reduce their monthly premiums by an average of $227 per enrollee.
The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that 498,000 Pennsylvanians are eligible for the law’s tax credits, based on having an income between 138 and 400% of the federal poverty level (FPL). After two years of open enrollment, 70% of Pennsylvanians who are eligible for tax credits have enrolled.
If the Supreme Court takes away tax credits in states that use, Pennsylvania will lose $79,182,821 in federal subsidies (tax credits) each month nearly $1 billion annually. This would deal a devastating blow to those enrolled, who will face a 177% increase (on average) in their monthly premiums.National studies estimate that a ruling against the Affordable Care Act in King v. Burwell would increase the number of uninsured Americans in the 34 states using by 8.2 million people.
Governor Tom Wolf has received "conditional approval" from the federal government to establish a supported state-based marketplace in the event of a negative ruling; however, funding for this "contingency plan" would need to be appropriated in this budget cycle. The administration has noted that, because an assessment on insurers selling plans through is already in place (along with the technology that the state could lease, rather than replicate), Pennsylvania could establish a state-based marketplace without any additional cost to taxpayers


Congressman Matt Cartwright. (Photo: LuLac archives).
U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that representatives from his Scranton district office will host various senior constituent service seminars throughout Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties.
The seminars will provide seniors with the opportunity to learn about various seniors programs such as Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Medicare. Seniors will also have the opportunity to speak with Constituent Service Representatives from Rep. Cartwright’s office.
The seminars are open to the public and it is free to attend, for questions please call 570-341-1050.
June 22, 2015
12:15 – 1:15 pm
Jewish Community Center
601 Jefferson Avenue
Scranton PA, 18510
June 24, 2015
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Downtown Senior Center
305 Penn Avenue
Scranton PA, 18509
July 8, 2015
11:15 am – 12:15 pm
West Side Senior Center
1004 Jackson Street
Scranton PA, 18504
July 10, 2015
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Plains Senior Center
50 2nd Street
Wilkes-Barre PA, 18702
July 16, 2015
10:00 – 11:00 am
Carbondale Senior Center
66 North Church Street
Carbondale PA, 18407
July 20, 2015
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mid Valley Senior Center
310 Church Street
Jessup PA, 18434
July 29, 2015
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Dunmore Senior Center
1414 Monroe Avenue B
Scranton PA, 18509
August 12, 2015
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Pittston Senior Center
441 North Main Street
Pittston PA, 18640


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