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FTC, Partners to Promote Education During 17th Annual National Consumer Protection Week March 1-7

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 5:31pm
The Federal Trade Commission and 89 partners including nonprofit groups, businesses, and federal, state and local government agencies across the country will spotlight their efforts to protect consumers by educating people about fraud during the 17th annual National Consumer Protection Week March 1-7, 2015.

PUC Reminds Consumers to Prepare for Cold Weather; Conserve Energy to Reduce Consumption

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 1:10pm
With frigid temperatures and extreme wind chills continuing in much of the state in the upcoming days, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission reminds consumers to prepare for the cold weather by reviewing conservation and safe heating tips.

Governor Wolf Proposes Education Reinvestment Plan Featuring Natural Gas Severance Tax

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:46pm
Governor Tom Wolf has proposed an education reinvestment plan featuring a severance tax on natural gas extraction as part of his solution to properly fund public education in the commonwealth.

Governor Wolf's Launch of Medicaid Expansion in Pennsylvania, Explained in 60 Seconds.

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 5:00pm
This video from Governor Tom Wolf explains the change in how Medicaid Expansion will work in Pennsylvania in 60 seconds.

Pennsylvania Receives $24.3 Million Early Head Start Child Care Partnership Award

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 4:20pm
The PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning will receive a $24.3 million grant to serve low-income, at-risk children and their families from the Federal Administration for Children and Families.

As Frigid Temperatures Continue, PUC Urges 16,601 Customers Without Heat-Related Utility Service to Act Now

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 3:55pm
With much of Pennsylvania experiencing frigid temperatures, the Public Utility Commission reminded the 16,601 consumers without use of a central heating system or using a potentially unsafe heating source in their homes to call about programs to help restore natural gas or electric service.

Social Security Announces New Online Service for Replacement SSA-1099s

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 4:48pm
Social Security has announced that beneficiaries are now able to quickly and easily obtain a replacement SSA-1099 from the agency’s website with a my Social Security account.

Social Security to Expand Field Office Hours Nationwide

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 7:15pm
Social Security has announced that the agency will expand its hours nationwide and offices will be open to the public for an additional hour on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, effective March 16, 2015.

Attorney General Kane Warns of Winter Storm Scams

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 2:39pm
As Pennsylvanians tackle major snowstorms in the days ahead, Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane cautioned consumers to be on the lookout for weather-related scams.

Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week To Raise Consumer Awareness of Growing Scams

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 7:08pm
The FTC, along with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, the AARP, and other partners are holding a series of events this week designed to educate consumers about Tax-related identity theft as part of Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, which runs through Jan. 30.

SeniorLAW Center Launches New Services for Senior Veterans 60 and Older to Fight Elder Abuse and Protect Veterans’ Rights

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 1:36pm
With support of the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency, SeniorLAW Center has launched an innovative, critically-needed new program to provide free legal services to protect the rights of senior veterans.

IRS Starts 2015 Tax Season; Free File Available & Expanded Online Services Enable People to Learn About New Health Care Provisions

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 8:15pm
The Internal Revenue Service announced the on-time opening of the nation’s 2015 filing season and highlighted a growing array of online services, including features that help taxpayers understand how the Affordable Care Act will affect them at tax time.

FTC To Host Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week Jan. 26-30

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 8:15pm
The Federal Trade Commission will conduct a week of events Jan. 26-30 to raise consumer awareness about the threat posed by tax identity theft, a scam that puts thousands of consumers at risk every year.

Consumer Advisory: Winter is here; Watch out for scams and energy costs

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 8:15pm
With the arrival of Pennsylvania's first significant snowfall of the season and the bitterly cold temperatures that followed, Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane offers advice about common consumer problems during cold weather.

FTC Approves Changes to Cooling-Off Rule

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 8:15pm
The Federal Trade Commission has approved a final amendment to its Cooling-Off Rule that increases the exclusionary limit for certain “door-to-door” sales. The Cooling-Off Rule requires sellers to provide consumers with disclosures regarding their right to cancel the sales contract within three business days of the transaction.

PUC Reminds Consumers to Prepare for Cold Weather; Review Conservation and Safe Heating Tips

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 8:15pm
With frigid temperatures forecast for many areas of the state this week, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission reminds consumers to prepare for the cold weather by reviewing conservation and safe heating tips.

PUC Urges Consumers: Call Now to Restore Utility Service

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 8:15pm
The PA Public Utility Commission encourages consumers without utility service to obtain information about programs available to help them restore and maintain utility service. Consumers with a seriously ill resident in the household or a protection from abuse order may have additional options for service restoration.

Healthy Pennsylvania Enrollment Opens for Affordable Health Insurance

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 8:15pm
Healthy PA will provide low-income Pennsylvanians with the opportunity to purchase private health insurance at affordable rates through a network of eight private insurers, offering three or more health insurance plan options per region. Coverage will begin Jan. 1, 2015.

Department of Health Offers Resources to Help Smokers Quit During 39th Great American Smokeout

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 8:15pm
Department of Health reminds smokers that there are resources available to help them quit and urges all smokers to use the 39th Great American Smokeout as the day they choose to quit smoking and take an important step towards a healthier life.

Department of Public Welfare and Pennsylvania’s Statewide Adoption Permanency Network Recognized with Adoption Award

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 8:15pm
Pennsylvania’s Statewide Adoption Permanency Network (SWAN) has received a 2014 Adoption Excellence Award for its innovative #MeetTheKids campaign featuring Pennsylvania children talking about why they want to be adopted.