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Legislature needs ‘guts to stand up to’ rivals UPMC, Highmark

Dan Frankel, issued a statement Wednesday afternoon similarly critical of UPMC’s newly announced prepay rule for out-of-network patients with Highmark Medicare Advantage plans. “Scaring seniors into thinking they can’t get medical care unless they get on board with what a ‘health care system’ wants doesn’t convince me that this conflict is about health, or caring…

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At Downtown rally, lawmakers urge support for amendments targeting sex abusers

“Time is short for us to bring justice long overdue,” said state Rep. Dan Miller, D-Mt. Lebanon, who appeared with other lawmakers and advocates for a midday rally at the City-County Building. Predators who targeted vulnerable children “can’t hide from justice because you preyed on the young,” he said. Officials including Sen. Wayne Fontana, D-Brookline;…

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Allegheny County representatives call for statewide indoor smoking ban for workplaces

State Rep. Dan Frankel has been pushing to remove exemptions from the Clean Indoor Air Act. This would effectively ban smoking inside in workplaces. Frankel said that ending exemptions is about fairness for employees and patrons. “If you work in most businesses in Pennsylvania, your lungs are protected,” said Frankel. “But if your job is one…

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Advocates, officials push for vote on PA domestic violence gun bill

Advocates, lawmakers and law enforcement officers joined together across the state Thursday to support changes in state law that would require some domestic violence offenders to surrender their guns to law enforcement more quickly than required by current law. Mr. Frankel said if the bill is passed in the House, it has a good chance…

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‘It’s a black hole’ Dem leader says of Daryl Metcalfe’s committee

Fed up with Metcalfe’s “Red Skull of Steelers Country” act, Democrats moved last week to reintroduce more than 80 bills that Metcalfe bottled up in his committee this year. The trapped bills include a redistricting reform measure (more on that in a minute) and legislation that would ban housing, employment and public accommodation discrimination against…

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Barring discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression

The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act currently doesn’t protect the LGBT community from discrimination. To change that, state Rep. Dan Frankel recently re-introduced legislation, House Bill 300, to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

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Leaving an Imprint on History with Rep. Dan Frankel

When he’s not busy representing Pittsburgh’s East End in the state House of Representatives, Rep. Dan Frankel enjoys pleasure-reads about the political process. To him, it never feels like work. Speaking volumes audio interview.

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