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Moving Democracy into the 21st Century with Online Voter Registration, Apps & More

Online Voter Registration Register to Vote Online Last week, Governor Wolf and Secretary of State Cortés made a historic announcement: Pennsylvania is now offering online voter registration. This is an important step to move our democracy into the 21st century. With increased access, more Pennsylvanians can register to vote and make their voices heard. In just the first day of online voter registration, more than 1000 applications were submitted. If you or someone you know would like to register to vote online, you can do so at Please note that the last day to register to vote for the November 3rd election is October 5th.

Online voter registration isn’t the only new technology to increase engagement in our commonwealth this month. Did you know that you can now check the status of construction projects and plans in your community through PennDOT’s website? On you will find maps and explanations of current projects, improvements underway or in development from Act 89 and projects included in the Department’s 4 and 12-year plans. This is a great new resource to stay informed about roadwork in the area.

Our state has also developed apps to help citizens stay informed and up-to-date. Pennsylvania Emergency Preparedness Agency (PEMA) recently unveiled an app called ReadyPA that allows Pennsylvanians to access emergency alerts and guides, and create emergency preparedness kits and checklists. The app can be found on iTunes and Google Play.

Health Insurance Expands in PA

CHIP CHIP On Tuesday, Governor Wolf completed the expansion of Medicaid into a single benefits package that broadens income eligibility to include hundreds of thousands of additional individuals. You can visit to view the new Medicaid and CHIP income eligibility guidelines.

As a part of meeting Affordable Care Act standards, CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) coverage will be expanded in Pennsylvania. Beginning December 1st, CHIP coverage will include:

  • No annual and lifetime dollar limitations for specific services classified as essential health benefits, including durable medical equipment, vision services and dental/orthodontic services;
  • Preventative care coverage with no cost-sharing;
  • Coverage of prescribed over-the-counter medications and supplements;
  • Parity between mental health and substance abuse coverage, and between medical and surgical benefits

If you would like to find out if you qualify for coverage under Medicaid, or your child may qualify for CHIP, stop by one of my district offices and a staff member will be happy to assist you.

Dare to care,

Art Haywood
State Senator
4th District

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In the News

Event notes voting rights act anniversary – The Philadelphia Tribune

August 12, 2015 – State Sen. Art Haywood (D-4) and several other partners called attention to the importance of voting rights and citizen engagement at a press conference commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, on Aug. 6.  

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Verizon workers rally for contract – The Times Herald

August 7, 2015 – Their message was clear: The Communication Workers of America want Verizon to commit to a new, fair contract. On the steps of the Montgomery County Court House on Friday, donning red shirts, members of the local Communications Workers of America and representatives of other unions stood with state senators and representatives demanding that Verizon come to the table with what, in their view, would be reasonable contract proposals.

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Philly marks 50th anniversary of Voting Rights Act – The Philadelphia Tribune

August 7, 2015 – Mayor Michael Nutter and others celebrated the 50th anniversary of the signing of the federal Voting Rights Act in the mayor’s reception room with a proclamation. He noted voting rights were being challenged in several states with restrictive voter registration laws and in many communities voter turn-out remains at an all-time low.

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As Voting Rights Act turns 50, call for ‘universal, automatic’ registration system rings out [audio] – Newsworks

August 6, 2015 – Moments after the bell struck 11 a.m. in Independence Hall’s clock tower, a group of elected and civic leaders lauded the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act passage, but conceded that registration challenges still linger today.

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