I want to wish you all a Happy Passover and a Happy Easter weekend! During this time of uncertainty and social distance from friends and family, the holidays will undoubtedly be a little different. But I hope we can all find new ways to connect, celebrate, and find comfort.
Please note than my office will be closed tomorrow, April 10 for Good Friday. My staff and I will return to work on Monday to continue addressing your questions and concerns.
Below, you can find information on health insurance, homemade masks, mental health resources, and more. If you have questions or concerns during this difficult time, please reach out to my office. We are here to help in any way we can.
And don’t forget to visit our website’s COVID resource page at www.senatorcollett.com/coronavirus for all the latest information on unemployment claims, business resources, how and where to get tested, and more. We also try to keep you current on our social media channels if you aren’t following us yet.
Wash your hands, stay home, and stay well.
Senator Maria Collett
12th Senatorial District
School Closures Extended
Today, Governor Wolf announced that all K-12 schools, public and private, will remain closed through the rest of the academic year. This also incudes Pre-K Counts, Head Start programs, and Preschool Early Intervention programs.
The governor made this difficult decision in consultation with Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine and Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera to protect the health of our students, school employees, and families. School Districts may continue remote teaching and distribution of free meals.
As a mother of an 8-year-old, I know how hard this is for our kids – and for the parents and family members who support them. For the class of 2020: I’m truly sorry that you will miss out on the final few months of your high school or college career and many of the special traditions that come with them. It’s okay to grieve that loss. Know that this decision does not take away from your accomplishments, of which you should be very proud.
Health Insurance Help
During this uncertain and unprecedented time, many members of our community are out of work and, because many have job-based health insurance, have lost their coverage. If you are in need help getting covered, there are several options available to you:
- ACA (Affordable Care Act): If you have lost your employer-tied insurance, you may be eligible for the federal ACA marketplace. Learn more at healthcare.gov.
- CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program): CHIP provides health insurance to uninsured children and teens who are not eligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance. Click here to learn more and apply.
- Medicaid: Adults who meet income requirements can apply for Medicaid through PA’s COMPASS system.
PCCY’s ChildHelpLine is available to assist you in applying for CHIP or Medicaid for yourself or your children. You can reach them at 215-563-5848 x17. Click here for assistance in other languages.
My staff and I are here to help you navigate these programs as well. Please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 215-368-1429 for assistance.
Last week, Governor Wolf released new guidance encouraging all of us to use homemade masks when we go to get groceries, to the pharmacy, or anywhere else we may interact with others. Though cloth masks will not provide guaranteed protection from the virus, they can help reduce the possibility that we will infect those around us. As Secretary Levine says, your mask protects me, and my mask protects you.
Learn how to sew your own, or use a bandana or t-shirt to create a no-sew option.
For those of you who have been sewing masks for members of our community, thank you. Your generosity is helping to keep all of us safe. If you are unsure where to donate masks, see the graphic below for local senior centers, healthcare facilities, and organizations that are currently accepting them. I would encourage you to give them a call before dropping off your donation.
Drive-Thru Testing in Montco to Relocate
The drive-thru testing site at Temple Ambler will close today, April 9, instead of tomorrow due to extensive storm damage. Thanks to the leadership of our federal representatives, federal funding will now continue for mass testing through May 30. The Montco drive-thru testing site will relocate to Montgomery County Community College and is expected to open next Wednesday, April 15. Once open, appointments can be made on the Montgomery County website.
To find other testing site near you, take a look at the Department of Health’s Testing Site Map .
Mental Health Resources
The news about coronavirus can be overwhelming. Many Pennsylvanians are struggling with financial uncertainty, social isolation, and other stressors. Anxiety, fear, and uncertainty are all normal, but it’s important to take care of our mental health in addition to our physical health. There is no shame in getting help.
The Department of Human Services (DHS) has established a 24/7 statewide Support & Referral Helpline to assist Pennsylvanians with mental illness, intellectual disabilities, co-occurring disorders and other special needs. Call them at 1-855-284-2494. For TTY, dial 724-631-5600.
For additional local assistance:
Additional COVID-19 Resources
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Offices of State Senator Maria Collett
All offices are temporarily closed to visitors due to COVID-19.
|North Wales Office
Gwynedd Corporate Center
1180 Welsh Road |
North Wales, PA 19454
1410 W. Street Road
Warminster, PA 18974
183 Capitol Building
Senate Box 203012
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3012