Dan Frankel http://wesa.fm en 2 PA Lawmakers Criticize UPMC for Opposition Campaign http://wesa.fm/post/2-pa-lawmakers-criticize-upmc-opposition-campaign <p>A week before the Pennsylvania House Health Committee holds a hearing on legislation to force all not-for-profit health care insurers and care providers to open their services to all insurance holders, not just their own, UPMC launched a campaign to defeat the measures.</p><p>Mailers were sent to at least three legislative districts in western Pennsylvania and robocalls were received across the state asking recipients to urge their lawmakers to reject the legislation.</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 03:23:52 +0000 Kevin Gavin 21076 at http://wesa.fm Bills Forcing Highmark and UPMC to Open Networks Introduced http://wesa.fm/post/bills-forcing-highmark-and-upmc-open-networks-introduced <p>Confusion continues to swirl around the coming split of Highmark and UPMC, and a pair of western Pennsylvania state representatives is hoping to calm the fears of many in the region.</p><p>Reps. Jim Christiana (R-Beaver) and Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) this week introduced a pair of bills (HB 1621 and HB 1622) that would force all not-for-profit health care insurers and health care providers to open their services to all insurance holders, not just their own.</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 17:56:36 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 17584 at http://wesa.fm Ending LGBT Discrimination in Pennsylvania http://wesa.fm/post/ending-lgbt-discrimination-pennsylvania <p class="p1">Although protections exist in Pittsburgh and in Allegheny County, there is currently no comprehensive protection against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression throughout Pennsylvania. Democratic State Representative Dan Frankel aims to provide that protection to LGBT individuals at the state level. Frankel has authored a bipartisan bill with a record number of cosponsors to amend Pennsylvania’s Human Relations Act.</p><p class="p1">According to Frankel, there needs to be a uniform statute to provide protections across the commonwealth.</p><p class="p1">“It’s the last vestige of legalized discrimination that Pennsylvania still embraces,” says Frankel. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 18:39:13 +0000 Reid Carter 15212 at http://wesa.fm Ending LGBT Discrimination in Pennsylvania New Bill Encourages Pennsylvania Companies to Divest from Iran http://wesa.fm/post/new-bill-encourages-pennsylvania-companies-divest-iran <p>Under a new state bill, any Pennsylvania company contracted by the state that’s also investing in Iranian energy would be forced to make a choice.</p><p>Rep. Dan Frankel’s (D-Allegheny) legislation, which passed the state House Tuesday, would bar any company that invests more than $20 million in Iran’s energy sector from entering into a state contract worth more than $1 million through the Department of General Services (DGS).</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 20:14:06 +0000 Jared Adkins 7748 at http://wesa.fm Closing Pennsylvania's Gun Loophole http://wesa.fm/post/closing-pennsylvanias-gun-loophole <p>As talks about gun legislation continue in the U.S. Senate, groups have <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/state/at-pennsylvania-capitol-groups-calling-to-close-loophole-in-gun-laws-682896/">descended</a> on the state capitol in Harrisburg urging legislators to close a loophole in Pennsylvania's gun laws. State Reps. <a href="http://www.pahouse.com/santarsiero"><strong>Steve Santarsiero</strong></a> and <a href="http://www.pahouse.com/frankel/"><strong>Dan Frankel</strong></a> join us to talk about balancing Second Amendment rights with public safety. Fri, 12 Apr 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 7710 at http://wesa.fm Closing Pennsylvania's Gun Loophole