Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine kicked off a publicity tour for a medicine that can save lives on Friday with an appearance at Esterbrook Pharmacy in West Reading. Levine highlighted a standing order she signed last year that essentially serves as a prescription for all Pennsylvanians for naloxone, which can reverse the effects of […]

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Harrisburg, PA Leaders of organizations across Pennsylvania that distribute public money for drug treatment have endorsed a call by state Sen. Judy Schwank for a study of the cost, effectiveness and availability of drug treatment. Michele Denk, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of County Drug and Alcohol Administrators, said administrators of the organizations voted […]

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Voters could have a chance in the next few years to decide if they want to employ fewer state lawmakers. The state Senate has approved a bill to reduce the number of seats in the state House of Representatives from 203 to 151. The Senate passed the bill with a 43-6 vote Wednesday. The bill […]

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Gov. Tom Wolf hasn’t traveled the smoothest path in his first year in Harrisburg. One look at the state budget impasse makes it all too clear that he’s faced a rocky road. The York Democrat has locked horns with a Republican-led Legislature diametrically opposed to his vision for the commonwealth. But is it really as […]

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HARRISBURG – Visiting the Pennsylvania Farm Show is a tradition for State Sen. Judy Schwank. She’ll run into Berks County farmers and constituents, and catch up with people up and down the East Coast whom she’s met throughout the years. Schwank, a Ruscombmanor Township Democrat and minority chair of the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs […]

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Harrisburg, Pa. — A push by state Sen. Judy Schwank to bring about a formal state government study of the cost, effectiveness and availability of drug treatment appears to be gathering steam. Schwank said 24 senators have signed a co-sponsorship memorandum – often a predecessor to a formal legislative bill – that outlines her call […]

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The Berks County-rooted effort to bring industrial hemp farming to Pennsylvania is now primmed for consideration by the state Senate. The bill cleared an early hurdle Tuesday, winning unanimous approval from the chamber’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee. “This is a big first step for us,” said state Sen. Judy Schwank, a Ruscombmanor Township Democrat […]

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More unites us than divides us. And, when someone disagrees with us, they don’t necessarily disagree with us on all levels. It is for that reason the Berks County Community Foundation on Wednesday announced it has joined with political and community leaders to launch a new program designed to promote intelligent discussion of divisive local […]

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An emergency room visit led to open-heart surgery in New York earlier this year, leaving him with a stack of medical bills, including a $32,000 surgeon fee he wasn’t sure how he was going to pay. But then he discovered a recently enacted New York law that restricts out-of-network providers from “balance billing” consumers for […]

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Students at Reading’s Glenside Elementary School got a treat for their mind and one for their bellies Friday. State Sen. Judy Schwank, Dairy Queen and the United Way of Berks County joined forces to give away free ice cream and books to students at the school. The effort is part of the school’s “Ready. Set. […]

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