Patrick Meehan

Patrick Meehan

PENNSYLVANIA's 7th DISTRICT

Lawmakers to Feds: Don’t Deny PA Kids Health Coverage

2015/01/29

Middle-class families face choice: buy new coverage, or pay Obamacare tax WASHINGTON, D.C – Congressman Pat Meehan (PA-7) and the entire House Republican delegation from Pennsylvania today warned that middle-class families would be harmed by the federal government’s ruling that a state children’s health program was not Obamacare-compliant. In a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the lawmakers objected to the agency’s determination that Pennsylvania’s Children’s Health Insurance “Buy-In” Program did not provide “minimum essential coverage” for enrolled middle-class kids. Identical coverage, offered through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) under Title XXI of the Social Security Act, is recognized as “minimum essential coverage” under the Affordable Care Act. CHIP is a federal-state partnership offering health coverage at no cost for children of families with incomes at 200 percent of the federal poverty line or less. The CHIP “Buy-In” program is a state add-on available to families with incomes at 300 percent of the federal poverty line. CMS’ decision means that these families will either be forced to buy new coverage, or pay a fine for violating the ACA’s individual mandate. “We have great concern that middle-class families who have in good faith purchased health insurance for their children will unfairly be forced to find other plans or pay a tax penalty,” Meehan and his colleagues wrote. “Families who participate in the Pennsylvania CHIP Buy-In Program believe that they have CHIP coverage and understandably expect that it meets ACA standards.  When those families look to the IRS website to determine their compliance with the individual mandate, they will read that ‘the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) … qualifies as minimum essential coverage.’” “These families have done the responsible thing: they purchased high quality and comprehensive health insurance for their children. It is unfair for CMS to now tell them their coverage is not ACA-compliant…It further deprives these families of the peace of mind they had purchased the Buy-In insurance for their children in the first place.” Meehan was joined by 12 of his Pennsylvania colleagues: Reps. Joseph Pitts (PA-16), Bill Shuster (PA-09), Mike Kelly (PA-3), Glenn Thompson (PA-5), Ryan Costello (PA-6), Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8), Tom Marino (PA-10), Lou Barletta (PA-11), Charlie Dent (PA-15), Keith Rothfus (PA-12), Scott Perry (PA-4) and Tim Murphy (PA-18).   The full text of the letter is below, and a signed PDF version is available here. January 29, 2015 Kevin Counihan, Director Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services United States Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue SW Washington, DC 20201   Dear Mr. Counihan: We are writing to seek an explanation regarding the denial of Pennsylvania’s application for its Children’s Health Insurance Program Buy-In Program to qualify as minimum essential coverage. We have great concern that middle-class families who have in good faith purchased health insurance for their children will unfairly be forced to find other plans or pay a tax penalty. Pennsylvania has been a national leader in the effort to ensure low-income children have access to quality, affordable health insurance. In 1992, Pennsylvania launched one of the first children’s health insurance programs in the country and it later served as the model for the official State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a federal-state partnership that operates under Title XXI of the Social Security Act. Authorized by federal law but administered by states, the partnership gives state governments the flexibility they need to meet the unique needs of their residents. In Pennsylvania, CHIP is available without cost sharing for children in families with incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL), and it is low cost to children in families between 200 and 300 percent FPL. Since 2006, families with incomes above 300 percent FPL have had the option to buy into the Pennsylvania CHIP program at the state’s negotiated rate, which averages $226 per child per month. The CHIP Buy-In Program is a state law established as part of the continuing initiative to reduce the number of uninsured children in Pennsylvania.  The Pennsylvania Insurance Department administers the CHIP and CHIP Buy-In Program together. Consistent with the federal CHIP statute, the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved Pennsylvania’s CHIP benefit package through state plan amendments, and it is periodically evaluated by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Importantly, the benefit packages for the federal CHIP program administered in Pennsylvania and the state CHIP Buy-In Program are identical, and administering the two programs together makes operational sense. Statewide outreach and enrollment efforts use the slogan “We Cover All Kids,” and enrollment materials indicate that there is no upper-bound income limit on eligibility for CHIP, only increased cost-sharing requirements.  As you are aware, the Affordable Care Act established a new requirement that all Americans purchase health insurance or pay a tax penalty. Per the IRS website, the individual mandate “requires you and each member of your family to have basic health insurance (also known as minimum essential coverage)” or qualify for an exemption. ACA specifically cited CHIP, however, as an example of coverage that meets minimum essential coverage standards.  In other words, families who enroll their children in CHIP have purchased ACA-compliant coverage and should not owe a penalty.  In a letter to the Pennsylvania Insurance Department dated December 11, 2014, CMS denied Pennsylvania’s application to have the CHIP Buy-In Program recognized as minimum essential coverage. Congress has consistently lauded Pennsylvania’s CHIP program and specifically recognized it as minimum essential coverage when operated under Title XXI of the Social Security Act, but CMS has now denied recognition to identical coverage offered as a matter of state law. This December 2014 action creates an important distinction between the two programs, one that parents and grandparents could not have anticipated when enrolling their children in health insurance coverage earlier that year.  Families who participate in the Pennsylvania CHIP Buy-In Program believe that they have CHIP coverage and understandably expect that it meets ACA standards.  When those families look to the IRS website to determine their compliance with the individual mandate, they will read that “the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) … qualifies as minimum essential coverage.” These families have done the responsible thing: they purchased high quality and comprehensive health insurance for their children. It is unfair for CMS to now tell them their coverage is not ACA-compliant, forcing them to find other coverage or pay ACA tax penalties to keep the CHIP Buy-In coverage they currently have. It further deprives these families of the peace of mind they had purchased the Buy-In insurance for their children in the first place. Given these considerations, we respectfully request your timely response to the following questions: For what reasons would CMS approve Pennsylvania’s CHIP benefit package when operated under Title XXI of the Social Security Act, but deny approval when the identical package is offered pursuant to state law? As families could not have known the CHIP Buy-In Program did not qualify as minimum essential coverage until December 2014, and thus cannot be considered to have acted in bad faith, what efforts will CMS and IRS make to grant those children a temporary hardship exemption?  Will those families be responsible for shared responsibility payments for months in which they had government-sponsored coverage they believed to be ACA-compliant? If CMS expects children enrolled in the CHIP Buy-In Program to transition to alternative coverage, what efforts will be made to establish a special enrollment period for current participants?  How will CMS minimize disruptions to coverage and access to care?  How do Exchange plans compare to Buy-In Program coverage with regards to affordability and network adequacy? We appreciate your prompt attention to these important questions. Read More

Meehan Bill Helps Vets Overcome Addiction, PTSD

2015/01/28

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Patrick Meehan (PA-07) today introduced the Servicemember Assistance for Lawful Understanding, Treatment and Education (SALUTE) Act. The legislation provides yearly federal funding for veterans’ treatment courts. Veterans’ treatment courts help veterans coping with addiction and other mental disorders receive specialized care when accused of certain non-violent crimes. “One in five veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan will experience a stress-related mental illness, and many others will fall victim to drug and alcohol abuse,” said Congressman Meehan. “We owe it to these veterans to ensure they get the care and treatment they earned for serving our nation. And we can help non-violent offenders struggling with addiction or other crises avoid becoming entrapped in the criminal justice system, keeping them from getting the care they need.” “More than 200 of these courts have been set up across the nation, and we’re already seeing remarkable success and lower recidivism rates,” Meehan said. “We’ve had success in securing federal funding for vets’ courts in recent years, through appropriations. But these programs still need formal authorization to create a permanent funding stream. The SALUTE Act gives the Justice Department important guidance on veterans’ treatment courts funding and will help make sure these programs are being implemented effectively.” Meehan’s legislation was co-sponsored today by a bipartisan group of seven additional lawmakers. He was joined by Reps. Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8), Ryan Costello (PA-6), Chaka Fattah (PA-2), Larry Buschon (IN-08), John Carney (DE-AL), Paul Tonko (NY-20), Barbara Comstock (VA-10) & Grace Napolitano (CA-32). “Our men and women in uniform put their lives on the line each and every day so we can stay safe,” said Congresswoman Barbara Comstock.  “It is incumbent on the nation to support those who sacrificed for us and that is what the SALUTE Act is all about.  Veterans’ Treatment Courts will help veterans who have faced challenges get back on their feet so they can thrive in society.” Today, active veterans’ courts operate in 19 Pennsylvania counties – the largest number in the country – including Chester, Montgomery, Delaware, Berks and Lancaster Counties. Meehan has long been an advocate for veterans’ courts, and led the effort to secure groundbreaking federal funding for the courts in 2012. In mid-2013, Meehan welcomed officials from the Chester County Veterans’ Courts program to testify on Capitol Hill before the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science on the effectiveness of the vets’ courts program. Read More

Reps. Meehan, Black Blast Healthcare.gov Data Sharing in Letter to HHS, Introduce Data Breach Legislation

2015/01/27

Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Patrick Meehan (R-PA-07) and Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) led a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner demanding information on the Obama Administration’s practice of sharing consumers’ private information through Healthcare.gov. You can read a copy of the letter here. Reps. Black and Meehan also introduced the Federal Exchange Data Breach Notification Act of 2015. This legislation would simply require the government to notify consumers if their personal information is breached on the Healthcare.gov exchanges. Currently there is no such requirement under federal law – despite similar standards being in place for the private sector and state-run exchanges.   Meehan and Black were among the first to raise concerns about the security of information gathered by HealthCare.Gov The Associated Press reported last week that numerous third-party vendors were given access to consumers’ personal data – including age, income, zip code, and smoking and pregnancy status – through Healthcare.gov. Rep. Black immediately responded to the report, citing “inherent security flaws” in the Healthcare.gov website and calling for data-breach notification legislation to protect users’ personal information when accessing the federal healthcare exchanges. Last Friday, the Obama Administration announced that it would “scale back” data sharing on Healthcare.gov, however it is still unclear what information will continue to be transmitted and what is done with information that was already collected. As Reps. Black and Meehan point out in their letter to HHS and CMS, the Obama Administration’s practice of disseminating users’ personal information directly contradicts Healthcare.gov’s own privacy policy which states, “No personally identifiable information is collected.” Reps. Black and Meehan released the following statements on their letter and newly introduced legislation: “It is unacceptable that security and privacy failures keep happening with Healthcare.gov,” said Congressman Patrick Meehan. “No American should have to fear their data will be exploited or compromised through HealthCare.gov. The data on the exchanges are among families’ most private, and the information should not be shared without a user’s consent. The legislation we have introduced today will ensure that the feds live up to their obligation to disclose data breaches on the federal exchange and come clean with consumers.” “I have warned for over a year now of security and privacy concerns under Healthcare.gov. Sadly, from the website’s hacking last summer, to these latest revelations of data-sharing without users’ knowledge or consent, the Obama Administration continues to show that our concerns are well-founded and that Americans’ personal information on this site remains at risk,” said Congressman Diane Black. “Americans deserve the highest standards of privacy and confidentiality when enrolling in health insurance, and they certainly shouldn’t be left holding the bag for this Administration’s failure to maintain a secure website. That is why my letter to the Administration demands answers on Healthcare.gov’s privacy and security standards and seeks information on what data was collected by Healthcare.gov, how long it was stored, and in what way it was secured.” Congressman Black added, “In light of the Obama Administration’s latest failing, I am proud to reintroduce the Federal Exchange Data Breach Notification Act of 2015. This commonsense legislation will simply require the government to notify affected consumers if their personal information is compromised on Healthcare.gov. It defies all logic that this basic requirement is not already law. I was pleased to carry this legislation in the last Congress and will fight once again for its passage so that Americans can take action to protect themselves in the event of an Obamacare security breach.”  Read More

Meehan, Boyle Seek Answers on Willow Grove Study Delay

2015/01/26

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressmen Patrick Meehan (R/PA-07) and Brendan Boyle (D/PA-13) today wrote Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus expressing concern over the delay of a Navy study stalling redevelopment of the former Willow Grove Naval Air Station in Horsham, Montgomery County. “We write to you today concerned about delays in the redevelopment of the former Willow Grove Naval Air Station,” wrote Reps. Meehan and Boyle. “A December 2012 Navy report estimated that this project will generate 10,000 jobs in Horsham Township. But for the past eight years, the township’s redevelopment plans have been stalled by long-delayed reviews and studies “ “The most recent delay in the development project is due to a Navy environmental impact statement that was originally slated for completion in early 2014….The Navy, however, has grossly missed its target date for the completion of the study,” the letter continued. “We respectfully request that the Navy fully complete its environmental impact statement as soon as possible. Immediate implementation of this project will bring jobs, economic opportunity and growth to residents of our Congressional districts. Importantly it will give township leaders and resident reassurance that, nearly a decade later, their goals for this property will be realized.” The full text of the letter is reproduced below, and a signed PDF version is available here.   January 26, 2015   The Hon. Ray Mabus Secretary of the Navy 100 Navy Pentagon Washington, DC 20350-1000   We write to you today concerned about delays in the redevelopment of the former Willow Grove Naval Air Station in Horsham Township, Montgomery County. The Horsham Land Redevelopment project calls for the construction of 1,486 residential units. New residents will enjoy a new office park, golf course, aviation museum, middle school and town center. A December 2012 Navy report estimated that this project will generate 10,000 jobs in Horsham Township. But for the past eight years, the township’s redevelopment plans have been stalled by long-delayed reviews and studies. The most recent delay in the development project is due to a Navy environmental impact statement that was originally slated for completion in early 2014. It is critical that we ensure the land’s redevelopment is completed safely. The Navy, however, has grossly missed its target date for the completion of the study. It is imperative that the Navy complete its review so the community can finally break ground on the redevelopment project.  We respectfully request that the Navy fully complete its environmental impact statement as soon as possible. Immediate implementation of this project will bring jobs, economic opportunity and growth to residents of our congressional districts. Importantly it will give township leaders and residents reassurance that, nearly a decade later, their goals for this property will be realized. Please inform us as to what can be done to expedite this process. Thank you for your attention to our request. Sincerely,   Patrick Meehan Member of Congress   Brendan Boyle Member of Congress ### Read More

Meehan Announces 2015 Service Academy Nominees

2015/01/22

SPRINGFIELD, PA – Congressman Patrick Meehan (PA-07) announced today the nomination of 27 area high school students for admission into one of the United States’ uniformed service academies. “These talented students have put in the hard work, time and commitment necessary to earn a service academy nomination,” Meehan said. “It is my pleasure to nominate these young men and women to our uniformed service academies. As a nation, we are blessed to have so many young people eager to serve. I wish them all the best of luck and success in their futures.” To assist in the nomination process, Rep. Meehan appointed local distinguished community members with a military background to a nonpartisan Academy Advisory Board. Nominees are selected based on factors such as academic achievements, leadership skills, extracurricular activities, physical aptitude, character and motivation. The nomination from Rep. Meehan does not guarantee admission to a service academy. The academies’ respective admissions boards decide who is offered appointment, and ultimately admitted. Some students were nominated to multiple academies based on their qualifications and desire to attend.   The Nominees to the U.S. Service Academies for 2015 are: United States Military Academy Nikolas Novakovic: St. Joseph’s Prep Kyle McElroy: Governor Mifflin High School Charles Arena: Malvern Preparatory School Thomas Rounds: Penncrest High School Kyle Bohn: Marple-Newtown High School John O’Malley: Hatboro Horsham High School Timothy Givens: Twin Valley High School Graceanna Werner: Kennett High School Sydnie Vickers: Sun Valley High School Hannah Shiflet: Kennett High School   United States Naval Academy Niall Gallagher: Valley Forge Military Academy Kyle McElroy: Governor Mifflin High School Cole Drahus: Twin Valley High School Sydney Hirokawa: Gwynedd Mercy Academy Jordan Packer: Radnor High School Cole Grove: Twin Valley High School Matt McCarriston: Solanco High School Justin Miller: Springfield High School Shuai Dong: Garnet Valley High School John O’Malley: Hatboro Horsham High School   United States Air Force Academy Cole Grove: Twin Valley High School Mark McVeigh: Marple Newtown High School Matt McCarriston: Solanco High School Kathryn Hughes: Unionville High School John O’Malley: Hatboro Horsham High School Graceanna Werner: Kennett High School Sydnie Vickers: Sun Valley High School Dylan Lee: Garnet Valley High School Reuben Daniel: Marple Newtown High School   United States Merchant Marine Academy Graceanna Werner: Kennett High School Shuai Dong: Garnet Valley High School Brendan Kelly: Monsignor Bonner High School James Cannell: Germantown Academy Christopher Beebe: Twin Valley High School   Niall Gallagher: Valley Forge Military Academy Jeffrey Franz: The Salesianum School Alex Brady: Monsignor Bonner High School        Read More

Meehan, King: U.S. Needs “Comprehensive Strategy” to Address Boko Haram

2015/01/14

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Patrick Meehan (PA-07) and Rep. Peter King (NY-02) this week wrote Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel urging the United States government to adopt a comprehensive strategy to address the rise of West African terrorist group Boko Haram. “We write to you today with grave concerns about the escalation in violence by Boko Haram, the Islamic extremist group active in West Africa and an officially designated foreign terrorist organization,” Meehan and King wrote. “As you know, Boko Haram has become increasingly aggressive and lethal in recent months.” “Boko Haram earned global headlines last year when it abducted some 200 young Nigerian women. Its campaign of terror has continued since. Reports indicate that the group was responsible last week for the massacre of some 2,000 innocent civilians in several villages in northern Nigeria. Most recently, Boko Haram is apparently responsible for a suicide bombing in northeast Nigeria that utilized 10-year old girls as the bombers.” “It is clear that the United States needs a comprehensive strategy to address Boko Haram’s growing lethality,” Meehan and King wrote. In the 112th Congress, King, the Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and Meehan, Chairman of the Counterterrorism and Intelligence Subcommittee, held the first-ever hearing on the threat posed by Boko Haram. The committee’s work resulted in the publication of "Boko Haram - Emerging Threat to the U.S. Homeland", a bipartisan report that detailed the group’s rise and the danger it poses. Meehan and King repeatedly urged the State Department to designate Boko Haram a Foreign Terrorist Organization. The full text of the letter to Sec. Hagel is available below, and a PDF version of both letters are available here and here:   January 13, 2015 The Hon. Chuck Hagel Secretary of Defense U.S. Department of Defense The Pentagon Washington, DC 20301-1300 Dear Secretary Hagel, We write to you today with grave concern about the escalation in violence by Boko Haram, the Islamic extremist group active in West Africa and an officially designated foreign terrorist organization. As you know, Boko Haram has become increasingly aggressive and lethal in recent months. Boko Haram earned global headlines last year when it abducted some 200 young Nigerian women. Its campaign of terror has continued since. Reports indicate that the group was responsible last week for the massacre of some 2,000 innocent civilians in several villages in northern Nigeria. Most recently, Boko Haram is apparently responsible for a suicide bombing in northeast Nigeria that utilized 10-year old girls as the bombers It is clear that the United States needs a comprehensive strategy to address Boko Haram’s growing lethality. In light of this, we seek answers to the following questions: What is the United States’ strategy to address Boko Haram, and how would you characterize the effectiveness of this strategy in light of Boko Haram’s growing capabilities and effectiveness in West Africa? According to multiple public reports, the United States military has sent military and security advisors to aid the Nigerian government in combating Boko Haram. What progress have these advisors made in making Nigeria’s antiterrorism forces more effective, and do you believe that the resources we’ve dedicated to aiding Nigeria are sufficient? What additional resources or authorities do you require to address this threat? Thus far it appears Boko Haram has hardly been affected by the presence of US advisors assisting the Nigerian government in their fight. When do you expect to see results for our efforts to assist our allies in destroying Boko Haram? Thank you for your attention to this matter. We trust you fully recognize the threat to US interests this network poses. Boko Haram has been committing some of the most destructive and savage terrorist attacks of the last five years and appears to have only grown in their sophistication and effectiveness. It is our hope that working with our regional partners to address this threat will prevent Boko Haram from killing more innocent people and further threatening the United States Homeland.                                                                   Sincerely,               Patrick Meehan                                                            Peter King             Member of Congress                                                   Member of Congress Cc: Secretary of State Kerry  Read More

President’s Visit to Cyber War Room Highlights Need for Stronger Cyber Defenses

2015/01/13

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Patrick Meehan (PA-07) today issued the following statement after President Obama’s visit to the National Cybersecurity Communications and Integration Center (NCCIC), the federal government’s clearinghouse for cybersecurity information and incident response. The NCCIC was authorized by legislation authored by Meehan and House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) in the 113th Congress. “The NCCIC is ground-zero for our effort to combat cyberattack, hacking and cyberespionage,” said Congressman Meehan, who chaired the Cybersecurity Subcommittee last year. “That’s why we made it a centerpiece of the groundbreaking cyber legislation passed by Congress and signed into law last year. This legislation was an important step forward in modernizing and strengthening our cyber defenses, but the President is right that more must be done, both by Congress and by the administration, to harden our critical infrastructure against cyberattack.” “Last year’s bipartisan, collaborative effort to enact cyber legislation should be a roadmap for further attempts to improve our cybersecurity this Congress,” Meehan said. “I’m looking forward to continuing the work on this topic and I’m pleased that the President has chosen to put this issue front-and-center on his agenda this year.” Read More

Meehan: Focus on Student Data Privacy “Long Overdue”

2015/01/12

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Patrick Meehan (PA-07) today issued the following statement after President Obama unveiled an initiative to protect the privacy of confidential personal information collected from primary and secondary school students: “Tremendous amounts of personal data about our children are being collected at schools every day,” said Meehan. “Students’ academic records, medical history, homework assignments and web browsing habits are tracked and monitored. This information has the potential to revolutionize the educational experience and improve schools’ ability to educate students. But along with these opportunities come serious questions: who has access to this data, how secure is it, and how can we balance improved educational outcomes against a respect for student privacy?” “Focus on this issue, important to so many parents, is long overdue, and I’m pleased President Obama made it a priority in his address today. I look forward to hearing more details about his proposals in his State of the Union next week.” Meehan, the Chairman of the Cybersecurity Subcommittee in the 113th Congress, held a hearing on the privacy of student data. Witnesses included experts in education and privacy policy. “Educational software and cloud systems are important tools for our teachers and students today,” Meehan said at the time. “But parents have real concerns over how information these tools gather may be used, and that attendance records, learning abilities, locations, web histories and other personally identifiable information may be mined, shared and sold for profit.”  Read More

Meehan Begins Third Term in Congress

2015/01/07

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Meehan, Lawmakers Tout Bipartisan Effort to Save Delaware Valley Jobs

2015/01/05

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Patrick Meehan represents Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District in the United States Congress.

Currently serving his second term in Congress, Meehan serves on the Oversight and Government Reform, Homeland Security, Transportation and Infrastructure, and House Ethics Committees. As a member of the Homeland Security Committee, Congressman Meehan was appointed Chairman of the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies.

Prior to his election to the United States Congress, Meehan earned an impressive record as one of the Philadelphia area’s most respected prosecutors. Appointed by the President, Meehan served as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, a position that made him the top federal prosecutor in a district that spanned nine counties with a population of over five million residents.

Sworn in just six days after the September 11, 2001 attacks, Meehan immediately went to work combating the threat of terrorism. He set up an Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council to coordinate the region’s response to the attacks. The ATAC quickly became a national model for coordination among law enforcement agencies and ensured that critical information and intelligence on terrorist threats was disseminated to the appropriate federal, state and local law enforcement personnel.

While U.S. Attorney, Meehan took on nursing homes neglecting seniors, drug companies defrauding customers and pioneered innovative new strategies to combat domestic violence. Meehan also prosecuted cases under Operation Stolen Valor, an initiative that took in individuals who falsely claimed to have won military awards and decorations. He was appointed by the Attorney General to sit on the Corporate Fraud Task Force and prosecuted government contractors overcharging taxpayers.

During his tenure, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia became a national leader in prosecuting corrupt government officials. Meehan helped to put behind bars some of the biggest names in Philadelphia’s corrupt pay-to-play political culture, including former Philadelphia Treasurer Corey Kemp, Councilman Rick Mariano, and State Senator Vincent Fumo. Meehan earned praise from both sides of the aisle for his integrity and his commitment to rooting out political corruption.

Prior to his appointment as United States Attorney, Meehan served as the District Attorney of Delaware County. As D.A., he successfully prosecuted several high-profile cases, including the murder trial of millionaire John DuPont and the trial of the murderer of local college student Aimee Willard. Meehan formed the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, a working group dedicated to protecting children from online predators.

A native of Cheltenham, Montgomery County, Meehan is a graduate of Bowdoin College and the Temple University School of Law. Prior to entering public service, Congressman Meehan spent two years as a referee in the National Hockey League. Meehan, his wife Carolyn, and their three sons live in Drexel Hill, Delaware County.


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