Markosek introduces bill to give more veterans access to state programs

HARRISBURG, June 30 – State Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny, has authored a bill to ensure those who fought on behalf of the commonwealth and the country can take advantage of state programs that their disability benefits may push them out of.

“During these challenging times when inflation is driving up prices,” Markosek said, “I feel it is our responsibility to do all we can to care for our veterans, who have bravely put their lives on the line to defend our nation and our freedom.”

Currently a veteran's disability benefits are considered income for several state senior citizen programs. Markosek's bill would exempt those disability benefits from being counted as income for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, the PACE/PACENET pharmaceutical drug assistance program funded by lottery proceeds, and the reduced vehicle registration fee program.

Nearly 800,000 veterans live in Pennsylvania, and approximately 300,000 of them served during wartime. Additionally, three-quarters of veterans living in the state are older than 55.

The bill (H.B. 2708) has been referred to the Pennsylvania House Finance Committee for review.