Ciresi introduces bill to exempt at-home medical tests from sales tax

ROYERSFORD, April 13 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, today announced the introduction of legislation that would exempt at-home medical test kits from the sales tax in Pennsylvania.

Diagnostic testing materials are currently subject to sales tax in the state. According to Ciresi, this creates additional barriers to diagnosis. His H.B. 875 would exempt at-home medical test kits from the state’s sales tax, including at-home pregnancy tests, COVID-19 tests, and all other test kits and equipment used for the diagnosis, treatment or monitoring of diseases or medical conditions.

“It is our responsibility to provide Pennsylvanians with as many tools as possible to live long, happy lives, and exempting at-home medical tests from the sales tax is one more tool we can provide,” Ciresi said. “This would enable more of us to protect our own and others' health while remaining in the comfort of our own homes.”

During COVID-19, at-home testing kits became more available, allowing residents showing symptoms of the virus to remain home and keep others safe. Ciresi said these tests are vital to public health and should not be taxed when Pennsylvanians are trying to keep themselves and others healthy.