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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: May 26, 2015 02:02 PM
From: Representative Thomas P. Murt
To: All House members
Subject: Nominal 0.5% Tax on Insurance Policy Premiums to Help Fund the Waiting List Account for Adults with Developmental Disabilities
“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
James Baldwin

One of the most serious challenges facing our state governments across the nation is funding programs and services for adults with developmental disabilities. As these men and women live longer, as elective officials, we need to be creative and resourceful in finding ways to fund the programs and services these men and women need to live.

Many of these men and women who have developmental disabilities live with their parents. Many of these parents are well into their 90’s. While the men and women who have developmental disabilities might be 60 years old and suffering from health challenges, their parents and caregivers are experiencing their own age and health-related challenges. We badly need to find the resources needed to provide the programs and services that these men and women with developmental disabilities need.

I am proposing a nominal 0.5% tax on insurance policies in Pennsylvania to help fund this mission of caring for adults with developmental disabilities who are on the Waiting List for services. I am confident that the revenues generated will be more than adequate to fund the Waiting List for services that are provided for families who care for an adult family member or loved one with developmental disabilities.

One of the most important attributes we can manifest as elected officials is compassion. Making sure that there are monies available to care for our brothers and sisters who have disabilities is one of our most important duties as elected officials.

Please consider co-sponsoring this proposed legislation. Thank you for your consideration.

Introduced as HB1377