|Posted:||May 4, 2021 10:51 AM|
|From:||Senator John T. Yudichak|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Amending the Amputee and Paralyzed Veterans' Pension Program|
|I am planning to reintroduce legislation (SB 757) to open a short window of eligibility for any amputee or paralyzed veteran who was in the process of applying for the state’s Amputee and Paralyzed Veterans’ Pension at the time that the law and eligibility requirements changed abruptly in 2014.
As you may know, the state Amputee and Paralyzed Veterans’ Pension provides a benefit of $150 per month to eligible veterans. Act 180 of 2014 increased this program’s eligibility requirements in an effort to reduce programs costs. However, the act did not provide sufficient time to ensure that all veterans who were in the process of seeking benefits from the program, including obtaining a federal disability determination, were able to complete their applications before the changes became effective.
Accordingly, our legislation will provide a 90-day period to veterans who were eligible for benefits prior to Act 180 of 2014 to submit a benefit application to the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. We believe it is only fair and reasonable to prove this opportunity to veterans who were unintentionally and negatively affected by the law change.
I hope you’ll join me in sponsoring this important bill. Should you have any questions, please contact my office at (717) 787-7105.
Previous co-sponsors include: STEFANO, FONTANA, SCHWANK, SANTARSIERO, COSTA, VOGEL, K. WARD, BREWSTER, HAYWOOD, BAKER, AUMENT, REGAN, TARTAGLIONE and J. WARD.
Introduced as SB837