Murt-Backed Bill to Aid Veterans, Families is Headed to Governor

Rep. Thomas P. Murt (R-Montgomery/Philadelphia) today announced legislation that will enable veterans and their families who are in need to better know of government programs and services available to them has passed the state House and is on the way to the governor for his signature.


House Bill 254 is based upon earlier legislative intent to require the Department of Public Welfare to verify whether or not an applicant for welfare benefits is a veteran or family of a veteran, and therefore, eligible for veteran benefits and services from other government agencies.


That goal was incorporated into state law late last year, and the original legislation has been amended to ensure public notification by placing this DPW requirement on the agency’s website at


“Our goal is to make sure veterans who are in need get the benefits they deserve,” said Murt.  “While I am pleased the law is already in effect, the additional provisions of this legislation will help increase awareness and ensure that veterans receive every benefit they have earned.”


House Bill 254 was further amended in the state Senate to modernize the Medical Assistance payment system for medical facilities and establish an assessment system to obtain additional federal funding. Local hospitals stand to benefit from this change.


Rep. Thomas P. Murt
152nd District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
(215) 674-3755
(717) 787-6886

Contact:  Sean Yeakle
(717) 787-3406

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