Plan for Pennsylvania; Auto insurance savings; Centre County veterans’ help

Plan for Pennsylvania: A New Way Forward

This week I joined House Democrats to urge legislators on the other side of the aisle to move forward with our Plan for PA, which advances the values of working, middle-class families in Pennsylvania. There are four components of policies and legislation: putting people first, creating good jobs, providing quality schools and establishing fair taxes.

Click here to listen to my comments on our Plan for PA or here to read my full news release.

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Saving seniors money on auto insurance

As time passes, you may find yourself driving less but not necessarily paying less. I want to make sure you’re not shelling out your hard-earned money for specific car insurance coverage you no longer need.

Here’s a checklist seniors, especially retired seniors, should review:

  • Wage replacement (income loss): You may have bought coverage to pay bills if you couldn’t work for a period of time, but if you no longer work and have job-related wages, you probably don’t need coverage anymore;

  • Commuting vs. pleasure driving: You may be paying a higher rate for driving in rush hour traffic every day when you no longer do that;

  • Annual mileage: If you no longer make the daily commute, you may drive significantly fewer miles each year. Driving fewer miles could decrease how much you pay; and

  • Empty Nesters: Make sure grown children who no longer live with you are not still on your policy. If all the drivers on your policy are 55 or older, take a PennDOT-approved mature driver class, and qualify for a 5 percent discount.

It’s crucial to have the auto insurance coverage you need, but you shouldn’t pay more than necessary.

Centre County veterans can electronically register to obtain help

As your state representative, I strive to make sure veterans know about all programs available to them. The nonprofit Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania – which covers Centre County and can help with employment, subsidized housing and support services – is now accepting and processing intake forms electronically through the VLPWPA website. Potential clients are no longer required to schedule their intake appointment in person.

Eligibility documentation includes:

  • Legible DD-214

  • Statement of service

  • Photo ID

  • Verification of income

For new referrals, the individual needs a computer and internet access to log on to, then click on the "Client Portal" tab.

Once the account is validated and activated, the client can complete the electronic admission form and submit directly to VLPWPA staff upon completion.

The individual MUST fill in all blank fields and click SUBMIT for the application to process properly and completely.

A representative from the VLPWPA admission team will reach out to the client within one business day of the application’s submission to schedule an in-person intake.

To expedite the intake process, the veteran also is highly encouraged to submit his or her veteran-status and eligibility documents directly to or by fax to 412-481-8202.

Information on programs for veterans can also be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs website.