Contact Information 

Meadville District Office
900-920 Water Street
Downtown Mall
Meadville, PA  16335
Phone (814) 336-1136
Hours 8 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. (M-F)

Fairview Office (Mondays Only)
Fairview Township Building
7471 McCray Rd., Fairview, PA
Hours 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Monday)
1-800-770-2377

Cranesville Office (Thursdays Only)
Cranesville Borough Office
10195 John Williams Ave.
Cranesville, PA 16410
Phone: 1-800-770-2377
Hours 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Thursday)

Capitol Office
Hon. Brad Roae
151 East Wing
Harrisburg PA 17120-2006
Phone: (717) 787-2353
Fax: 717-782-2902

E-mail:
  broae@pahousegop.com

Q & A - Medication Assistance Available for Senior Citizens
9/19/2013

QUESTION:  What are the names of the state programs that help senior citizens pay for their medications and how do they work?

ANSWER:  Pennsylvania senior citizens who rely on prescription drugs to stay healthy may qualify for financial assistance through the state’s PACE and PACENET prescription drug assistance programs.

PACE and PACENET offer comprehensive prescription coverage to older Pennsylvanians and cover most prescription medications and some prescription supplies.

Eligibility restrictions for PACE require that applicants be residents of Pennsylvania for at least 90 consecutive days prior to application.  The 90-day requirement is in place to ensure residents from other states are not unfairly taking advantage of this program, which would deplete the funds available to help Pennsylvania residents.

Additionally, applicants must be age 65 or older and have a total income for the preceding calendar year of less than $14,500 for a single person, or less than $17,700 combined for a married couple.

Once enrolled in the PACE program, a benefit card will be mailed, and enrollees will be required to pay a $6 co-payment for each generic prescription medication.  Brand-name prescriptions require a $9 co-payment. These co-payments are made to the pharmacy at the time of purchase.

PACENET applicants must also be residents of Pennsylvania for at least 90 consecutive days prior to application and be age 65 or older.  For PACENET, applicants must have had a total income for the preceding calendar year of between $14,500 and $23,500 for a single person, or between $17,700 and $31,500 combined for a married couple.

PACENET members who enroll in a Medicare Part D plan will pay the Part D premium directly to the plan. Depending on the Part D plan one is enrolled in, monthly premiums are approximately $34. In addition, Part D cardholders will pay co-payments of no more than the PACENET co-payments of $8 for each generic prescription medication and $15 for each brand name to the pharmacy at the time of purchase.

PACENET members who do not enroll in a Part D plan will pay approximately $34 each month at the pharmacy toward the cost of their medications.  If this is not paid on a monthly basis, it will accumulate.  In addition, the individual will pay $8 for each generic prescription medication and $15 for each brand name.

PACE and PACENET are funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery, but there is a concern that the senior citizen population is growing faster than lottery profits.  The governor recently proposed a lottery privatization plan designed to increase lottery profits so that, as more people turn 65 years old, there will be funding for all of the eligible people to participate.  Senior centers, property tax rebates, rent rebates and the shared ride program also receive funding from the lottery.

You can learn more about PACE and PACENET by visiting the Pennsylvania Department of Aging online at www.aging.state.pa.us.
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