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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

New Law to Ensure, Expand Eligibility for PACE/PACENET
2/27/2014
QUESTION: I’m worried my elderly mother will lose her prescription medicine assistance under the state’s PACE program due to her cost-of-living adjustment from Social Security. Is there anything that can be done to prevent this?

ANSWER: Many senior citizens live on fixed incomes in Pennsylvania and struggle to pay for their medications. Pennsylvania enacted the Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly (PACE) and the PACE Needs Enhancement Tier (PACENET) programs to help older residents pay for their medicine.

For many senior citizens, the only increase in income they see comes from a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) provided by the federal Social Security program. These adjustments increase the recipients’ payments to reflect the higher cost of products due to inflation. Because the recipients’ payments are going up at the same time prices are going up, the end result is a wash.

However, the increased income hurts some senior citizens by raising them above the income limits that applied to other programs, like PACE and PACENET.

Thanks to a new law, nearly 40,000 Pennsylvania seniors will be able to maintain their access to the PACE and PACENET prescription drug programs. The new law will also allow nearly 10,000 additional seniors to qualify for the programs.

Act 12 of 2014, formerly House Bill 777, allows seniors who would be bumped from eligibility by Social Security COLAs to stay in the PACE and PACENET programs and also would deduct Medicare Part B premiums from one’s income in order to increase eligibility for both programs.

Current income eligibility levels for PACE are set at less than $14,500 for a single person and less than $17,700 for a couple. PACENET, which covers those individuals with incomes exceeding PACE maximums, is open to individuals earning between $14,500 and $23,500 and couples with incomes between $17,700 and $31,500. The minimum age to participate in the programs is 65, and they are funded from proceeds of the Pennsylvania Lottery.

This commonsense change will ensure more senior citizens continue to receive the medications they need.
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