DeLissio promotes new law expanding prescription assistance for seniors

HARRISBURG, Oct. 26 – A new law will expand access to the state’s prescription drug assistance program for thousands of additional seniors, according to state Rep. Pamela DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila.


The new law – Act 87 of 2018 – increases the maximum income limit for PACENET prescription drug assistance from $23,500 to $27,500 for single people and from $31,500 to $35,500 for married couples.


“No senior should ever have to make the decision between paying for their medication and paying other bills in order to make ends meet,” DeLissio said. “Supporting legislation that will provide an additional 17,000 seniors with access to affordable medicine was the right thing to do; this legislation has been introduced over several sessions and is now finally law.”


DeLissio said in addition to increasing the income eligibility limits, the new law allows pharmacists to fill partial prescriptions so participant's refills can all be refilled on the same day of the month.


“Paper applications are available in my district office and anyone who needs assistance with applying can seek help with my staff who are always happy to answer questions and help in the application process,” DeLissio said.


The PACE and PACENET programs offer lower-cost prescription medications to qualified residents 65 or older. Funding is provided by proceeds from the Pennsylvania Lottery.