Senior prescription program expanded to help more people

House Democrats' Plan for Pennsylvania puts focus on affordable health care

HARRISBURG, Oct. 23 – Thousands of additional Pennsylvania seniors will be able to receive help paying for their prescription medicines thanks to a new state law.

Act 87, signed into law today, increases seniors’ access to the state’s prescription drug assistance program (PACENET) by raising the program’s income limits to keep pace with rising costs. The law increases the maximum income limit for PACENET to $27,500 for individuals and $35,500 for married couples.

In addition, the new law allows pharmacists to fill partial prescriptions so PACE/PACENET participants’ refills can be synchronized for the same day.

It’s estimated this expansion will allow for an additional 17,000 seniors to be eligible for PACENET statewide.                                                                     

The new law supports the priority of putting people first in the House Democrats’ Plan for Pennsylvania, which focuses on working together to build a stronger Pennsylvania through good jobs, affordable health care, quality schools and a fair economy.