Mullery votes to help more seniors afford prescriptions

HARRISBURG, Oct. 11 – Thousands more senior citizens would be eligible for the state’s prescription assistance program under legislation that passed the House of Representatives today, according to state Rep. Gerald Mullery.

“Senior citizens should not be forced to choose between paying for their prescriptions and buying groceries. The state’s PACE and PACENET programs are virtual lifesavers for many Pennsylvanians and I was proud to co-sponsor and vote for this important bill,” said Mullery, D-Luzerne.

PACE provides low-cost prescriptions to those 65 or older who earn up to $14,500 for single people and up to $17,700 for married couples.

House Bill 270 would enhance the additional tier of assistance for moderate-income people, known as PACENET, by increasing the income limit from $23,500 to $27,500 for single people and from $31,500 to $35,500 for married couples.

According to estimates from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, more than 14,000 people would be eligible for benefits if the bill becomes law, including hundreds more in Luzerne County.

“My office staff are happy to help people learn more and apply for PACE and PACENET, as well as other state programs. Anyone who’s interested should give us a call or stop by for assistance,” said Mullery, who maintains offices at 156 S. Market St. in Nanticoke (570-740-7031) and at 407 Centre St. in Freeland (570-636-3500).

PACE and PACENET are funded by proceeds from the Pennsylvania Lottery.

The legislation moves to the state Senate for consideration.