PACENET income limits set to rise for first time in 15 years
HARRISBURG, Oct. 19 – A bill introduced by state Reps. Steve Samuelson, D-Northampton, and Frank Farry, R-Bucks, that would open the PACENET prescription assistance program to thousands more seniors is on its way to the governor’s desk.
House Bill 270, which passed unanimously in the House and Senate in the closing days of the legislative session, would increase the income limits for PACENET from $23,500 to $27,500 for individuals and from $31,500 to $35,500 for married couples.
“This is the first time in 15 years we have increased the income limits for PACENET,” said Samuelson, Democratic chairman of the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee. “This increase will not only allow nearly 3,000 PACENET enrollees whose incomes had risen above the limits this year to remain in the program, but will make thousands of seniors across the state eligible for the prescription assistance for the first time.”
The Department of Aging estimates more than 14,000 new seniors will enroll in PACENET over the next two-and-a-half years. PACE and PACENET are lottery-funded programs that provide low-cost prescriptions to eligible seniors.
“We need to remain vigilant that income limits for our senior programs, including PACENET, keep pace with inflation,” Samuelson said. “Our seniors should never have to choose between paying for medicine and paying for heat, rent or food.”
The governor has until Oct. 28 to sign the bill.