FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Rep. Lawrence Curry
Curry, House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee, advance bill to protect PACE/PACENET recipients from cost-of-living increase
HARRISBURG, April 21 – As Democratic chairman of the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee, state Rep. Lawrence Curry, D-Montgomery/Phila., voted to advance H.B. 463, which would allow PACE and PACENET enrollees to continue to maintain their income eligibility despite Social Security cost-of-living adjustment.
A Pennsylvania law that maintained senior citizens' eligibility for the state's PACE or PACENET prescription assistance programs, even if a Social Security cost-of-living adjustment in the past four years put them over the income limit, expired on Dec. 31.
This bill would extend the Social Security COLA exemption until Dec. 31, 2013.
"Without this bill, these enrollees could be disqualified from the program because of a Social Security cost-of-living increase," Curry said.
Curry's amendment to the bill that would make the extension effective immediately upon Gov. Corbett's signature, rather than 60 days later, was adopted in committee. The bill now moves to the full House for a vote.