PACENET income expansion passes House; Flynn providing Medicare help June 13

SCRANTON, June 7 – State Rep. Marty Flynn joined his House colleagues Monday in unanimously passing legislation that would expand prescription drug coverage to over 32,000 older Pennsylvanians by increasing income eligibility guidelines for the PACENET program.

"By updating the income requirements, we can ensure access to affordable prescription drugs and help thousands of seniors maintain their quality of life," said Flynn, who also noted the income guidelines haven’t been adjusted since 2003, with the exception of Social Security cost-of-living adjustments being made exempt from income calculations.

House Bill 2069 would increase the annual maximum income limits in the Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly Needs Enhancement Tier program from $23,500 to $31,000 for a single person and from $31,500 to $41,000 for a married couple 65 or older.

The income limits for the first tier of prescription assistance, PACE, remain at $14,500 or less for single people and $17,700 or less for a married couple.

The bill moves to the state Senate for consideration.

Older residents with questions about PACE/PACENET, Medicare or health insurance coverage should visit Flynn’s office during his monthly outreach Monday, June 13.  

Flynn said an APPRISE counselor will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at his office – 409 N. Main Ave. in Jay's Commons -- to help answer questions about Medicare, Medicare Advantage plans, Medigap plans, Medicare drug plans, and various low-income assistance programs, such as the Medicare Savings Program and Extra Help.

Appointments are suggested by calling Flynn's office at 570-342-4348.

The local APPRISE program is sponsored by the Voluntary Action Center and is funded by the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging.