Samuelson: House OKs bill expanding prescription coverage

Income bump would enable over 32,000 seniors to enter PACENET

HARRISBURG, June 8 – State Rep. Steve Samuelson, D-Northampton, said the state House of Representatives this week unanimously passed legislation that would expand prescription drug coverage to over 32,000 older Pennsylvanians by increasing income eligibility guidelines for the PACENET program.

“It’s been more than a dozen years since the PACENET income limits have been increased,” said Samuelson, Democratic chair of the House Aging and Adult Services Committee and a leading sponsor of the legislation. “By updating the income limits, we can ensure access to affordable prescription drugs and help thousands of senior citizens maintain their quality of life.”

Samuelson introduced House Bill 2069 in May with Rep. Frank Farry, R-Bucks. The bill would increase the annual maximum income limits in the PACENET program to $31,000 for a single person and to $41,000 for a married couple.

Current maximum annual income limits for the PACENET program, which covers those individuals with incomes exceeding PACE maximums, are $23,500 for an individual and $31,500 for a married couple.

“The PACE and PACENET programs offer lower-cost prescription medications to qualified residents 65 or older, thanks to roughly $200 million a year in funding from the Pennsylvania Lottery,” Samuelson said. “Advancing this measure will bring even more live-saving medicines to older Pennsylvanians.”

With its unanimous OK in the House, H.B. 2069 now moves to the state Senate for consideration.