Hennessey Honors 30 Years of Service by PACE Program
10/9/2014
  
 

Rep. Tim Hennessey (R-Chester), chairman of the House Aging and Older Adult Services joins with Secretary Brian Duke of the Department of Aging and PACE Program Director Tom Snedden following a press conference celebrating the 30th anniversary of the PACE program in Pennsylvania.
HARRISBURG
– At a Capitol press conference this week, Rep. Tim Hennessey (R-Chester), chairman of the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee, praised the efforts of the Department of Aging and those who work directly with the Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly (PACE) program on behalf of Pennsylvania seniors. The PACE/PACENET Program was established in 1984 to assist seniors with payment of prescription medications.
 
“It’s gratifying that this great program has cared for seniors in our Commonwealth for 30 years providing much-needed care and advice on medications,” said Hennessey. “I know the members of the committee join me in congratulating all who administer this program for their dedicated service that they provide every day.”
 
The program is offered to Pennsylvania residents 65 years or older and eligibility is determined by the previous calendar year’s income. To be eligible, a single person’s income must be $14,500 or less, and for a married couple, combined total income must be $17,700 or less. The program is unique because it does not calculate assets into eligibility requirements.
 
In addition to PACE, the department administers the Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly Needs Enhancement Tier (PACENET). Income limits are slightly higher than those for PACE. For a single person, total income can be between $14,500 and $23,500. For a married couple, combined total income can be between $17,700 and $31,500.
 
Under PACE Plus Medicare, PACE/PACENET coverage is supplemented by federal Medicare Part D prescription coverage and offers older Pennsylvanians the best benefits of both programs. The program may also be combined with Medicare Advantage plans, retiree plans, union or employer plans, as well as veteran benefits.
 
Older adults continue to receive the same prescription benefits while, in many cases, saving more money. Over the last three decades the program has filled more than 300 million prescriptions for low-income Pennsylvanians over the age of 65.
 
For eligibility guidelines and information about how to enroll, please visit the Department of Aging’s website, or contact the Chester County Area Agency on Aging, 601 Westtown Road, West Chester, (610) 344-63500. Residents may also call 1-800-225-7223.
 
Representative Tim Hennessey
26th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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