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PACE/PACENET Add Nearly 70,000 Enrollees in Year Following Historic Expansion.

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania's PACE and PACENET prescription assistance programs for older adults added nearly 70,000 new enrollees in the year since expanded eligibility guidelines took effect, according to Secretary of Aging Nora Dowd Eisenhower.

"Helping older adults obtain low-cost prescription coverage has been a high priority for the Rendell Administration," said Secretary Dowd Eisenhower. "The historic expansion of PACE and PACENET has resulted in a better quality of life for tens of thousands of our Commonwealth's older residents."

Governor Edward G. Rendell signed legislation to expand PACE and PACENET in November 2003, creating new eligibility guidelines that took effect on Jan. 1, 2004. As of December 31, 2004, enrollment in both programs totaled 291,241, reflecting an increase of 69,679 for the year. PACE enrollment grew by 6,385 while PACENET added 63,294 new enrollees.

The Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly, more commonly known as PACE, was launched in 1984. PACENET was created in 1996 to assist older adults whose incomes fall just above PACE limits but who still may need assistance paying for prescription drugs. The Pennsylvania Lottery funds both programs.

To be eligible, an applicant must be 65 or older and a resident of Pennsylvania for at least 90 days prior to the date of application.

For PACE, the combined income for married applicants must not exceed $17,700 and the annual income for single applicants must not exceed $14,500 during the calendar year prior to application. PACE enrollees are responsible for co-payments of $6 for generic medications and $9 for brand name medications.

PACENET income ranges are between $17,700 and $31,500 for married couples and $14,500 to $23,500 for single persons. Enrollees are responsible for a $40 monthly deductible before the program begins reimbursing for prescriptions. In addition, PACENET enrollees must pay an $8 co-payment for generic medications and $15 for brand name medications.

More information about PACE and PACENET is available on the Internet at http://www.aging.state.pa.us/ or by calling, toll-free, 1-800-225-7223.

CONTACT: Gary Miller, Pennsylvania Department of Aging, +1-717-783-1549.

CONTACT: Gary Miller, Pennsylvania Department of Aging, +1-717-783-1549

Web site: http://www.aging.state.pa.us/ http://www.state.pa.us/
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