Dozens of York County seniors might be eligible for help paying for their prescriptions because of an expansion in the state's PACE and PACENET programs.
The local lawmaker who authored the bill that expanded eligibility is hoping seniors turn out at two workshops he's hosting to help people apply.
Legislation written by Rep. Seth Grove, R-Dover Township, and signed into law earlier this year made more people eligible because it discounted both cost-of-living increases and premiums paid to Medicare from the income threshold.
Individuals and couples ages 65 and older are eligible for PACE or PACENET if they earn less than $31,501 per year after cost-of-living and Medicare premiums are subtracted.
Under the Pennsylvania Lottery-funded program, prescriptions for seniors cost between $3 and $9.
During the upcoming workshops, Grove and staff members from the state's Department of Aging will be on hand for York County seniors to determine whether they're eligible for the prescription plans or other state-funded programs for seniors, Grove said.
"Things may change from year to year on income with seniors, so it's always good to keep checking and see if you are eligible," he said.
At a workshop earlier this month, five seniors found out they were eligible for the reduced-cost prescriptions, and another man was entered into a program that helps pay for some of this diabetic testing equipment and other "durable medical goods," Grove said.
The workshops will be held Thursday, April 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Heritage Senior Center, 3700 Davidsburg Road in Dover and Thursday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grove's district office, 1954 Carlisle Road in York.
To RSVP, call Grove's district office at 717-767-3947.
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