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Panel Advances Kean Bill to Make Medicine More Affordable for NJ Seniors

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More seniors and residents with disabilities will be eligible for help with prescription drug costs under legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and advanced today by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean would ensure more seniors and residents with disabilities will be eligible for help with prescription drug costs. (Wikimedia Commons)

“The high cost of prescription medicine is one of the most troubling concerns of people living on fixed incomes,” said Kean (R-21). “This legislation would help 20,000 more residents save money by expanding income eligibility levels for New Jersey’s prescription drug programs for seniors.”

The state funds two prescription assistance programs for residents 65 and older and those with disabilities – the Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (PAAD) program, and the Senior Gold Prescription Discount program.

Under Kean’s bill, S-3633, the income cap for both programs would be increased by $10,000. For PAAD the limit would be boosted to $38,769 for individuals and $45,270 for married couples, and Senior Gold’s cap moves to $48,769 and $55,270 for married couples.

“This is a practical investment in the health of vulnerable New Jersey residents,” said Kean. “It will help ease the burden on seniors struggling with the rising costs of prescriptions they can’t live without.”

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