The Senate approved Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s legislation that would allow more seniors and residents with disabilities to qualify for help with prescription drug costs.
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s legislation that would allow more seniors and residents with disabilities to qualify for help with prescription drug costs. (Wikimedia Commons)
“This legislation would help 20,000 more residents save money on prescription drugs by expanding income eligibility levels for New Jersey’s prescription drug programs for seniors,” said Kean (R-21). “The high cost of prescription medicine is one of the most troubling concerns of people living on fixed incomes, and this will ease the burden for more 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, A-5520/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 that they can’t live without.”
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