PACENET income limits increase for 2019; applications being accepted now

Income limits for the Pennsylvania Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly Needs Enhancement Tier (PACENET), which offers low-cost prescription medication to qualified residents, have been increased for the first time in 15 years. Act 87 of 2018, signed by Gov. Tom Wolf, provides a $4,000 increase for single and married applicants. Total income for a single person is between $14,500 and $27,500; and total combined income for a married couple can be between $17,700 and $35,500.

Those eligible may apply now. You must be age 65 or older and a Pennsylvania resident for 90 days prior to the date of the application. You cannot be enrolled in the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Medicaid prescription benefit. Income qualification is based on prior year’s income and includes taxable and non-taxable sources. Assets and resources are not counted as income.

To apply, visit For a paper
application, or if you have questions or need assistance completing
an application, call the Beaver County Office on Aging’s APPRISE
counselors at (724) 847-2262 or (888) 548-2262.