Sonney Votes to Ensure, Expand PACE/PACENET Eligibility
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Harborcreek) joined his House colleagues Monday in unanimously passing legislation which would adjust the eligibility requirements for PACE and PACENET to accommodate cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs). House Bill 777 may now be taken up by the state Senate.

“Approximately 300,000 older Pennsylvanians rely on PACE and PACENET for their medications,” Sonney said. “This legislation would extend a program which expired at the end of last year and allow all those who depend on PACE and PACENET to maintain eligibility and their quality of life.”

House Bill 777 would extend until Dec. 31, 2015, a moratorium on COLAs that expired on Dec. 31, 2013. That moratorium, a product of Act 21 of 2011, allowed nearly 40,000 PACE and PACENET cardholders to keep the benefit they would otherwise have lost due to Social Security COLAs in 2012 and 2013 that counted as income.

“The bill also has a provision that would exclude the Medicare Part B premium from the current definition of income,” Sonney stated. “This is estimated to qualify an additional 8,200 seniors for PACE and PACENET.

“I hope our Senate colleagues realize the urgency of this legislation, which impacts more than 48,000 Pennsylvanians, and move it quickly to the governor’s desk to be signed into law,” Sonney added.

Questions about this or any legislative issue may be directed to Sonney’s Corry office at (814) 664-9126 or his Harborcreek office at (814) 897-2080.

Representative Curt Sonney
4th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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