Governor Murphy announces expanded income eligibility for prescription drug assistance programs
Expanded income eligibility is the largest single increase in program history
TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy today announced that the income limits for the Elderly and Disabled Pharmaceutical Assistance (PAAD) and Senior Gold Prescription Discount Drug Assistance Programs have increased by $ 10,000, making the more affordable drug prices benefiting over 20,000 seniors. The income threshold increase, which was part of Governor Murphy’s fiscal year 2022 budget, is the largest one-time increase in the history of the PAAD and Senior Gold Prescription Discount drug assistance programs. This initiative is part of the governor’s ongoing and broader commitment and programming to make health care more affordable for New Jersey residents in terms of provider, insurance and prescription drug costs.
“Few problems have a greater financial impact on New Jersey families than the ever-increasing cost of prescription drugs,” Governor Murphy said. “Making New Jersey a more affordable place to live means working to reduce the cost of prescription drugs. I am extremely proud of the progress we have made with this historic benefit increase that will extend benefits to thousands of New Jerseyans. “
“We know that when budgets are tight, people face tough decisions like stretching out their medications or leaving prescriptions unfilled,” said Sarah Adelman, acting commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Social Services. “This historic increase in benefits will allow many elderly residents and people with disabilities to qualify for prescription savings for the first time. If you need help paying for drugs and think you might qualify, we encourage you to apply ”,
“The cost should not be a barrier to medicine” said Louise Rush, director of aging services for the New Jersey Department of Social Services. “By expanding income eligibility for the PAAD and Senior Gold Prescription Assistance Programs, we are opening up these savings to more residents who need assistance.”
“For too many, access to essential medicines means being able to afford the cost. This administration has prioritized the affordability of healthcare for consumers through provider, insurance and prescription drug costs, ” said Shabnam Salih, director of the Office of Accessibility and Transparency in Health Care. “Today’s program expansion will help many New Jersey residents by alleviating some of the financial burden of prescription drugs for more eligible residents. “
The PAAD and Senior Gold Prescription Discount Pharmacy Assistant programs are available to residents 65 years of age and older and people with disabilities. PAAD reduces drug prices to $ 5 for covered generic drugs and $ 7 for covered trademarks. Senior Gold cuts prices in half after a $ 15 co-payment for covered prescriptions. The PAAD program income limits are now $ 38,769 for singles and $ 45,270 for couples. The limits for the Senior Gold Prescription Discount program are now $ 48,769 if single and $ 55,270 if married. Assets are not an eligibility consideration for either program.
Income limits for the Lifeline Utility Assistance Program and the Hearing Aid for the Elderly and Disabled (HAAAD) Program have also increased by $ 10,000 as these programs are linked to PAAD.
Elderly residents and eligible people with disabilities are encouraged to apply now through the NJSave online application, download an application from the NJSave web page, or request a paper application by calling 1-800-792-9745. Online and paper applications are available in English and Spanish.
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