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PACE Modernization and Expansion

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These bills would:

  • Increase the PACENET income limits
  • Institute a Medication Synchronization program in PACE/PACENET
  • Expand the Pharmaceutical Assistance Review Board (PARB) to include four pharmacists
  • Direct the PARB to develop a proposal for retail pharmacy Medication Therapy Management (MTM)


Why PPA Supports

Increasing the PACENET income limits will add approximately 32,000 seniors to the program.


Medication Synchronization in PACE/PACENET allows seniors to obtain all their chronic medications at one coordinated time. This is convenient for the PACE/PACENET individual and helps improve medication adherence.


Expanding the Pharmaceutical Assistance Review Board (PARB) will reinvigorate the board by increasing public oversight and allowing for additional pharmacist input, thus enhancing the Board's advisory capacity.


Medication Therapy Management (MTM) allows pharmacist to review all of a patient's medications, including over the counter. This provides optimal outcomes, including appropriate use and adherence, in collaboration with the prescribers.



Bill Numbers and Prime Sponsors

House Bill 270 - sponsored by Representative Frank Farry (R-142)


Senate Bill 581 - sponsored by Senator John Sabatina (D-5)




House Bill 270 was introduced on March 16, 2017 and referred to the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee where it awaits consideration.


Senate Bill 581 was introduced on April 5, 2017 and referred to the Senate Aging and Youth Committee where it awaits consideration.



Issue Briefs

Click here for an issue brief on House Bill 270.


Click here for an issue brief on Senate Bill 581.




Click here for more information on Pennsylvania's PACE and PACENET programs.



For questions, please contact Jeff Stuby.

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