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PACE Modernization and Expansion

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Summary

These bills:

  • 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 is coming soon!

 

 

Status

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

 

Senator Michele Brooks (R - 50th District) circulated a memorandum on March 21, 2017 asking for co-sponsors on a bill he intends to introduce that would expand and modernize the PACE program. Click here to view this co-sponsorship memorandum. 

 

 

Issue Briefs

Click here for an issue brief on House Bill 270.

 

 

Resources

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

 

 

For questions, please contact Jeff Stuby.

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