Lawmakers Look To Boost Awareness Of Senior Citizen Prescription Drug Program

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Linda R. Greenstein

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Linda R. Greenstein and Assemblyman Wayne P. DeAngelo looks to help boost enrollment in New Jersey’s Senior Gold prescription drug discount program.

The bill (A-2632) would require the Department of the Treasury to prominently display eligibility qualifications for and benefits available under the Senior Gold program in the income tax instruction booklet it makes available annually to taxpayers.

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“This would be a simple and commonsense step to boost enrollment in this program that can prove so valuable to our senior citizens,” said Greenstein (D-Middlesex/Mercer). “We should be doing everything to can to help our seniors pay for medication, especially in these tough times and with health care proving so expensive. This is just one way to accomplish that goal.”

Wayne P. DeAngelo

“Anything we can do to promote this program to senior citizens who may not be aware it’s available is a good thing,” said DeAngelo (D-Mercer/Middlesex). “Seniors struggle daily to pay for their medication, but this program can be a big help, and with this bill, we’ll be making a real effort to let everyone know it’s out there.”

The Senior Gold Prescription Discount Program is a state-funded prescription program. Senior citizens are eligible if they are:
· A New Jersey resident;
· 65 years of age or older or 18 years of age or older and receiving Social Security Title II Disability benefits; and
· Annual income for 2010 is between $24,432 and $34,432 if you are single or between $29,956 and $39,956 if you are married.

For more information, call 1-800-792-9745.

The bill was recently released by the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee and now goes to the Assembly Speaker, who decides if and when to post it for a vote.


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