News Release

PO 360
Trenton, NJ 08625-0360
Christine Grant
Commissioner
For Release:
November 8, 2000
For Further Information Contact:
Dennis McGowan
609-984-7160
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Income Limits for PAAD to Rise 3.5 Percent

TRENTON -- The annual income limits of the Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled Program (PAAD) will increase 3.5 percent effective January 1, 2001. The automatic increase is made annually in accordance with a 1995 law signed by Governor Christie Whitman that raises the program's income limits by the same percentage as the cost of living adjustment Social Security beneficiaries receive each January.

The 2001 PAAD income limits are $19,238 for single people and $23,589 for married couples.

"PAAD plays a vital role in helping New Jersey's seniors and residents with disabilities maintain both their physical and financial well-being," said Gov. Whitman.

Health and Senior Services Commissioner Christine Grant added, "PAAD is a cornerstone program for our department. In its 25 years of existence, PAAD has had a significant impact in reducing the financial pressures facing seniors and people with disabilities, helping them to maintain their highest possible level of independence."

PAAD is a state-funded prescription program currently covering the cost of prescription medicine and certain diabetic testing materials for approximately 187,000 low-income seniors and people with disabilities at an annual cost of approximately $313 million. Program participants are required to co-pay $5 per prescription.

PAAD benefits are available to New Jersey residents who meet the annual income limits and are either 65 years of age and older or are at least 18 years of age and receiving Social Security Disability benefits.

For more information on PAAD call toll-free 1-800-792-9745.

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