Monday, February 27th, 2012

The Morris County Division on Aging, Disabilities and Veterans wants senior citizens in the county to know that there are new eligibility limits for the Pharmaceautical Assistance for the Aged & Disabled and the Senior Gold programs.

Theresa Davis, director of the division, said residents are now eligible for the PAAD program if their income is no more than $25, 312 for a single individual or up to $31,035 for a married couple.

The 2012 Senior Gold income limits are up to $35,312 as a single individual and $41,035 for a married couple, Davis said.

PAAD and Senior Gold offer access to prescription drugs at a significantly reduced rate.

According to the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, state law requires income limits for these programs to rise by the same percentage as the federal Social Security Administration’s cost-of-living adjustment that takes effect at the beginning of each year.

Since the 2012 cost-of-living adjustment will be 3.6 percent, the 2012 income limits for the PAAD are rising by the same amount. Senior Gold income limits are increasing to $10,000 above the new PAAD limits for both single and married participants.

Davis said anyone wanting additional information about the PAAD or the Senior Gold programs may call the Morris County Division on Aging, Disabilities and Veterans office at 1-800-564-4656.