Senate Approves Vance Bill Extending Prescription Drug Discounts to Veterans in Personal Care Homes, Assisted Living Residences

HARRISBURG – The Senate on Monday unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Pat Vance (R-Cumberland/York) that expands pharmaceutical costs saving measures to veterans residing in assisted living residence and personal care homes.

Act 114 of 2008 allowed pharmacists associated with long-term care and skilled care facilities to repackage medications received from the Veterans’ Administration into single doses so veterans could utilize their full pharmacy benefit. Drugs purchased through the Veterans’ Administration are not in single unit doses as required by state law. Senate Bill 1224 would allow veterans in assisted living residence and personal care homes to participate also.

“Veterans, no matter where they reside, should not be prevented from utilizing their pharmaceutical benefits,” Vance said. “This legislation will level the playing field for these men and women who served our country. It is the least we can do.”

The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for its consideration.

Vance’s district includes all of Cumberland County and Carroll, Fairview, Franklin, Monaghan, Warrington and Washington townships and Dillsburg, Franklintown and Wellsville boroughs in York County.