Vance Legislation Extending Veterans Prescription Drug Discounts Heads to the Governor


HARRISBURG –Sen. Pat Vance’s (R-Cumberland/York) legislation expanding pharmaceutical costs saving measures to veterans residing in assisted living residences and personal care homes is before the governor, after the House approved the bill on Monday.

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 residences and personal care homes to participate also.

“Veterans should be able to maximize their pharmaceutical benefits no matter where they live,” Vance said. “I’m hopeful the Governor will sign this legislation quickly so that these men and women who have served our country with distinction, but now reside in assisted living residences or personal care homes, can use their full benefits.”

The governor has 10 days to sign or veto the bill.

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.

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Governor Tom Corbett signed Sen. Pat Vance’s legislation into law extending veterans’ prescription drug discounts to those living in assisted living residences and personal care homes. A 2008 law allowed pharmacists associated with long-term care and skilled nursing facilities to repackage medications into single doses so veterans could utilize their full pharmacy benefits. This new law addresses an oversight for veterans in assisted living and personal care homes. Pictured, seated from left, are Vance; Corbett; and Stuart Shapiro, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Health Care Association.

Governor Tom Corbett signed Sen. Pat Vance’s legislation into law extending veterans’ prescription drug discounts to those living in assisted living residences and personal care homes. A 2008 law allowed pharmacists associated with long-term care and skilled nursing facilities to repackage medications into single doses so veterans could utilize their full pharmacy benefits. This new law addresses an oversight for veterans in assisted living and personal care homes. Pictured, seated from left, are Vance; Corbett; and Stuart Shapiro, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Health Care Association.