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For Release:
February 22, 2011

Poonam Alaigh, MD, MSHCPM, FACP
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Department of Health and Senior Services Proposes to Amend N.J.A.C. 8:83, the Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled Eligibility Manual


 

The Division of Senior Benefits and Utilization Management proposes to amend N.J.A.C. 8:83, the Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (PAAD) Disability Manual. The proposed amendments would allow the PAAD program to release information to the Department of Human Services and the County Welfare Agencies in order to determine beneficiary eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the federal program formerly known as the food stamp program.  The PAAD beneficiary information would only be released if the beneficiary has indicated on the PAAD application or renewal that they are applying for SNAP.

 

       The proposed amendments would also allow the PAAD program to release information to the Department of Community Affairs, the Department of the Treasury and the Board of Public Utilities for the purpose of determining beneficiary eligibility for the Universal Services Fund Program and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.  The PAAD beneficiary information would only be released if the beneficiary has indicated that they are applying for utility benefits through Lifeline.

 

The PAAD Eligibility Manual sets forth the policies and procedures regarding the assistance to persons whose level of income disqualifies them for Medicaid, but who have significant needs for prescription drugs and cannot pay the full cost of these drugs. PAAD also provides assistance to eligible individuals for the purchase of insulin needles, insulin syringes, and for the purchase of needles and syringes used for medication that can be injected for the treatment of multiple sclerosis.

 

       The notice of proposal appears in the February 22, 2011, issue of the New Jersey Register. LexisNexis® provides free on-line public access to the New Jersey Administrative Code and the New Jersey Register at http://lexisnexis.com/njoal.

 

       The public has until April 25, 2011, to comment on the proposal.  Persons wishing to comment on the proposal must submit their comments in writing to Devon L. Graf, Director, Office of Legal and Regulatory Compliance, New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, PO Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625.  Written comments on the proposal must be postmarked on or before April 25, 2011, which is the close of the 60-day public comment period for the proposal.

 
 
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