PA Pilot Program Gives Some Low-Income Patients A Break At Dispensaries

The $50 a month in financial assistance will help almost 1,400 senior citizens

The state Department of Health has launched a pilot program to offer $50 a month in financial assistance to help almost 1,400 senior citizens afford the cost of medical marijuana.

The payments are the first step toward establishing a third phase for the financial assistance program authorized to help low-income medical marijuana patients afford the drug. Because insurance companies don’t include medical marijuana in their prescription drug coverage, medical marijuana patients are left to pony up the full cost of medical marijuana when they visit the state’s dispensaries.

But under the pilot program, the nearly 1,400 medical marijuana patients enrolled in the state’s PACE and PACENET programs will get $50 a month until next June to help with the cost of medical marijuana, Medical Marijuana Program Director Laura Mentch said at the quarterly meeting of the state’s Medical Marijuana Advisory Board.

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