HARRISBURG – The Senate unanimously approved a proposal sponsored by Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) that would reduce government waste and fraud by preventing deceased individuals from receiving taxpayer-funded solicitations regarding public assistance programs.
Similar legislation was introduced in the House by Representative Russ Diamond (R-Lebanon).
Senate Bill 891 requires PACE and PACENET, the state’s prescription drug programs, to cross-check death records with the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s records every month to determine eligibility for future benefits.
“This is another common sense way to prevent the abuse of our social assistance programs,” Argall added.
The proposal heads to the House of Representatives for its consideration.
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