St. Lawrence County seniors can access new website to apply for benefits
The state Office for the Aging, in collaboration with state agencies and other partners, has created a series of videos, viewable online at https://aging.ny.gov/apply-for-benefits, on how to complete and submit applications for benefits for older New Yorkers and other eligible individuals.
Many New Yorkers are eligible for a variety of federal, state and local benefits that can put cash in their pockets, help pay for prescriptions, food and heat, have their taxes reduced, and help pay for their care. These benefits are paid for with tax dollars by the same individuals who need them, however, many are either unaware of these benefits, reluctant to apply for them, or need assistance in understanding and filling out applications.Additional video tutorials will be added on an ongoing basis. Below is a list of the videos and applications they cover:
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - application for food assistance
Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) - assistance with paying for heat or air conditioning
Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) - assistance to afford prescription drugs.
Senior Citizen Homeowners Exemption (SCHE) and Disabled Homeowners Exemption (DRE) – assistance with housing costs by freezing rent
NY School Tax Relief (STAR) Program - local property tax reduction
Medicare Part-B - assistance in paying for services from doctors and other health care providers, outpatient care, home health care, durable medical equipment, and some preventive services
Medicare Savings Program (MSP) - assistance in paying for Medicare premiums. In some cases, Medicare Savings Programs may also pay Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance)and Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments if you meet certain conditions
Weatherization Assistance Program - assistance with making homes more energy efficient to reduce energy costs
EmPower NY - assistance to reduce monthly energy costs
Extra Help - assistance in paying for Medicare prescription drug program costs, like premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance.