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Office for the Aging releases video tutorial series to help eligible older New Yorkers access federal, state & local benefits

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Mon, Apr 5th 2021 12:20 pm

Videos make applying for benefits easier, while reducing risk of COVID-19 transmission by eliminating face-to-face visits

By the New York State Office for the Aging

The New York State Office for the Aging, in collaboration with state agencies and other partners, has created a series of videos 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.

“We wanted to make it as easy as possible for people to apply for these benefits by showing them how to fill out certain applications and get them approved,” said Greg Olsen, NYSOFA acting director. “And instead of people having to go to the experts, we decided to bring the experts to them.”

The initial videos in the series are available on the NYSOFA website (page link) and its social media pages, including YouTube. 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.

The mission of the New York State Office for the Aging is to help older New Yorkers be as independent as possible for as long as possible through advocacy, development and delivery of person-centered, consumer-oriented and cost-effective policies, programs and services that support and empower older adults and their families, in partnership with the network of public and private organizations that serve them. Stay connected to NYSOFA: download the mobile app for iOS or Android; visit on Facebook; follow @NYSAGING on Twitter; or visit www.aging.ny.gov.

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