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12 E. Locust Street
Oxford, PA 19363
610-932-5244
contact@oxfordseniors.org

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Monday - Friday, 9am-3pm

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and inclement weather

 

INFORMATION & ASSISTANCE

 

 

 

 

 

 




March
April - Click here

WARNING!! Please be advised DO NOT call
800 numbers advertised on TV for Medicare Plans

March, how is it coming in – like a lion or like a lamb? February sure has been a little interesting, a little sun, a little rain, a little black ice, a little blown, and very little cold. Something for everyone!

I think the hardest thing for seniors to do is change. If there is something you don’t understand, please stop by and ask. If you get a letter you don’t understand, bring it in. If they ask for money to “HELP” you, it’s probably not legitimate. Scamming is on the rise so be aware. A new one that just came on the scene last month concerns prescription coverage. It offers full coverage for a mere $299 a year. Then they ask for your bank account numbers for a direct debit from your account. Don’t believe anyone who threatens to take away your Medicare Benefits if you don’t sign up for their plan. Hang up the phone!! There are no stupid questions. Our hope is that we all make it through these changing times without too much loss of hair and mind and money!!

Now is the time to get your records organized for Tax & Rent rebates. Seems there’s always some kind of paperwork to do. For Rent Rebate, the maximum income is still $15,000. Only 1/2 of your Social Security is counted. If this is your first time filing for the Rent Rebate, be sure to have your landlord fill in the Rent Certificate before going to your tax appointment. We have copies here if you need them. If you’re not required to file a tax return, call for an appointment and I’ll help you with your rebate.

Several of you have already shown me letters from the state stating that you will not receive the Tax/Rent Rebate form booklet because you had someone else do your return last year. That’s not a problem—just remember to take your Stamped Paid receipt with you, along with all your other records. They used computer generated forms and can continue to do so. The age requirement is still 65 unless disabled or widowed.

Several years ago the maximum income for Tax Rebate was increased to $35,000. This means many of you now qualify for the Tax Rebate. When you have your taxes done, your preparer should ask you for your STAMPED PAID receipts. Copies of these must accompany your return. I’ll be glad to answer any questions you have about this procedure. This rebate is not paid before July 1, 2023.


Have a great month.
Top ‘o the morning to ye,
Sally


April


Spring, is it here yet? They say April Showers bring May flowers. Anything that brings flowers looks good to me today - FDS, Flowers.com, anything or anyone!!

Know anyone turning 65 or ready to stop working? Be sure to let them know about the Medicare 101 sessions offered by the Chester County Library system. We will have an in person session here on Monday, April 10th at 12:45pm. Sign up today! May class is scheduled for Monday May 15th at 7:00pm.

Medicare has recently removed the “Improvement Standard” in determining coverage for maintenance claims requiring skilled care. If you have been denied coverage for a rehab stay between Jan.18, 2011 and Jan. 23, 2014 you may request a re-review of that claim. Forms are available at www.cms.gov. Call me if you have any questions.

April 18th is coming soon. If you haven’t made arrangements to file your tax returns you need to, soon!! As always, if you have any questions, call and I’ll be glad to help you.

It is also time to get your Rent/Tax Rebate form completed. Checks are not mailed until July but the filing time is now. Call me for a list of documents for qualifying. If someone filed your form on a computer last year, they won’t mail you the booklet this year - saving tax dollars! Renters will need to get a Rent Certificate for their landlord to complete before going to their tax preparer. We have them available if you need one. If you are a home owner, you may qualify for the tax rebate as qualifying income amounts are $35,000. Renter qualifying income is $15,000 or less. Take advantage of these benefits to enhance your senior years. Call here for an appointment to have yours completed this year.

With the end of the Food Stamp (SNAP) extension, it is a good time to explore signing up for one or both of our Senior Food Box offerings. Page 11 & 15 lists the boxes that are available. Because of the increase in Social Security, income amounts have been adjusted for both boxes. If you qualify for the Federal SHARE Box, you’ll automatically qualify for the Chester County Senior Box. You must apply in person showing proof of your age and income, so call & make an appointment with me as soon as possible.

Have a great April, watch those puddles!!

Sally


Chester County Food Bank
Chester County Senior Food Box Program (CCSFBP)

Is a county funded program that helps seniors gain access to nutritious foods so they can better improve their health.

If you or someone you know is at least 60 yrs. old and has low income, please register for the CCSFBP box that is available to qualifying seniors each month.

Each box may contain packaged fruit, non-perishable proteins, vegetables, carbyhydraes & dairy!!

Proof of age is required at sign up. There is no charge for this food. If you qualify then CCSFBP Box can be picked up the 1st Monday of every month between 1:00-3:00pm.

 

 

FREE FOOD FOR SENIORS

Commodity Supplemental Food Program
PA SENIOR FOOD BOX PROGRAM

What do you need to know to be eligible?

  • If you are 60 years of age or older.
  • If your total household income is below 130%.
    • Household 1 person: Monthly income $1,580
    • Household 2 people: Monthly income $2,187

What will you receive in the food box

  • FRUITS & JUICES: 1 juice & 3 fruits or 1 juice, 2 fruits, 1 raisin
  • VEGETABLES: 6-8 vegetables & dehydrated potatoes
  • CHEESE: 2-pound block
  • MILK: 2 UHT milk –32 oz each
  • MEAT, POULTRY & FISH: 1 beef or 1 chili & 1 poultry or fish
  • PLANT-BASED PROTEIN: 3 peanut butter, canned beans, dry beans, or lentils
  • CEREALS: 2 dry, farina, rolled oats or grits
  • PASTA & RICE: 2 pasta or white/brown rice

For more information and qualifications for either/both programs

contact

Sally Arter

(610) 932-5244
12 East Locust Street
Oxford, PA 19363

 

 


 

WHAT IS INFORMATION & ASSISTANCE?

From time to time we all know we need information but have no idea how to find answers.

   

REFER WEB

The Chester County Department of Human Services is pleased to introduce Refer Web, an Information and Referral web-based application. Simply visit their website at www.chesco.org/human. Once on the site, locate the Refer Web icon, click on it and start searching.

 

WHO IS SALLY ARTER?

Sally is the Center's very own Information & Assistance Specialist. Her responsibilities included helping you find the answers to your questions.

 

 

 
   

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