As the local representatives of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, the AAA implements various programs for older adults and the caregivers throughout Lackawanna County.
The AAA reflects a simple philosophy: to act as advocates for the aging and to serve, protect, enable and empower older adults and persons with disabilities through the provision and continuous improvement of home and community based services.
Find the Best Combination of Prescription Savings for You
People with Medicare – especially those with lower incomes – can find out online how to reduce their prescription costs. The non-profit Access to Benefits Coalition helps seniors or younger persons with disabilities who qualify find ways to save money on their medications. This online service is fast, free and confidential. Click Here to begin saving.
PENNSYLANIA PROPERTY TAX AND RENT REBATE PROGRAM-PA-1000
We will be doing rent rebates for the next few months. This program runs from approximately mid-February through the month of June. It has been extended to December every year for the past eight years but there is no guarantee of that, so it is good to get your application in the mail before the end of June.
In order to file the application for rent rebate you must have your rent certificate filled out by your landlord. If, for some reason, the landlord refuses to fill out the application, we need to file an affidavit telling the Department of Revenue why you think the landlord refused. Your signature on the affidavit has to be notarized. In addition to the certificate, you need proof of all income from 2015. This includes social security, wages, Railroad retirement, dividends, interest, lottery winnings and so on. We cannot do our portion of the application without this information.
For homeowners, instead of the rent certificate you will need copies of paid property tax receipts for the tax year 2015. Your taxes must be paid up to date in order to file for a rebate. In addition, you will need all of the same income documents as previously described.
Other requirements for filing for rebates in this program are:
- 65 or older on December 31, 2015 or
- Married to someone 65 or older on December 31, 2015 or
- A widow or widower during all or part of 2015 and were age 50 or older on Dec 31, 2015 or
- Permanently disabled receiving SSI payments.
Income requirements are:
- Renters $15,000 or less with only 50% of Social Security or Railroad retirement income counted
- Homeowners $35,000 or less per year
- The income amounts are for household annual income
LIFE Geisinger provides additional independence for older individuals
and their caregivers.
APPRISE is the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) for Pennsylvanians on Medicare. The Pennsylvania Department of Aging created APPRISE to help older Pennsylvanians understand their health insurance options under Medicare and make sound decisions about what is best for them.
PHLP is a nationally recognized expert and consultant on access to
health care for low-income consumers, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. For more than two decades, PHLP has engaged in direct advocacy on behalf of individual consumers while working on the kinds of health policy changes that promise the most to the Pennsylvanians in greatest need.
Bill Browning, Acting Executive Director
Phone: 570-963-6740 | Fax: 570-963-6401
Area Agency on Aging
200 Adams Avenue, 3rd Floor
Scranton, PA 18503