Hunting and Fishing Licenses Older Pennsylvanians may purchase yearly yearly hunting and fishing licenses at reduced rates of $13.70 for a hunting license and $11.70 for a fishing license. Lifetime licenses are available at $51.70 for hunting and $51.70 $51. 70 for fishing. fishi ng. If you purchased a senior lifetime license before Jan. 1, 1, 1991, 1991, you you are not required required to purchase purchase a trout stamp. If you purchased a senior lifetime license after Jan. 1, 199 1991, 1, you are required to purchase a trout stamp for $9.70.
Please contact your local Area Agency on Aging to obtain current local fees and eligibility requirements.
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Dog Licenses In most counties, senior citizens may purchase dog licenses for reduced fees, paying lower fees for spayed or neutered dogs than for productive dogs. Lifetime licenses are available for a one-time fee. To qualify for a lifetime dog license, the dog must be tattooed with a number on the right hind leg, upper part of inner thigh. The tattooist’s fee is additional. Contact your county courthouse for current local fees.
Transportation Services People 65 or older can take advantage of free transit service on local established routes for buses, trollies and rapid transit lines with appropriate identification. For more information contact: Free Transit Program for Senior Citizens Bureau of Public Transportation 400 North St., 6th Floor P. O. Box 3151 3151 Harrisburg, PA 17105-3151 Phone: (717) (717) 783-8025 Area agencies agencies on on aging also provide transportation for for older people who have special needs, or live in areas where regular mass t ransit services are not available. You You can use this service for rides to senior centers, medical appointments and social agencies.
Voting If you are unable to go to your your local polling place to vote because of illness or disability, you can vote by absentee ballot. Call my office for details.
Jesse White CAPITOL OFFICE: 102B East Wing • P.O. Box 202046 Harrisburg, PA 17120-2046 Phone: (717) 783-6437 • Fax: (717) 780-4781 DISTRICT OFFICES: Cecil: 3855 Millers Run Road P.O. Box 285 • Cecil, PA 15321 Phone: (724) 746-3677 • Fax: (724) 746-3799 Burgettstown: 1425 Burgettstown Plaza #5 Burgettstown, PA 15021 Phone: (724) 947-4422 • Fax: (724) 947-5386 Canton Township: 2403 Jefferson Ave. • Suite C Washington, PA 15301 Phone: (724) 222-4192 • Fax: (724) 222-4194 WEBSITE: www.pahouse.com/white
UPDATES & INFORMATION
Please take the time to read this information and save the brochure for future reference. These programs were designed with you in mind, so don’t hesitate to take full advantage of them. If you have any questions or would like more information on any of the services listed in this pamphlet, feel free to call my office or the local Area Agency on Aging. These numbers are listed on the back cover.
Reduced Automobile Registrations
PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF AGING
Under this program certain retired people can register their vehicles for an annual $10 fee, instead of the usual $36. You are eligible if you are retired on a fixed income under $19,200. You can get the necessa ry forms fr om a local notary public, area agencies on aging, or: Pa. Bureau of Motor Vehicles • 1101 S. Front St. P. O. Box 68269 • Harrisburg, PA 17106 1-800-932-4600
The prime source for information on services and programs that benefit older adults in Pennsylvania is the Department of Aging. This depart ment operates 52 agencies serving all 67 counties in the state. Here’s a sample of what the depar tment can do for you: Telephone Reassurance – someone will call you every day to ask about your needs and to bring you up to date on community events. Transportation – rides can be provided to your doctor’s office or to a social service agency. The department also can help you with employment, placement and casework services, information on senior centers and clubs in your area , adult day care centers, and much more. For more information, contact your local agency (the address is listed on the back cover) or the state office at: Pa. Department of Aging • Forum Place, 555 Walnut St. Harrisburg, PA 17101-1919 • (717) 783-1550
REBATES, DISCOUNTS & OTHER BENEFITS People 65 or older are entitled to certain discounts and rebates from the state. Here are some ways to save money: Prescription Assistance The Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly, or PACE, which is funded by the state lottery, pays for all but the first $6 of medicines ($9 for brand-name drugs) prescribed by a physician. If you are 65 or older and have lived in Pennsylvania for at least 90 days and have an annual income up to $14,500 if you are single or $17,700 if you are married, you may be eligible for this program. Seniors whose incomes exceed those limits and earn up to $23,500 for individuals and $31,500 for married couples receive benefits under a second tier called the Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly Needs Enhancement Tier or PACENET. To receive benefits under PACENET, seniors first must pay a monthly premium – about $32 per person. PACENET then pays all but the first $8 for generic drugs and $15 for brand-name drugs prescribed by a physician. You can obtain an application for this program by contacting my office or your local Area Agency on Aging, senior citizen center or pharmacy. If you have questions about PACE, call 1-800-225-PACE. For use with telecommunications devices for the deaf, call 1-800-222-9004.
Property Tax/Rent Rebate People 65 or older, or widowed and 50 or older, with limited incomes may be eligible to receive a partial refund for property taxes or rent payments made during a calendar year. When calculating their total household income, seniors may exclude half of their Social Security or federal Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits. Depending on income, rent and tax costs, rebates can be as high as $650, or even higher if you live in Pittsburgh, Scranton or Phil adelphia, or if your property taxes are at least 15 percent of your income. Rebate application forms are available at my office, the state Revenue Department or by writing to: Pa. Department of Revenue Property Tax or Rent Rebate P.O. Box 280503 Harrisburg, PA 17128-0503 Phone (717) 787-8201/