Auto Insurance Discounts
Pennsylvania has a mandated discount
on auto insurance for older drivers who complete a mature driver
improvement course. The American Association of Retired Persons
(AARP) and American Automobile Association (AAA) conduct two courses
approved for this program. Persons 55 years of age and over are
eligible for the discount.
American Association of Retired Persons
55 ALIVE/Mature Driving
225 Market Street, Suite 502
Harrisburg, PA 17101
American Automobile Association
1275 York Road
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Bureau of Driver Licensing
P.O. Box 68682
Harrisburg, PA 17106-8682
Reduce fees for senior citizens are available. Contact the Adams County Treasurer's
office in Gettysburg. 337-9833 This program is through the Department of
Agriculture. Fees are half price. $6, or $4 for dogs that are spayed or neutered.
Hunting, Furtaking, and Fishing Licenses
Residents 65 years of age or older may obtain a hunting
license fo $13.00, a lifetime hunting license for $51. a fishing
license for $11.00, and a lifetime fishing license for $51. Proof
of age and residency are required. Licenses area available at local
hardware, sporting goods stores and the Adams County Treasrer's office.
PACE and PACENET help make prescription drugs more affordable by offering reasonable
co-pays to low-income senior citizens.
PACE participants pay just $6 per generic perscription
and $9 for brand-name perscriptions, while those who qualify for
the PACENET program pay $8 for generic drug perscriptions and $15
for brand name drugs.
Annual income limits for PACE are $14,500 for individuals
and $17,000 for married couples; Income limits for PACENET are
$23,500 for individuals and $31,500 for married couples. PACENET
participants must also meet a $40 monthly deductible. Applications
are available at Rep Stephen Maitland's office.
If you are already enrolled in either PACE or PACENET,
the PA Department of Aging has advised that you should carefully
review any infomation about your Medicare benefits that you may
receive in the mail. If you have concerns or questions regarding
Medicare benefits in relation to your PACE/PACENET benefits, call
the PACE Program at 1-800-225-7223. Your PACE/PACENET benefits
will continue and remain unchanged while the changes to the Medicare
prpgram occur over the bext several months. As A PACE or PACENET
enrolle, you will continue to receive the perscription medications
that you need. Also, as long as you are enrolled in PACE/PACENET,
you will not be subject to any premium penalties if you do not
enroll and select a Medicare Part D drug plan by May 15, 2006.
Reduced-Fee Dental Care
Reduced-fee dental care is available through the Senior Dental Care Program
offered by the Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA). More than 1,000 dentist
across the state participate in the program. Reduce-fee dental care is available
to Pennsylvanians age 65 and over who meet the following income guidelines:
$14,500 for individuals and $17,700 for married couples. Also the patient
may not be reciving any other dental assistance. For more information, call
RepMaitland's office or visit PDA online at www.padental.org .
Property Tax/Rent Rebate
The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program provides eligible
seniors with rebates of up to $500 on their annual rent or property
tax bills from 2005. Pennsylvania residents age 65 and older, windows
or widowers age 50 and older or people with permanent disabilities
qualify for the program if
their annual household income does not exceed $15,00 annually.
(Exclude 50 percent of Social Security and railroad retirement
when calculating annual income.) Applications can be abtained from
Rep Maitlands's office.
Senoirs who meet certain income guidelines may qualify for up to 100 percent
forgivness of state income taxes. When When determinig eligibility income,
do not include Social Securit, unemployment or pension payments, in 2005
tax tear, a senior couple earning up to $13,000 paid no state income tax,
while a couple earing $15,250 was eligible foe 10 percent forgiveness of
state taxes. Call Rep. Maitland's office ofr more information or visit the
State Department of Revenue online at www.revenue.state.pa.us .
Reduced Car Registration
Reduced-fee car registration is available at a rate of just $10 to any resident
who is retired and on a fixed income that does not exceed $19,200. Forms
are avaliable at Rep. Maitland's office. Keep in mind that Rep MAitland's
office has a direct connection with Harrisburg and the Pennsylvania Department
of Transportation (PennDOT) that cuts through the red tape and gets certain
PennDOT materials processed quickly and efficiently.
His office can expedite the process of vehicle registration and the request
for handicapped placards.
Bureau of State Parks - 1-888-727-2757
Reduced camping fees at PA state parks are available Sunday through Thursday
for seniors age 65 and older. Admission and use of most state parks is also
Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission -
Reduced admisssion fees to most Pennsylvania State Historical and Museum Commission
museums, sites and properties. (Persons 60 years of age and older)
Some local businesses and fast food restraunts offer senior discounts. Just
ask if they do.