Area Agency on Aging
News and Upcoming Events
Code Blue Information
That chilly time of year! is upon us. BRRRR!!!
Here is some Code Blue information to have handy as the chill becomes bitterly cold:
- For Lower, Central and Upper bucks: www.buckshousinglink.org/need-help/
- Upper Bucks Code Blue (www.facebook.com/UpperBucksCodeBlue), posts:...
Upper Bucks Code Blue emergency shelter on the first floor of the Quakertown Masonic Lodge (501 W. Broad St. in Quakertown) will be OPEN Wednesday night, Nov. 29, with our doors opening at 8:30 PM, but CLOSED Thursday night, Nov.
- CSSH they start their Code Blue on Dec 1 and once they are fully staffed
- Lower Bucks AHTN Code Blue runs 12/3 to 3/31 and if fully staffed, as per the website.
LIHEAP (Low-Income Heating Assistance Program)
2023 marks Bucks County Area Agency on Aging's 50th Anniversary!
Don't Lose your Medicaid!
Earlier this year, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania returned to following pre-pandemic guidelines for renewing Medicaid (also known as Medical Assistance) and has reached out to current beneficiaries urging individuals to submit the renewal forms and provide documentation to support their eligibility for Medicaid. Tips to keep your Medicaid Coverage:
- Make sure your address and phone number are up to date with your Medicaid plan. Call the Customer Service Center to check: 1-877-395-8930.
- Check your mail for a renewal form, fill it out and return it. It is very important to complete your renewal form on time. You can also renew by logging on to COMPASS: https://www.compass.state.pa.us/compass.web/Public/CMPHome
- Complete the renewal even if you think you are no longer eligible. This may help you avoid a gap in coverage or care.
- If you receive notice that your Medicaid will end and feel it is not correct, file an appeal to prevent a gap in your Medicaid coverage. You may also reapply for Medicaid at any time.
For more tips and information, read more here: Medicaid Changes
Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program has expanded
Governor Joshua Shapiro signed HB1100 into Law in August 2023, drastically expanding the program. The new law raises the maximum tax rebate from $650 to $1,000; further the income cap for renters and homeowners cap was raised to $45,000 annually, with an outyear tie to cost of living increases. Prior to the new legislation, the income cap for homeowners was $35,000 and $15,000 for renters.
Beginning in mid-January 2024, the PA Department of Revenue will open the filing period for eligible applicants to submit applications on property taxes and rent paid in 2023.
To learn more, we encourage you to visit the Dept. of Revenue's website at: Expansion to Program
Fraud Alert: End of PHE Scam!
There is a new scam charging people $500 to renew their benefits now that the Public Health Emergency is ending. There is never a cost to apply for or renew Medical Assistance benefits.
Fraud Alert: Scam Calls Targeting Older Adults!
There is a recent increase in reports of government imposter scam calls, including some claiming to be from Eldercare Locator. Follow this link to the ACL (Administration for Community Living) Announcement for more details. At the very least, here are some important reminders to keep in mind and share with others:
- The government will never call out of the blue and ask for a Social Security number.
- The government will never ask for payment by gift card or wire transfer.
- Social Security numbers cannot be suspended.
Home Share Program
Report Elder Abuse
Bucks County Area Agency on Aging: 50th Anniversary!
Public Hearing Fiscal Year 2023/2024 Plan & Budget
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