Dear Friends & Neighbors,

It is my great pleasure to provide you the first edition of Senior Connection. This newsletter will keep you informed of important state policies, available local community resources, and other issues that affect our senior residents.

As your state representative, I remain committed to ensuring our seniors know their rights and have access to needed services. I have found that many of our seniors are very independent but need some in-home services such as minor home repairs, financial planning, home health care services, transportation, recreation, and socialization to help maintain their independence. In our district, we continue to connect individuals and their families with such services and supports.

Please join us in the upcoming months when I will host Senior Law Day and the 31st Assembly District Symposium on Aging in Place. These events bring all senior services together to one location and allow residents to access the information they need for themselves or a loved one. As always feel free to call or stop by my district office if I can be of assistance.

My warmest wishes,
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Assemblywoman Michele Titus

Senior Services
Important Telephone Numbers

Assemblywoman Michele Titus
718-327-1845

NYC Citizen Service Center
311

NYS Senior Citizen Hotline
800-342-9871

EPIC Hotline
800-332-3741

Social Security Administration
800-772-1213

Medicaid
800-541-2831

Medicare
800-772-1213

Ocean Bay CDC
718-945-8640

South Ozone Park CDC
718-738-9200

JCCRP
(Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula)
718-327-7755

Margaret Community Corp.
718-471-3724

WRAP Program
(Weatherization Referral and Packaging)
718-337-2454

Health Stat
(NYC Insurance Access Program)
888-692-6116

HEAP
(Home Energy Assistance Program)
800-342-3009

City Meals-on-Wheels
212-687-1234

Consumer Fraud
212-416-8000

NYC Human Resources Administration
877-472-8411

Legal Aid Society
718-286-2450

NYS Veteranís Affairs
888-838-7697

Attain Lab (Advanced Technology Training and Information Network)
718-725-3385

Elderly Crime Victims Resource Center
311

Wakefield Senior Center
718-641-0454

Jamaica Service for Older Adults
718-657-6500

JSPOA Rockaway Blvd. Center
718-657-6468

Victims of Elder Abuse
800-621-HOPE

United Hindu Cultural Council Senior Center
718-323-8900

Robert Couche Senior Citizen Center
718-978-8352

JASA- Rockaway Park Senior Center
718-471-3200

JASA-Brookdale Village Senior Center
718-945-0400





Making It Easier to Get Around Free Accessible Transportation
Located at: 443 Beach 54th Street, Arverne, NY 11692 • Phone: 718-945-8640

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Delivering improved transportation was the promise Assemblywoman Michele Titus kept for her seniors in the district. Too often seniors remain at home. Now residents can make a telephone call and receive door to door transportation free of charge throughout the Peninsula. This spring, Ocean Bay Community Development Corp. unveiled the new senior van that was funded by Assemblywoman Titus. The van is available to seniors 60 years and older and is handicapped accessible. The positive community feedback lets us know that we are responding to the needs of our residents.

For more information please contact the Ocean Bay CDC office at 718-945-8640.

Assemblywoman Michele Titus hosts 3rd Annual Senior Coffee Hour

Every summer, Assemblywoman Titus travels the district hosting coffee hours at our local senior centers and senior clubs. Assemblywoman Titus utilizes such visits to listen to her constituents, address concerns, and discuss senior resources in the community. ďOur seniors have worked all their lives and have stood in the front line in protecting and nurturing our community. That is why my office is your link to all services, resources and organizations to alleviate the unnecessary stress that can occur,Ē stated Titus.

For making this yearís Senior Coffee Hour a success we want to thank:

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Do you need help heating your home?

Stay Warm with HEAP

HEAP offers numerous benefits to help New York residents with their heating costs during the cold winter days and nights. It provides assistance to supplement a householdís annual energy costs, by helping to pay for: electricity, propane, natural gas, wood, oil, kerosene, coal or any other heating fuel. It also offers an emergency benefits program to New Yorkers who are facing a heat related energy emergency and do not have the resources available to resolve the crisis. Additionally, HEAP offers a furnace repair and/or replacement benefit for households with inoperable heating equipment. Eligible households that pay for fuel can receive up to $700 and apartment dwellers can receive $40 to $50 depending on the type of fuel.

During the cold winter months, itís critical that every home has heat. Severe winter weather and a poor economy pose serious risks to working families struggling to make ends meet and the elderly on fixed incomes. To help those vulnerable households meet their home-heating needs this winter, I strongly encourage eligible residents to sign up for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). Families should not have to choose between paying for necessary medicines, putting food on the table or heating their homes.

Once again I am happy to announce that every Wednesday, beginning December 16, 2009; you can stop by my office to speak to a HEAP Representative. The HEAP official will offer consultation in filling out the applications and answering all the questions that you might have about the programs and benefits that HEAP offers.

For more information or to schedule an appointment call my office at 718-322-4958,
contact the OTDA toll-free hotline at 800-342-3009,
or visit www.myBenefits.ny.gov.

Make Informed Health Care Decisions

Eliminate the Worry of Long-Term Care
The New York State Partnership for Long-Term Care brings private insurance providers and Medicaid together to assist individuals in preparing for needing a nursing home or other long-term health care. If seniorsí income qualifies them while on Medicaid and the duration of the care exceeds their private insurance coverage, their assets will be protected and they will be able to maintain their financial independence. More information can be found at www.ins.state.ny.us or by calling 800-342-3736.

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Have Trusted Family or Friends Make Decisions on Your Medical Treatment
The New York Health Care Proxy allows you to select a trusted adult family member or friend to make medical decisions in the event that you are unable to do so, including whether or not to provide life-sustaining treatment. By selecting a Health Care Agent, you determine how much authority they have over your medical decisions. Information about living wills and health care proxy forms are available by calling my office.

Get the Info You Need When Seriously ILL
When you or a family member are diagnosed with a serious illness, learn your health care rights and how to make sure your insurance coverage is adequate by calling the New York State Insurance Department at 866-694-6743 or logging on to www.insurancehelpny.com.

New Online Resources to Help You with Health Care Decisions
To help find a doctor thatís right for you and your family visit the New York State Physician Profile Website www.nydoctorprofile.com

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Enhanced Drivers License
The Enhanced Driver License can be used instead of a passport for some land/sea travel

At the Beginning June 1, 2009 the federal law changed to require most U.S. citizens to present a valid passport or other approved document to enter the United States at all land and sea border crossings between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean.

If you are planning to travel to any of these destinations by land or sea, an enhanced driver license (EDL) or enhanced non-driver photo ID card (ENDID) will be an acceptable form of identification to enter the U.S. The fee for the enhanced card is $30.00.

You can obtain the new license at any New York State Department of Motor Vehicles office (DMV). You must apply in person. You can wait to get an EDL or ENDID when your current License or ID expires, or you may apply for an EDL as part of an early renewal that extends the expiration date of your current license.

Another option for land and sea border travel is the U.S. passport card. The wallet size passport card is convenient and less expensive than the passport book, and cost $45.00 for the first time adult applicant. A new U.S. passport can cost more than $100.00. It is important to note that a U.S. passport card, EDL or ENDID will not take the place of a passport book for international travel by air.

For more information you can go to www.nydmv.state.ny.us/edl-main.htm or call the Enhanced Drivers License Helpline at 518-474-9981.

Introducing The New Prescription Saver Card

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New York State is now accepting applications for the new prescription saver card which Assemblywoman Michele Titus helped create last year. (Ch. 58 of 2008). The Prescription Saver Card is a free pharmacy discount card which will help eligible New Yorkers that are disabled or aged 50 to 64 afford their prescription medications. Intended to make medicines more affordable, the program will offer participants significant discounts on thousands of prescriptions medication, with savings of more than 60% on generic drugs and 30% on brand name drugs.

Reports have shown that many individuals aged 50 to 64 are more likely than any other group to be uninsured. This group tends to be uninsured because they are not yet eligible to receive Medicaid and are at a higher risk for employment layoffs. This card will assist those individuals as well as those individuals of any age that are disabled.

To learn more about the Prescription Saver Card program or to apply, visit http://nyprescriptionsaver.fhsc.com or call 800-788-6917. TTY users should call 1-800-290-9138. Applications are also available at pharmacies.

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