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PCA Helpline helps older adults access benefits

Alicia Colombo

PCA has partnered with Benefits Data Trust to provide benefit screenings for older adults. Those interested can reach a benefits specialist by calling the PCA Helpline at 215-765-9040, then pressing #4 on the Helpline call menu.

Callers can receive a quick screening for potential benefits by answering a few brief questions. If they qualify and would like assistance with applying, applications can also be filled out over the phone. The screenings will verify multiple application requirements including age, income, household and children. Applicants will need to provide copies of documents and identification for some benefits to be enrolled.

See the list of available benefits below.

Direct Application Assistance
• Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
• Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
• Child Care Information Services (CCIS)
• Medicaid/Medical Assistance
• Medicare Savings Program
• PACE/PACENET (prescription assistance for older adults)
• Medicare Extra Help
• Medical Assistance
• Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
• Philadelphia Senior Citizen Real Estate Tax Freeze
• Property Tax/Rent Rebate
• Homestead Exemption
• Earned Income Tax Credit
• Child Care Tax Credit

Additional Benefits
• Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
• Supplemental Security Income (SSI)/Social Security Disability Income (SSDI)
• Unemployment Insurance
• Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

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