By State Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Berks/Lehigh)
Older residents, along with their family members and caregivers, are invited to attend my Senior Expo on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This free event will be held at the Lower Macungie Township Community Center, 3450 Brookside Road in Macungie.
Dozens of exhibitors from local, state, and federal agencies, along with a variety of senior-focused organizations, will offer information about programs and services designed to meet the needs of older residents. There will also be free health screenings, a light lunch and door prizes. In addition, we will be playing bingo starting at 12:30 p.m. Please register for bingo online at RepMackenzie.com
or by calling my district office at 610-965-9933.
In addition to our annual expo, my staff and I help seniors year-round in a variety of ways. Something new for 2022 is providing assistance with Medicare open enrollment. Starting Thursday, Oct. 20, our office is partnering with Pennsylvania Medicare Education and Decision Insight (PA MEDI) to offer free counseling regarding the Medicare program. The sessions are limited and by appointment only. Appointments can be scheduled by calling the district office number listed above. The fall Medicare open enrollment period begins on Oct. 15 and ends on Dec. 7.
We host a Senior Day on the third Friday of every month when older residents can stop by the district office, located at 3402 Brookside Road in Macungie, for help in filling out applications for state programs available to them. Seniors are asked to call the district office to schedule an appointment.
One of the most popular programs my office lends a hand with is the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program, which provides eligible seniors and people with disabilities with a rebate based on the property taxes or rent paid during the previous year. Enhanced rebates are available this year thanks to a one-time infusion of additional funds in the 2022-23 Pennsylvania state budget. The deadline to apply for a rebate is Dec. 31.
Another program we can help with is the reduced vehicle registration fee. Retirees with a total income limit of $19,200 could be eligible for a reduced vehicle registration fee of $10 per year through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
The Commonwealth also offers low-cost prescription assistance programs for older adults called PACE and PACENET. Eligibility requirements for the two programs vary slightly, but the underlying requirements are an applicant must be age 65 or older, be a Pennsylvania resident for at least 90 days, and not be enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program. Please contact us for more information.
As always, I am honored to have the privilege of serving seniors and residents of all ages. If there is anything we can do to help you related to a state government-related issue, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Representative Ryan Mackenzie
134th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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