August 01, 2007
The Department of Health and Social Services expects about 10,700 seniors will likely qualify for the new program. About 6,700 low-income seniors were enrolled in SeniorCare when the program ended June 30, 2007. To ensure a seamless transition for seniors already enrolled in SeniorCare, the department is working diligently to make sure they apply for the new benefit. New applicants are also encouraged to apply.
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin signed Senate Bill 4 on July 28th to continue support for low-income older Alaskans by adopting the Senior Benefits Program.
"This program continues important assistance to Alaska seniors," Governor Palin said. "I promised that seniors would not go hungry, and we worked with the Alaska Legislature to address this critical need."
Seniors may apply by calling the Senior Benefits Office at 1-888-352-4150 statewide, or 352-4150 in Mat-Su, or seniors may apply using the application available online at www.seniorbenefits.alaska.gov
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