State Legislation Affecting Our Seniors
By Rep. Dan Ortiz
August 03, 2018
The Senior Benefits Payment Program (formerly known as the Longevity Bonus created in 1972) passed during session and was signed into law by the governor earlier this summer. The Senior Benefits Program provides a modest monthly cash payment to low-income seniors to help pay for food, heating, electricity, transportation, and prescription medication. It aids nearly 12,000 Alaskans. It was originally expected to end in June of 2018, but will now continue until 2024.
Another bill affecting all people, including our older generations, is the ‘Smoke-Free Workplace’ bill. Our local AARP was in favor of passing the bill; it passed near the end of session and was signed into law earlier this month.
The legislature also passed a bill that protects the privacy and vulnerability of those who report abuse or neglect of an older Alaskan. Certain reporting protocols within the Office of the Long Term Care Ombudsman and the Department of Health and Social Services have been changed to protect the privacy of the complaint while still allowing the State to conduct a thorough and safe investigation.
If you have any questions or concerns about legislative actions taken this past session, feel free to email me at Rep.Dan.Ortiz@akleg.gov or call me at (907) 247-4672.
Rep. Dan Ortiz
Received August 02, 2018 - Published August 03, 2018
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