MORRISTOWN, NJ - Morris County residents, 65 years of age or older or between the ages of 18-64 and receiving Social Security disability benefits are now able to apply for important benefits from NJSAVE with one application. Prior to this new, on-stop application, individuals had to fill out a paper eligibility application for each program.
The goal of the new online application system, said officials, is to make it easier for older residents with low-incomes and persons with disabilities to apply for benefits and possibly save on Medicare premiums, prescription costs, heating costs, and other living expenses.
“NJSave will help older New Jerseyans and their families with a simpler way to check out the programs and services available to them,” said Carole Johnson, Commissioner of the Department of Human Services.
NJSave enrolls eligible applicants into the following programs:
- Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (PAAD):
- Hearing Aid Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (HAAAD)
- Lifeline Utility Assistance
- Medicare Savings Programs
- Medicare Part D’s Low Income Subsidy (LIS, also known as “Extra Help”)
- Senior Gold Prescription Discount Program
“We are proud to partner with the state on this new online program,’’ said Morris County Director of Human Services Jennifer Carpinteri. “All of our residents’ benefit applications now can be kept in one secure location on your computer to make it easier for you to find your information and update it when needed.’’
“We know new technology can be daunting. If you need help, we urge you to enlist a family member or caregiver to get you started. Once you get used to it, I think you will find the new system makes the benefits process much easier to navigate,’’ said Freeholder Kathy DeFillippo, the county governing board’s liaison on human and social services issues.
View the NJSAVE tutorial vide below:
Under the new system, eligible residents now can fill out the application and submit supporting documents completely online. The application also can be used to screen individuals for numerous savings and assistance programs:
- Universal Service Fund (USF)
- Low-Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
To qualify for the programs, an applicant has to be a resident of New Jersey, meet certain income requirements, and either be 65 years of age or older or between ages 18 and 64 and receiving Social Security disability benefits.
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