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Old 07-30-2006, 04:57 PM
 
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Can anyone offer any information on benefits for Senior Citizens in NC or more specifically in the Charlotte area. For example, in NJ there are programs where senior citizens can apply to receive credits toward their utilities (electric, gas, etc). Also, NJ has a prescription drug assistance program that is free to seniors who qualify and they pay only $5 or $10 dollars for most drugs. My husband and I are planning to relocate and are hoping my parents will also make the move. Any info you can share will be appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 07-30-2006, 07:14 PM
 
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No one has any info to offer?
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Old 07-31-2006, 09:40 AM
 
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No one has any info to offer?
I've been trying to find out the same info. Not a good sign maybe they don;t have anything
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Old 07-31-2006, 12:10 PM
 
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Can anyone offer any information on benefits for Senior Citizens in NC or more specifically in the Charlotte area. For example, in NJ there are programs where senior citizens can apply to receive credits toward their utilities (electric, gas, etc). Also, NJ has a prescription drug assistance program that is free to seniors who qualify and they pay only $5 or $10 dollars for most drugs. My husband and I are planning to relocate and are hoping my parents will also make the move. Any info you can share will be appreciated. Thanks!
Call the utilities direct. Ask them
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Old 07-31-2006, 01:21 PM
 
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I tried finding information on the subject when I first moved here and found nothing. I have accepted the fact that NC is not a leader in helping seniors.
This is not to say they don't help, just that I was unable to find anything.
As for medications many times the Pharmaceutical companies will help through free or reduced meds for those who qualify. Try contacting them directly.
BTW, veterans can get reduced meds for $8 and medical help.
Don
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Old 07-31-2006, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Charlotte,NC, US, North America, Earth, Alpha Quadrant,Milky Way Galaxy
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No one has any info to offer?
I believe there's some benefits on property taxes (RE and vehicle). I have something here that I saw that on, I'll dig it up and post it for you.
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Old 07-31-2006, 05:57 PM
 
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Can anyone offer any information on benefits for Senior Citizens in NC or more specifically in the Charlotte area. For example, in NJ there are programs where senior citizens can apply to receive credits toward their utilities (electric, gas, etc). Also, NJ has a prescription drug assistance program that is free to seniors who qualify and they pay only $5 or $10 dollars for most drugs. My husband and I are planning to relocate and are hoping my parents will also make the move. Any info you can share will be appreciated. Thanks!
Hey there LHBR702-was not sure where to post this as you have it in SC too? Anywho...I will not claim to be an expert...I am only sharing with you what I have found out. We live in SC (right across the NC stateline)....when my parents decided they were going to leave CA and come here too...I started checking out senior services for SC...what I found out was that there was not much. My parents are on a fixed income (with a small pension) with no house to cash out from in CA, nor any savings to speak of. My Father who has various chronic conditions and takes a ton of medicine had a HMO as a supplement to his Medicare (to mainly help with medication cost) while in CA. In South Carolina they did not offer this program. While I was so excited that they had decided to make the move....it was quickly becoming clear to me that an unexpected twist was now going to squash them moving out here. I then started checking into North Carolina....they too (NC) do have much to offer either but it was more than SC had. I am trying to make this as short as possible (without all the ups and downs we had) but the end result was they are now covered under Partners Medicare (Partners Heath Plans of NC). I can not say enough good things about this company (the level of service is excellent, the care they show my parents, I could go on and on about how they have helped them and how happy they/we are). Other items such as discounts for seniors...if you own a home (exempt portions of their property from taxes...but you do have to be under a certain income level, etc.)

Below are some sites you might want to check out:

http://www.stateline.org/live/ViewPa...ontentId=94035
(broken link)
http://www.ncsl.org/programs/health/drugaid.htm
http://www.retirementliving.com/RLtaxes.html
http://www.cbpp.org/3-6-06sfp-pr.htm

although I have called the phone company numerous times they did not offer anything, I called the electric company (they only offer a delay in payment if they are unable to pay...and they can no longer shut the power off). Lastly there are Senior Centers that are located in the Charlotte-Meck. are you might check out: (http://www.charlotteseniorcenters.org/ (broken link))

Again not an expert in anyway just trying to share some of the things that we have found out along the way.

Good luck to you!

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Old 07-31-2006, 06:49 PM
 
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Thanks, love, I appreciate the info. I'm glad to hear that your parents made the move and have been able to get some assistance through the program you mentioned. I too am hoping my parents can make the move with us because I really want to stay close to them, especially as they get older. I posted in both North and South Carolina because we are considering both. I will check into those sites you listed. Again, thanks a lot!
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Old 07-31-2006, 08:00 PM
 
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Thanks, love, I appreciate the info. I'm glad to hear that your parents made the move and have been able to get some assistance through the program you mentioned. I too am hoping my parents can make the move with us because I really want to stay close to them, especially as they get older. I posted in both North and South Carolina because we are considering both. I will check into those sites you listed. Again, thanks a lot!

Your very welcome and I have my fingers crossed for both you and yours!
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Old 08-02-2006, 05:48 PM
 
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Hey there LHBR702-was not sure where to post this as you have it in SC too? Anywho...I will not claim to be an expert...I am only sharing with you what I have found out. We live in SC (right across the NC stateline)....when my parents decided they were going to leave CA and come here too...I started checking out senior services for SC...what I found out was that there was not much. My parents are on a fixed income (with a small pension) with no house to cash out from in CA, nor any savings to speak of. My Father who has various chronic conditions and takes a ton of medicine had a HMO as a supplement to his Medicare (to mainly help with medication cost) while in CA. In South Carolina they did not offer this program. While I was so excited that they had decided to make the move....it was quickly becoming clear to me that an unexpected twist was now going to squash them moving out here. I then started checking into North Carolina....they too (NC) do have much to offer either but it was more than SC had. I am trying to make this as short as possible (without all the ups and downs we had) but the end result was they are now covered under Partners Medicare (Partners Heath Plans of NC). I can not say enough good things about this company (the level of service is excellent, the care they show my parents, I could go on and on about how they have helped them and how happy they/we are). Other items such as discounts for seniors...if you own a home (exempt portions of their property from taxes...but you do have to be under a certain income level, etc.)

Below are some sites you might want to check out:

http://www.stateline.org/live/ViewPa...ontentId=94035
(broken link)
http://www.ncsl.org/programs/health/drugaid.htm
http://www.retirementliving.com/RLtaxes.html
http://www.cbpp.org/3-6-06sfp-pr.htm

although I have called the phone company numerous times they did not offer anything, I called the electric company (they only offer a delay in payment if they are unable to pay...and they can no longer shut the power off). Lastly there are Senior Centers that are located in the Charlotte-Meck. are you might check out: (http://www.charlotteseniorcenters.org/)

Again not an expert in anyway just trying to share some of the things that we have found out along the way.

Good luck to you!
oh come on ***...what did you have to delete off my post now?
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