Senior citizens are eligible for many benefits which can help them pay for items and services used regularly. Many of these benefits aren’t well known, and they often go unused for that reason. More than $20 billion in annual benefits taken advantage of, simply because seniors don’t realize that they’re available. The National Council on Aging launched a service called Benefits Checkup to teach seniors about their benefit entitlements. This service has helped seniors find $22.5 billion in unclaimed benefits. These benefits help seniors pay for everything from medication to food to transportation to utilities to help around the house. If you’re a senior, here are nine very valuable benefits that you may not realize you can get.
1) Free and Reduced Fare on Public Transit
Many public transit systems throughout the United States offer free or reduced fares for seniors. For example, seniors who are 65 or older qualify for reduced fares on New York City’s subways and buses. To get this reduced fare, you’ll have to fill out an application and mail it to the NYC Transit Reduced Fare Service Center in Manhattan. Within two to four weeks, you’ll be sent a refillable MTA Reduced-Fare MetroCard. There are many major public transit authorities that offer these discounts, from the CTA in Chicago to the Metro in Los Angeles. Check your local public transit’s website, and see if they have senior discounts. If you can’t find the information on their website, try giving your local transit office a call. If you use public transit often, these discounts could save you a ton of money each year.
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