Health Insurance and
Benefits Counseling

 

Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC)
Clinton County Office for the Aging
135 Margaret Street, Suite 105
Plattsburgh, NY 12901-2966
Website:  www.health.state.ny.us/health_care/epic
Tel: (518) 565-4620
Fax: (518) 565-4812
Contact: Marisa Pers
E-mail: Marisa.Pers@clintoncountygov.com
Hours: Monday-Friday 8a.m- 5p.m.
EPIC is a New York State sponsored prescription program for senior citizens who need help paying for their prescriptions. EPIC works with Medicare Part D as a secondary payer. New York State residents can apply if they are 65 or older, and have an annual income of $75,000 or less if single, or $100,000 or less if married. Seniors should make sure their Medicare Part D plan covers their prescription drugs, since EPIC will not pay primary for most medications. Seniors who have retiree benefits should call their benefits department to find out if they qualify for Part D. You can apply at any time during the year. Call 1-800-332-3742 or go on-line.
                                        

Health Insurance Information, Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP)
Clinton County Office for the Aging
135 Margaret Street, Suite 105
Plattsburgh, NY 12901-2966
Website: www.hiicap.state.ny.us
Tel: (518) 565-4620
Fax: (518) 565-4812
Contact: Marisa Pers
E-mail: Marisa.Pers@clintoncountygov.com 
Debra Rheome
E-mail:
Debra.Rheome@clintoncountygov.com
Ronald Gist

E-Mail: Ronald.Gist@clintoncountygov.com

Hours: Monday- Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
This program is designed to assist older New York State residents acquire unbiased information about health insurance options.
HIICAP works directly with Medicare Beneficiaries to educate them about the Medicare Program, Medigap policies, Medicaid, Medicare Advantage Plans, Long-term Care Insurance, Low-Income Subsidy Programs, employer-sponsored insurance, and other health insurance programs that are available in New York State.
Trained HIICAP counselors located in the Clinton County Office for the Aging are available to answer your questions and help you access benefits.
A HIICAP Counselor may be able to come to your home if you are unable to visit the Office for the Aging. 
Call JCEO’s Senior Outreach Program at 561-6310.

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
Clinton County Office for the Aging
135 Margaret Street, Suite 105
Plattsburgh, NY 12901-2966
Website; www.otda.state.ny.us
Tel: (518) 565-4620
Fax: (518) 565-4812
Contact: Debbie Rheome
Email: Debra.Rheome@clintoncountygov.com
Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Home Energy Assistance Program provides direct payment toward heating bills for low-income individuals and families. It is administered by local social services departments for people under 60 and individuals who receive Food Stamps. The  local Offices for the Aging serves people age 60 and over. You can begin applying for HEAP benefits in November each year. HEAP provides grants on a first come first serve basis until the funds provided for each heating season run out.
If you received HEAP through the Office for the Aging one year, an application will be sent to you automatically for the following year.  If you believe that you may be eligible, an application can be sent to you upon request.
We are happy to answer any questions you may have about the program or about filling out your application.
A Senior Outreach Worker may be able to come to your home to assist you if you are unable to visit the Office for the Aging.  Call JCEO’s Senior Outreach Program at 561-6310.
Home repairs and weatherization may be available to those who qualify for HEAP. See link for Home Repairs and Weatherization.
Emergency services are available for families in no-heat situations.

Life Line Telephone Discount
Clinton County Office for the Aging

135 Margaret Street, Suite 105
Plattsburgh, NY 12901-2966
Tel: (518) 565-4620
Contact: Marisa Pers
E-mail: Marisa.Pers@clintoncountygov.com
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Individuals who are eligible for Medicaid, Home Relief, Food Stamps, SSI, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), HEAP or disabled veterans may also be eligible for telephone reductions.

Individuals living in Public Housing can now receive the LifeLine telephone discount even if they are not HEAP eligible, if their income falls within the HEAP guidelines.


Real Property Tax Credit (Circuit Breaker) IT-214
Clinton County Office for the Aging
135 Margaret Street, Suite 105
Plattsburgh, NY 12901-2966
Tel: (518) 565-4620
Fax: (518) 565-4812
Contact: Marisa Pers
E-mail: Marisa.Pers@clintoncountygov.com
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Home owners whose gross income is $18,000 or less may qualify for a reduction in taxes if they have lived in the same residence for six months or more and the home has a current market value of $85,000 or less.

Renters whose gross income is $18,000 or less and whose average monthly rent is $450 or less, (not counting charges for heat, gas, electricity, furnishings or board) and who have occupied the residence for 6 months or more may qualify.