Seniors Outreach - April 22, 2015

Things are changing with new budgets and an election coming soon. We have been notified that as of April 1, 2015, Alberta Monitoring for Health was discontinued. This means that diabetic supplies will not be provided by Special Needs Assistance (SNA) when receipts are submitted.
We have been assured that health and personal supports will remain unchanged under the Special Needs Assistance program. However, as of July 1, 2015, home repair items will no longer be covered under the Special Needs Assistance program. SNA has limits on what is funded under home repairs and often does not cover the entire cost of the repair. The new Home Repair Program, which will operate on a loan basis, will cover more items, and all or most of the cost of repairs. The new program is said to offer more flexibility than currently available under the SNA program. There will be a greater range of allowable home repairs available and the program will be made accessible to all eligible senior homeowners.
Also coming into effect on July 1, 2015, the government is applying a healthcare levy to individuals whose income is $50,000 or more. Those seniors whose income is below this amount will not be affected. In the budget, the government has committed to maintaining the upgrading of healthcare and senior facilities across the province.
Seniors Outreach wants to recognize all who contributed to the photo contest. We received some wonderful submissions and will be compiling a perpetual calendar from the chosen photos for release during Seniors Week. We look forward to continuing to assistance seniors in every way we can.