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Robert Tommy Tomlinson
New Genetic Testing Scam Targets Seniors
Seniors, families and caregivers should be aware of a new scam targeting older Pennsylvanians. Taking advantage of the popularity of DNA testing to learn more about family history, scammers are now offering a fraudulent DNA testing service that they claim is covered by Medicare. In reality, it is simply an effort to gain access to a senior’s personal information in order to commit financial fraud.
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging is offering tips to help state residents avoid this scam and others like it. More information is available here.
2019-2020 Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program Closes Oct. 18th
Applications are still being accepted through October 18th for the PA Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program. Funds can be used for construction/renovation, equipment purchase/repair, training, debt reduction and more. Volunteer and career services can apply.
To apply, click here.
REMINDER: Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Still Open
Eligible seniors and individuals with disabilities still have time to apply for rebates on property taxes and rent paid in 2018 through the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. The deadline to submit an application is December 31.
Information and applications for the Property Tax Rent Rebate Program are available online at www.revenue.state.pa.us or by calling toll-free 1-888-222-9190. Property Tax Rent Rebate claim forms and more information are also available at my district office. I encourage local residents to call my office if they have any questions about the program or the application process.
More information on the program is available here.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Approximately one out of every eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, and breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide. October is designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in order to draw more attention to this disease and promote early detection to improve treatment options and patient outcomes.
More information about diagnosis, causes, treatments and early detection is available here.
Department of Health Urges Protection against Ticks, Mosquitos
Fall is a popular time for activities in the outdoors, including hiking, hayrides, apple-picking and a number of sports. The Department of Health recently issued a reminder that tick- and mosquito-borne illnesses still present a danger, and precautions should be taken to protect against these diseases.
Covering exposed skin, wearing lightweight and light-colored clothing, and using insect repellent are some of the easiest ways to protect against ticks and mosquitos. More information is available here.
Fall Marks the Beginning of Flu Season
The flu is a serious respiratory disease that can lead to severe illness and can lead to death. Flu season typically begins during the fall and runs through the winter. Receiving a flu vaccine and taking other precautions are some of the best ways to avoid contracting this dangerous disease.
More information about the flu is available here, including symptoms, vaccinations, prevention and potential complications.
Information Available for Medicare Beneficiaries
Independence Blue Cross and CVS Pharmacies are cooperating on a program to get information out to those on Medicare or will qualify shortly for Medicare benefits. There will be an information kiosk set up from 12 noon to 2:00 PM every Tuesday at the CVS Store at 2250 Bristol Rd, Bensalem – located next to the Shop Rite at Hulmeville and Bristol Rds.
There is no cost to get information and ask questions. A local certified Medicare broker will be available for you at this informal event. Stop by and make sure you are getting all the benefits you are entitled to receive.
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