Resources are available in New Jersey to help you when you need it and AARP wants you to help you utilize them. Find out how programs that AARP partners with or sponsors can help you in and around New Jersey.
What is it? – A defensive driving course focusing on the rules of the road, driving situation techniques, and how to handle aggressive drivers. Those who enroll may be eligible for a discount of 5% on car insurance.
Who can use it? – Everybody! ($12 for members, $14 for non-members)
For More Information – To sign up, call 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669) or visit www.aarp.org/drive.
What is it? – A free tax assistance and preparation service to help individuals file their taxes.
Who can use it? – Everybody! But it is especially geared toward moderate- and low-income taxpayers over 65 years old. (Free service)
For more information – To sign up, call 1-888-OUR-AARP (1-888-687-2277) or visit www.aarp.org/taxaide.
New Jersey Prescription Drug Price Registry
What is it? – A service that saves you money by providing a list of 150 of the most commonly prescribed drugs and what they cost at pharmacies throughout New Jersey.
Who can use it? – Everybody!
For More Information – Contact the Division of Consumer Affairs at 1-800-242-5846 or visit www.njdrugprices.nj.gov.
Long Term Care (LTC): Global Options
What is it? – Provides assistance and information to caregivers and those in need of long term support through an AARP-supported program, Global Options.
Who can use it? – Anybody who is a caregiver or in need of Long Term Care service.
For More Information – Call 1-877-222-3737, and your call will be routed to your County Area Office on Aging where you can ask about available assistance for you or your loved one. Or visit www.state.nj.us/health/senior/go.shtml.
Energy Assistance Programs
(NJ SHARES, AHA)
What is it? – Programs that assist individuals with energy-related public benefits such as electric and gas utility bills.
Who can use it? – These programs are primarily for modest to moderate income and/or disabled individuals.
For More Information– Call Affordable Housing Alliance (AHA) at 732-389-2204 or go to www.housingall.org. If your service is already shut off, call NJSHARES at 1-866-657-4273.
Property Tax Relief
What is it? – A program that provides tax relief to those eligible.
Who can use it? – This is specifically for the 65 years and older households with less than $70k in household income.
For more information – Call 1-800-882-6597 or visit www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/propfrez.shtml.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
(SNAP, formerly known as food stamps)
What is it? – A public benefit to assist in paying for food.
Who can use it? – Low-income individuals or families. There are certain income eligibility requirements.
For more information – Call 1-800-687-9512.
Affordable Care Act
What is it? – Health Exchanges for those under 65. Open enrollment will start October 1st.
Who can use it? – People without health insurance who are under 65.
For more information– Visit http://healthlawguide.aarp.org/.