The UJO provides the following assistance to Senior Citizens:
Comprehensive case management both in-home and at our 32 Penn Street office
Assistance with entitlement eligibility, applications, documentation, enrollment and recertification (including Food Stamps, Social Security, SSI, Medicaid, Medicare)
Determination of health insurance eligibility and completion of applications for Epic, Social Security, Family Health Plus, Healthy NY, SSI and SSD benefits, and secondary insurance; assistance with discontinuing coverage with unwanted HMOs, grievances, appeals, re-certifications, transfers, exemptions, exclusions, avoiding fraud and finding an appropriate plan. If necessary UJO Legal Services provides assistance with hearings and representation to ensure receipt of necessary benefits.
Assistance with medication payments if not covered by insurance, help with Medicare Part D and other drug plan management, completion of Medicare Savings Program application for those eligible to avoid the Medicare deduction from monthly Social Security benefits, and applications for Medicaid burial funds.
Help obtaining rehabilitation services for patients discharged from the hospital and short- and long-term Home Care services, and submitting documentation required to get maximum assistance, through collaboration with the Consumer Directed Personal Attendant Program (CDPAP) and New York City’s Department for the Aging (DFTA).
Assistance with outpatient needs including access to medical supplies, applications for home attendants, home doctor’s visits, extended home care and legal services when necessary, and financial assistance with short-term housekeeping and chore assistance/personal services
Collaboration with METROPAIR, a service from The New York Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, for minor home repairs for senior citizens
Intake and completion of applications for holocaust benefits and emergency assistance for low income holocaust survivors through the Hungarian Gold Train. A UJO caseworker makes a home visit and applies on behalf of the client for medical funding to cover needs such as dentures, hearing aids, appliances, food, doctor’s visits and transportation not covered by Medicaid, Medicare, or other insurance. UJO also provides assistance with completion of yearly Life Certificates for Article II and Weidergutmachung, and completion and submission of forms and documentation for Ghetto Pensions and Hardship funds (for holocaust survivors not receiving Weidergutmachung).
Cooperate with and act as liaison to governments and foreign embassies of seniors’ countries of origin
Legal services located at our 32 Penn Street office
Completion of applications for Access-a-Ride and MTA reduced fare and transportation arrangements for doctor’s visits, therapy and other medical appointments
Daily and weekend (Shabbos) meal delivery via Meals-on-Wheels and delivery of food from local groceries or pickup at the UJO Food Pantry
Assistance with applications for Lifeline (a discounted phone service), SCRIE (rent assistance for seniors), PANIC Medic-alert button for the homebound, and NYSARC Pool Trust for those over the income limit for Medicaid
Assistance with other services such as legal name changes, obtaining foreign birth certificates, heating and energy assistance, obtaining stimulus payment (tax rebate), completion and notarization of Power of Attorney and Health Proxy forms, applications for Medicaid burial funds