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Wielechowski Will Introduce Bill to Extend Senior Benefits Program

(Anchorage, AK) - Senator Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, today announced that he will introduce legislation to reauthorize the state’s Senior Benefits Program.

The Senior Benefits Program offers a monthly stipend to Alaskans 65 and older on limited incomes. Unless it is reauthorized, the program will expire in June 2011.

Wielechowski said reauthorizing this benefit is critical for our seniors. “These are the men and women who raised us, fought for this country and established this state,” said Wielechowski. “It’s our responsibility to make sure they have the extra assistance they may need to stay warm, fed and healthy.”

The current program provides low-income seniors with a monthly stipend ranging from $125 to $250 based on annual income. It was created in 2006 to replace the Longevity Bonus program.

“Today, more than 10,000 low-income seniors rely on their Senior Benefits to make ends meet each month,” Wielechowski said. “We owe it to these pioneers to give them a helping hand when they need it.”

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