first_imgDirector Sean O’Brien with Alaska’s Division of Public Assistance detailed the biggest change in the program. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula’s growing senior population is just one of the areas that will feel the brunt of cuts to the Alaska Senior Benefits Payment Program that went into effect Tuesday. O’Brien: “Unfortunately the Senior Benefits Program had to be cut from the current top-tier income bracket, which those individuals were receiving $125 per month, down to $47 per month. And that cut is effective March 1 as a result of budget reductions that occurred during state fiscal year last year.” The cuts to the program do not affect the lowest income participants. The Division made the decision to slash the benefits to the highest tier of participants in the program in the hopes that they would feel the cuts the least.center_img The statewide program which pays cash benefits to Alaskan seniors with low to moderate incomes has seen a four to six percent increase in applications over the last five years. The Division estimates that approximately 5,300 seniors across Alaska will be impacted by those cuts. Around 1,100 seniors in the Kenai area are enrolled in the program, but it was not immediately available how many of those are in the top tier, which will feel the greatest cuts.last_img

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