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#1 georgette

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Posted 02 December 2008 - 10:07 AM

Hi everyone,

This is information I would like to share with other Aussies, and for other members perhaps they can see if their governments have a similar thing.

In Australia, if you are on a concession /pension card and you have scleroderma you qualify for a 17.5% discount on your electricity bill, if you have any medical condition that sees you unable to regulate your own body temperature or breathing difficulties you automatically qualify for this concession.

This discount is only for 6 months of the year from November through April (6 months). You can send me a PM and I will give you the 800 number to call and you ask for a 'medical cooling concession' form. You then get your doctor to write in scleroderma and you are done. 17.5% is worth chasing up.

Hope this info helps towards your summer comfort and family budget.

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Posted 02 December 2008 - 10:18 PM

We don't have anything like that in the UK but then they would have to pay us for most of the year since it always seems to be cold here. I know that my heating bills are quite large because of trying to keep warm. I have that many layers on I look like a Michelin Tyre Man :rolleyes:

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 04:09 AM

That is awesome!!! We have something like that here in the US if you make too much money you don't qualify. But if you are on disability or food stamps and on welfare you can get help. But if your in limbo like I am you can't get help. Sam
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#4 georgette

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 09:33 AM

Hi , yeah Sam, its tough if you are an 'in the middle' income earner bracket, too much to qualify but not enough to be classified as rich you just struggle along.

Jensue , just a thought here but you may have this type of thing in the UK , the reason I say this is because the government here does not advertise these discounts at all it is only by word of mouth that this news gets around, it might pay you to do a web search on UK concession discounts, or ring your electricity supplier and ask them directly .....worth a phone call , and when I rang my electricity company, yeah it was right , done ! 17.5% discount ....good luck

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 06:26 PM

Thanks for the info Georgette, I called the number you gave. I do think they are quite crafty though, 17.5% discount for 3 months only during the summer months. We don't need the heating on during the summer months only the winter. Oh well, better than nothing, they are sending me a form in the mail.

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 09:49 PM

G'day ced , I don't know who you spoke to but that discount is from November through to April, that is 6 months, that is so we can run our air conditioners through spring and summer months. You might need to ring back and check that out .

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 05:42 AM

Hi georgette!

This offering for utility help is definitely a good thing for all who live in Australia and need assistance.

I hope that all who qualify get the help they deserve...in whatever form they can.

It's a shame more help isn't available for more folks...or maybe it just isn't that easy to locate?

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 07:09 AM

In the U.S. it varies state by state. So in the U.S. everyone with Raynaud's and/or systemic scleroderma should call their local utility company to see what they offer. It is not always tied to income level; there are separate programs through Health and Human Services departments, in some states, to assist with utility bills.
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Posted 04 December 2008 - 04:27 PM

Just as an example of what Shelley said, where I live (SF bay area), a diagnosis of scleroderma automatically qualifies you for the local utility company's medical program. What this means is the number of units billed at the "base rate" is doubled, thus potentially lowering the cost of gas/electricity. The application for the program can be downloaded/printed from the company's website, and all that's needed is a doctor's signature. Income level is not a consideration.

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Posted 05 December 2008 - 05:49 AM

A great learning thread! Thanks for more information, Shelley and Judith.

Hopefully, there are more of us who can benefit from this!

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 03:50 AM

I live in Connecticut and have gas for heat my home...I have called Yankee Gas who is the supplier and they do not offer any discounts for anything...the only thing they offer is a medical protection so that the gas would not be shut off in case I could not pay my bill...
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Posted 07 December 2008 - 02:02 PM

Hi Georgette

I rang the 1800 number, but it is not available in my area. Also I have a friend who works for the electricity company in my town (Rockhampton, Queensland) and she said they don't have that concession here....so maybe it depends what state you live in. It was worth a try anyway.

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 05:35 PM

Hi Helen,
I only just received the form for the concession the other day, the form was sent from the Department of Human Services, maybe you could try them in Queensland (QLD).

Take care
Celia