Gas vouchers available for medical trips


By Kay Kaylor

Special to The SUN

The San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is offering $20 gas vouchers for people who need help with fuel costs for nonemergency medical trips to Durango, Tierra Amarilla, N.M., and Farmington, N.M.

To qualify for a gas voucher, participants must be age 60 and older, and a priority and preference is given to low- and very low-income individuals. The main purpose of the trip must be medically related, such as nonemergency medical or doctor appointments and picking up medications from pharmacies.

The participant may choose to use a volunteer driver. This may include recruiting a family member, neighbor or friend to be the driver. The volunteer driver must hold a valid driver’s license.

To receive the gas voucher, eligible participants must fill out a short application in advance by making an appointment with Kay Kaylor. The application includes collecting information to determine eligibility and a liability-release form must be signed by the participant and volunteer driver, if applicable. Once the trip is completed, the applicant must provide proof of the medical appointment (a receipt or paid invoice is acceptable). After that, a $20 gas voucher will be issued and can be redeemed at the Sonoco in Pagosa Springs.

In the spirit of serving as many people as possible, no more than four gas vouchers will be issued to one person throughout the grant period. One $20 voucher will be given for each trip and each person is served on a first-come, first-served basis.

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