Low-Income Seniors in Medicare to See More Help in
National Council on Aging gets funding from MIPPA
Resource Center to continue assistance to low-income people
27, 2014 – The National Council on
Aging (NCOA) has been awarded a grant from the Administration for
Community Living (ACL) to continue its efforts to help thousands of
low-income people with Medicare to get help enrolling in programs that
make their health care more affordable.
As the Medicare Improvements for Patients and
Providers Act (MIPPA) Resource Center, NCOA will provide technical
assistance and support to State Health Insurance Assistance Programs,
Area Agencies on Aging, and Aging and Disability Resource Centers for
outreach and enrollment activities that help struggling Medicare
beneficiaries receive the Part D Low-Income Subsidy (LIS) and Medicare
Savings Programs (MSP).
These state agencies report having helped nearly
700,000 seniors and adults with disabilities to save over $2.1 billion
on their prescription and health care costs since 2009.
Funding to NCOA also supports outreach to
low-income Medicare beneficiaries via web-based technology and
person-centered assistance. NCOA will enhance and maintain its free
online screening service
BenefitsCheckUp, which it
says has helped close to 4 million people find more than $14.5 billion
in annual benefits.
Grant funding also will be used to expand NCOA’s
network of Benefits Enrollment Centers, which provide comprehensive
enrollment assistance into a wide variety of programs that help
low-income Medicare beneficiaries achieve economic security.
“For those who are eligible to receive these
benefits, enrolling in LIS and MSP can mean thousands of dollars in
savings each year,” said Leslie Fried, director of NCOA’s
Center for Benefits Access,
which administers the Resource Center.
“The work being carried out under MIPPA helps
millions of Medicare beneficiaries who are struggling to access
affordable health care, and unites the aging and disability networks
across the country to improve the lives of older Americans.”
National Council on Aging
(NCOA) reports to be the nation’s leading nonprofit service and advocacy
organization representing older adults and the community organizations
that serve them. Our goal is to improve the health and economic security
of 10 million older adults by 2020. For more than 60 years, NCOA has
been a trusted voice and innovative problem-solver helping seniors
navigate the challenges of aging in America. We work with local and
national partners to give older adults tools and information to stay
healthy and secure, and we advocate for programs and policies to improve
the lives of all seniors, especially the most vulnerable. For more
www.ncoa.org or follow
About the Center for Benefits Access
National Council on Aging Center for Benefits Access reports it helps
community-based organizations find and enroll seniors and younger adults
with disabilities with limited means into benefits programs for which
they are eligible, so they can remain healthy, secure, and independent.
The center accomplishes its mission by developing and sharing tools,
resources, best practices, and strategies for benefits outreach and
enrollment. For more information, visit
Developed and maintained by the National Council on Aging,
BenefitsCheckUp reports it is the nation’s most comprehensive free,
online service to screen seniors with limited income for benefits
programs. It includes more than 2,000 public and private benefits
programs from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since 2001,
more than 3.7 million people have used BenefitsCheckUp to identify
benefits valued at more than $13.7 billion to help them pay for
prescription drugs, health care, rent, utilities, and other daily needs.
For more information, visit
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