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Low-Income Seniors in Medicare to See More Help in Finding Help

National Council on Aging gets funding from MIPPA Resource Center to continue assistance to low-income people

worried woman stares out windowOct. 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.

 

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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.”

About NCOA

The 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 information, visit www.ncoa.org or follow us www.facebook.com/NCOAging | www.twitter.com/NCOAging.

About the Center for Benefits Access

The 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 www.CenterforBenefits.org.

About BenefitsCheckUp

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 www.BenefitsCheckUp.org.

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