Benefits Checkup

A Service of the National Council on Aging

Helping people with limited means to remain
healthy and improve the quality of their lives...
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“Historically, relatively small percentages of eligible seniors and people with disabilities have enrolled in many needs-based government benefit programs, even after many years of effort.”

-- Pathways to Success

About The Center

The National Center for Benefits Outreach and Enrollment, administered by the National Council on Aging, helps organizations enroll seniors and younger adults with disabilities with limited means into the benefits programs for which they are eligible so that they can remain healthy and improve the quality of their lives. The Center is funded through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Aging.

The Center accomplishes its mission by:

  • Providing tools, resources, and technology (such as http://www.BenefitsCheckUp.org) that help local, state and regional organizations to find, counsel and assist seniors and younger adults with disabilities to apply for and enroll in the benefits for which they may be eligible; and
  • Generating and disseminating new knowledge about best practices and cost effective strategies for benefits outreach and enrollment.
Benefits Programs

Along with its partners, the Center works to maximize enrollment in a variety of public and private benefits. Our main programs of interest are:

  • Medicare Part D Extra Help/Low-Income Subsidy (LIS).
  • Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs).
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP – formerly known as Food Stamps).
  • Medicaid.
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
  • State Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs (where they exist).
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Our Audience

The Center serves local, state, and national organizations that want to help find and enroll seniors and younger adults with disabilities in need-based benefits programs. We also serve policymakers, government agencies, corporations, and private foundations by helping them identify and invest in cost-effective strategies for increasing the enrollment of seniors in important programs.

In June 2011, our site for benefits professionals, My Medicare Community, merged with this site to provide a single entry point for professionals to receive user-friendly, up-to-date information on how to assist their clients. My Medicare Community was an initiative sponsored by NCOA and supported by AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP.

For Consumers

Consumers with questions about their Medicare coverage are encouraged to visit our companion site, My Medicare Matters, an initiative sponsored by NCOA and supported by AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP. The site helps people with Medicare and their families better understand Medicare and related health assistance programs, so they can get the most out of their benefits to live longer, healthier lives.