“The most successful partnerships leverage the strengths of partners,
and are realistic of time and resource constraints.”
-- Community Solutions, NCOA Report
State and Local Partners
Through grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Aging, the Center provides technical assistance and support to any state and local organizations involved in benefits outreach and enrollment activities. This includes Center-funded Benefits Enrollment Centers, the 51 Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) grantees, as well as the larger aging and disability networks.
Benefits Enrollment Centers (BECs)
The Center funded 20 Benefits Enrollment Centers to use person-centered strategies in a coordinated, community-wide approach to help seniors in need and people with disabilities find and enroll in all the benefits programs for which they are eligible.
Under the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008(MIPPA), 49 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico received funding to help Medicare beneficiaries apply for the Medicare Part D Extra Help/Low-Income Subsidy (LIS) and the Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs), to provide Part D counseling to Medicare beneficiaries who live in rural areas, and to promote the new Medicare prevention and wellness benefits.