“In today’s economy, inflation is taking an increasingly large part of people’s incomes,” said Ramsey Alwin, President and CEO of the NCOA. “The good news is that there are programs that can help. We’ve completely redesigned BenefitsCheckUp to make it even easier for seniors, people with disabilities and caregivers to find the resources they need to age with dignity. No one shouldn’t have to choose between paying for medicine or food.”
Millions of people can’t save money through public and private benefits simply because they don’t know the programs exist or how to apply. NCOA created BenefitsCheckUp in 2001, and since then millions of people have used it to find billions of benefits. Programs featured on the site include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps), Medicare Savings Programs, Medicare Part D Low Income Subsidy (LIS/Extra Help), home energy assistance program for low-income households and the affordable connectivity program. .
On BenefitsCheckUp, visitors can find out which programs they might be eligible for and find the right contact information to take the next step in the application. The site offers:
- Details on nearly 2,000 federal, state and local benefit programs in English and Spanish
- Free, confidential eligibility checks by specific program or benefit category
- The possibility of creating an account for visitors who wish to save their results
- Personalized support via call center, online chat, email and NCOA’s local network Benefit registration centers—85 agencies in 41 states where individuals can get in-person assistance
“Benefits programs are a critical part of ensuring that every person has what they need to age well, regardless of gender, color, sexuality, income or zip code,” Alwin said. “Now more than ever, BenefitsCheckUp.org is a great place to start to see if you’re eligible and find out how to apply.”
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is the national voice for the right of every person to age well. We believe that how we age should not be determined by gender, color, sexuality, income or zip code. Together with thousands of national and local partners, we provide resources, tools, best practices and advocacy to ensure that every person can age with health and financial security. Founded in 1950, we are the oldest national organization focused on seniors. Learn more about www.ncoa.org and @NCOAging.
SOURCE National Council on Aging