NCOA to Continue Supporting Vulnerable People with Medicare

December 1, 2014  
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The National Council on Aging (NCOA) was recently 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 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). Since 2009, these state agencies have helped nearly 700,000 seniors and adults with disabilities to save over $2.1 billion on their prescription and health care costs.

Funding to NCOA also supports outreach to low-income Medicare beneficiaries via web-based technology and person-centered assistance. Specifically, NCOA will enhance and maintain its free online screening service BenefitsCheckUp®, which 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.”

 

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