The Area Agency on Aging of Palm Beach/Treasure Coast, Inc. has partnered with the National Council on Aging (NCOA) to help people with Medicare in Palm Beach, Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie counties improve their financial outlook by enrolling in programs that save money on health care, prescriptions, food, and more.
Nationally, half of all people with Medicare live on incomes less than $24,150/year, and often lack the resources needed to meet basic living expenses. Several programs exist to help these individuals, but many people do not know how to apply for assistance.
The Area Agency on Aging has a strong history of helping vulnerable residents. “We’re proud to be part of a national network of centers that since 2009 has helped 760,000 low-income older adults and younger adults with disabilities to save over half a billion dollars and achieve long-term financial stability.”
The Area Agency on Aging of Palm Beach/Treasure Coast is one of 57 Benefits Enrollment Centers (BECs) funded by the NCOA to serve low-income Medicare beneficiaries in 31 states. BECs are supported with funding from the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act, administered through the U.S. Administration for Community Living.
BECs use NCOA’s free online BenefitsCheckUp® tool (www.BenefitsCheckUp.org) to screen lower-income older adults, and younger adults with disabilities, for a number of benefits—including Medicare Savings Programs, Part D Extra Help, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—and to help them apply for and use those benefits.
To see if someone you know qualifies for assistance and to learn more about other programs and services, or call 1.866.684.5885.