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May 7, 2014

Mapping benefits access in your state

Benefits access mapHow many people in your state are covered by Medicare? How many of those with Medicare are potentially eligible for and enrolled in the core benefits that help low-income people pay for their health care and other expenses? We have the answers to these questions in a new mapping tool that uses the most recent data (2012) to visualize benefits access and compare different states and regions.
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Webinar: SNAP eligibility and deductions

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps) is a valuable tool for combating senior hunger, yet many still falsely believe that seniors will qualify for only the minimum benefit ($15/month). On May 27, in the second of a four-part webinar series with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, we’ll debunk this myth, explain SNAP eligibility criteria, and outline the different deductions seniors can take to maximize their benefit.
Register for the webinar | Download your state’s SNAP application

Finding affordable medicine and continued independence

Jesus and Maria CardenasJesus and Maria Cardenas, both diabetic, were struggling to pay for their medications and doctors' visits. Then they met with a promotora (health promoter) from Senior Community Outreach Services (SCOS)—one of NCOA's Benefits Enrollment Centers (BECs) in Alamo, TX—who screened them for programs that can help pay for their prescriptions. Now the couple is saving over $10,000 a year and has improved the coordination of their medical care.
Read their story | Discover the promotoras approach

It's Older Americans Month!

May is Older Americans Month. Sponsored by the Administration for Community Living, this year’s theme is Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow. This month is a great opportunity to help seniors stay safe and healthy via Medicare’s preventive services. NCOA is also using Older Americans Month to promote ways that individuals and communities can help prevent falls among seniors.
Learn about Medicare preventive services | Get falls prevention info


  • Introduction to LGBT Aging, May 15 at 3 p.m. ET—Understand the unique vulnerabilities and needs of LGBT older adults in this webinar from the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. Use the link for web conference and dial 1-888-346-3659, passcode: 382574 for the audio.
  • Community First Choice Option: State Consideration and Implementation, May 16 at 2 p.m. ET—Learn more about this mechanism to expand access to home and community-based services to individuals with disabilities and seniors.

Important resources for you and your clients…

Benefits Alert is published by the Center for Benefits Access and National Council on Aging. Your contributions and comments are welcome and should be sent to

The Center for Benefits Access helps community-based organizations find and enroll seniors and younger adults with disabilities with limited means into benefits programs for which they are eligible, so they can remain healthy, secure, and independent. The center accomplishes its mission by developing and sharing tools, resources, best practices, and strategies for benefits outreach and enrollment. For more information, please visit


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