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July 17, 2013

6 useful resources for benefits data

Group at ComputerWant to know how many eligible seniors in your state are enrolled in a particular benefit program? Looking for information about the average benefit award, and demographics of those receiving benefits? We’ve compiled a list of six websites that provide detailed answers to these questions, and additional information on funding of programs and the success of outreach efforts.
Get the resource list

New funding opportunity to improve care for duals

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a funding opportunity to improve coordination of care for Medicare-Medicaid enrollees (“duals”). Grants will support states in developing independent ombudsman programs, helping beneficiaries in the demonstration to have a positive care experience. Applications for funding will be accepted in three rounds, beginning Aug. 5.
Learn how to apply

Social Security cardSocial Security 101: What’s in it for me?

The Social Security Administration has created a 17-minute video introducing Social Security to viewers. The video explains how Social Security works, what the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) is all about, and how to plan for a comfortable retirement by making easy steps now.
Access the video

Help your clients get fresh farm food

It’s summer and that means farmers’ markets and roadside stands are open across the country. Did you know that many farmers’ markets now accept payment via Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits? And in some states, the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides low-income seniors with coupons for eligible foods at farmers' markets, roadside stands, and community-supported agriculture programs.
Find food benefits for your clients | See if your state offers SFMNP

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hands with question markGet follow-up Q&A and listen to the June webinar recording

Government employees and retirees make up a growing number of those newly eligible for Medicare. Many will have questions about Medicare means for them. Want to learn more about the nuances of counseling them on Medicare? Listen to a recording of our June 2013 webinar to find out more about counseling this unique group, and get the complete follow-up Q&A taken from the live webinar.
Listen now | Read the Q&A


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