The Center for Benefits Access (the Center) at the National Council on Aging (NCOA) is seeking qualified organizations to become Benefits Enrollment Centers (BECs). BECs use person-centered strategies in a coordinated, community-wide approach to find and enroll Medicare beneficiaries—both seniors aged 65+ years and adults living with disabilities — who have limited income and resources into available benefits, with the primary focus being on the following five core benefit programs:
- Medicare Part D Extra Help (or Low-Income Subsidy, LIS)
- Medicare Savings Programs (MSP)
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps)
- Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
The focus of this grant is to enhance access to benefits for qualifying low-income Medicare beneficiaries. Grantees are encouraged to assist clients with applications for programs beyond the five core benefits, in keeping with the principles of the person-centered approach.
Grants will run for a 20-month period (January 1, 2019 to September 29, 2020). Applicants are required to match 15% of their funding under this grant through a cash or in-kind match. Grants of up to $115,000 each will be awarded to selected organizations.
Special consideration will be given to agencies serving areas that are not currently served by a BEC and people who have been disproportionately impacted. Examples include people residing in rural areas, border communities, immigrants, African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic/Latinos, members of tribal communities residing on and off reservation land, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, those with limited English proficiency (LEP), and veterans.