As part of their benefits, some Medicare Advantage beneficiaries receive Medicare flex cards. These are pre-paid debit cards for qualifying expenses.
Older adults have access to hundreds of federal and state benefits programs. Many retirees meet the requirements for these aids, yet do not know they are eligible and miss opportunities to receive assistance. Others can feel overwhelmed by complex application processes.
BenefitsCheckUp, the National Council on Aging’s online resource, helps elders identify the federal and state assistance programs for which they are qualified. The database is free to access, and the National Council on Aging ensures personal information people enter into the website remains confidential.
The resource provides older people not only with individualized reports of the assistance programs that cover them, but also the details they may need on each program before applying, including contact information for the agencies administering the assistance.
How to Obtain an Eligibility Results Report
To get personalized Eligibility Results detailing the benefits programs to which you may apply, enter your information into the database on the BenefitsCheckUp website, starting with your ZIP code. Then select the programs that interest you, which offer support on any number of services, including:
- Health care and medication
- Food and nutrition
- Housing and utilities
- Aging in place and in-home care
- Disability services
- Long-term care, such as skilled nursing facilities
- Discounts and activities
- Tax help
- Crisis, legal, and general assistance
- Veterans’ programs
Once you enter details such as your date of birth and marital status, BenefitsCheckUp generates a report outlining the specific programs accessible to you, and identifies what other information each program requires.
The Eligibility Results reports have several user-friendly features:
- If you make errors filling in details or want to provide additional information, the website allows you to go back and revise your answers.
- After the website creates an individualized Eligibility Results report, you can save it as a PDF and email it to yourself or a loved one.
Family and Caregivers Can Use BenefitsCheckUp to Assist Their Loved Ones
Family members or caregivers of older adults can also use BenefitsCheckUp to help their loved ones learn about benefits programs. They can enter an individual’s information into the website on their behalf and get a report, which they can use to support their loved ones in applying for state or federal benefits.
This easy-to-use resource can help older adults and their families alleviate the stress associated with applying to state and federal benefits programs. Visit the BenefitsCheckUp website to use the tool.