Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Seniors can now search for health care, food, and utility benefits that they are eligible for with the new Benefits CheckUp tool from the National Council on Aging. Seniors can put information in about their financial situation and location, and the program will notify them of benefits they may be eligible for.
Seniors can also call or visit a local benefits-enrollment center. To find one near you, go to the National Council on Aging and search for “BECs”. There is also a hotline you can call at 800-677-1116. Be sure to have information when you call, including estimates of your income and estimates of how much you spend on mortgage, rent, medical bills, and other expenses. There is an income limit for many of the programs, but some are available to seniors who do not qualify for federal poverty programs.
See Rachel Louise Ensign, Find Benefits for Seniors, The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 26, 2012.
Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.)) for bringing this article to my attention.