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Benefits Enrollment Centers


The Center funds Benefits Enrollment Centers (BECs) in 21 areas of the country. Using web-based tools and person-centered approaches, the BECs help low-income seniors and persons with disabilities find and enroll in all the benefits programs for which they are eligible, and create coordinated, community-wide systems of benefits access. The BECs focus on connecting people to these core benefits: the Medicare Part D Extra Help/Low-Income Subsidy (LIS), the Medicare Savings Programs, Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP - formerly known as Food Stamps), the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, among others.

Next Round of BECs

On Oct. 27, 2014, the Center announced the availability of up to 10 more grants for organizations interested in becoming BECs. The application period has now closed; stay tuned for funding announcements by February 2015.

First and second generation BECs

The first cohort of 10 BECs began their work in March 2009; a second cohort was funded to begin their efforts in April 2011. These first and second generation BECs include:

The newest BECs - 2014

In January 2014, the Center funded several additional organizations to serve in areas not currently covered by previous BECs. These new BECs are:

In addition, the Center awarded capacity-building grants to three organizations:

BEC Innovations

In early 2012, the Center funded six BECs to implement significant innovations to scale up benefits access work ain their region and increase enrollment for underserved populations. In the year since they began piloting their innovations, these grantees helped over 4,800 individuals to enroll in benefits worth $7.7 million. Learn more about the Innovations grantees and view our infographic detailing some of their accomplishments.

Achievements to date

Since their inception in 2009, the BECs have helped over 650,000 individuals identify more than $589 million in benefits they were eligible for, but missing out on. Read about some of the individuals the BECs have helped in these success stories:

For more information about the lessons learned from the first and second cohorts of BECs, download our reports: Person-Centered Benefits Access: Lessons Learned from the BECs' First Year and Increasing Benefits Access for People with Medicare: Lessons Learned from the Second Generation of BECs.


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