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Benefits Enrollment Centers

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To find out more about the results of the BECs' first year of work, please see our report:
Person-Centered Benefits Access: Lessons Learned from the Benefits Enrollment Centers' First Year

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.

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 636,000 individuals identify more than $550 million in benefits they were eligible for, but missing out on.

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