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The Center funds 34 Benefits Enrollment Centers (BECs) around the country to help low-income people with Medicare access programs that pay for healthcare, food, and more. 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.

BECs are supported with funding from the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA), administered through the U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL).

Meet our newest BECs!

In Feb. 2015, the Center awarded BEC grants to 11 new organizations, each charged with helping 1,100 low-income people with Medicare find and enroll in all the benefits for which they are eligible. These new BECs are:

  • Adult Well-Being Services (Detroit, MI)
  • Chinese Information and Service Center (Seattle, WA)
  • Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (Pittsburg, KS)
  • Duke University (Durham, NC)
  • HOPES Community Action Partnership, Inc. (Hoboken, NJ)
  • Jewish Family Service of Atlantic County (Margate, NJ)
  • Korean Community Service Center of Greater Washington (Annandale, VA)
  • Legal Aid of North Carolina (Asheville, NC)
  • Live On New York (New York, NY)
  • Missouri Alliance of Area Agencies on Aging (Jefferson City, MO)
  • North Central Texas AAA (Arlington, TX)

Earlier generations of BECs

The new cohort of BECs joins 23 other organizations that continue their efforts related to person-centered benefits access. 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:

  • Adelante Development Center, Inc. (Albuquerque, NM)
  • AgeOptions (Oak Park, IL)
  • Banner Olive Branch Senior Center (Sun City, AZ)
  • Benefits Data Trust (Philadelphia, PA and MD)
  • Center for Independence of the Disabled in New York (New York, NY)
  • Centura Health LINKS (Denver, CO)
  • Chinese Community Center (Houston, TX)
  • Council on Aging (HICAP) of Orange County (Santa Ana, CA)
  • Elder Law of Michigan (Lansing, MI)
  • ElderSource (Jacksonville, FL)
  • Georgia Legal Services Program (Atlanta, GA)
  • Green River Area Development District (Owensboro, KY)
  • Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) for the County of Ventura Area Agency on Aging (Ventura, CA)
  • Isabella Geriatric Center (New York, NY)
  • Korean American Community Services (Chicago, IL)
  • Legal Aid of the Bluegrass (Lexington, KY)
  • Legal Services for the Elderly (Augusta, ME)
  • Senior Community Outreach Services, Inc. (Alamo, TX)
  • Senior Resources (Norwich, CT)
  • South Alabama Regional Planning Commission (Mobile, AL)
  • Washington County Commission on Aging, Inc./Area Agency on Aging for Washington County, Maryland (Hagerstown, MD)
  • Washington County Disability, Aging & Veteran Services (Hillsboro, OR)
  • WISE & Healthy Aging (Santa Monica, CA)

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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