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6 useful resources for data about benefits

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July 16, 2013

1. Kaiser Family Foundation’s State Health Facts

Kaiser’s site offers extensive state-by-state information about Medicare and Medicaid enrollment, characteristics of the dual eligible population, Medicare Advantage and Part D enrollment and premiums, and state implementation of the Affordable Care Act, including progress on the health insurance marketplaces (Exchanges).

2. NCOA’s Benefits Data Map

The National Center for Benefits Outreach & Enrollment maintains a benefits data map tool that includes information on:

  • Part D participation by type of plan, enrollment, and concentration.
  • Low Income Subsidy (LIS/Extra Help) eligibility, enrollment, and deeming.
  • Medicare Savings Program (MSP) enrollment and concentration.

To use this tool, select the type of program (Part D, LIS, or MSP) at the top of the page, then select the data set, and finally click on Map to get data for your state (some data is available down to the county level).

Note: The information in this tool comes from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) 2010 dataset, the most recent year for which data is available. (Map is updated as new data is released.)

3. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Action Center 

The LIHEAP Action Center provides up-to-date information about funding for LIHEAP at the county and congressional district level. State fact sheets provide additional detail about the number of households receiving the benefit, average benefit award, and historical funding trends.

4. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Community Characteristics 

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service, which administers SNAP (formerly Food Stamps), offers a tool providing information about SNAP recipients at the congressional district level. Learn about the percentage of SNAP households with an elderly resident, median income of households getting SNAP, and other demographic characteristics of SNAP recipients.

5. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) program data

Social Security’s Research, Statistics, & Policy Analysis division maintains current information on SSI and OASDI recipients and their average monthly benefit. The site also links to data on average Social Security benefits for the general population.

6. Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) Map 

Part of the success of benefits enrollment comes from coordinated outreach efforts. NCOA's Center for Benefits’ MIPPA map provides information for each state, summarizing the successes of MIPPA outreach on increasing enrollment into LIS and MSP. Also included are stories of those who’ve been helped by these efforts.

Interested in learning more about the demographics of older adults in your area? The Administration for Community Living's Aging Integrated Database (AGID) includes state profiles and population characteristics from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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