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January 21, 2014 Learn More

Get more information about the work of Benefits Enrollment Centers.

Since 2009, the Center for Benefits Access has provided funding to state and local organizations to implement holistic, person-centered approaches to helping low-income seniors and adults with disabilities access all of the benefits for which they are eligible.

With a third round of Medicare Improvement for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) funding available late last year, the Center was able to expand its BEC network by funding additional organizations to carry out this work in collaboration with community agencies.

The Center offered grants in two categories: full-fledged BECs, and capacity-building grants to assist organizations to scale up their work to be able to function as a full BEC in the future.

The new full BECs are:

  • Adelante Development Center, Inc. (Albuquerque, NM). Using a distinctive senior peer-to-peer model, Adelante will help reduce the fragmented system of benefits access in New Mexico and provide person-centered assistance to 1,300 low-income seniors and adults with disabilities throughout the state.
  • Banner Olive Branch Senior Center (Sun City, AZ). Banner Olive Branch will utilize an innovative “inside out” approach targeting clients in three tier groups (starting with current senior center participants) to include benefits access within the holistic range of programs and services it already provides.
  • Council on Aging, Orange County (Santa Ana, CA). The Council on Aging will expand its existing HICAP Medicare counseling work by integrating additional benefits to help its clients maximize their economic security.
  • Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) for the County of Ventura Area Agency on Aging (Ventura, CA). The Ventura HICAP will draw upon its already established and effective infrastructure to create a culturally sensitive, person- centered Benefits Enrollment Center in partnership with its local Human Services Agency, Community Action Agency, and other local nonprofits that serve low-income adults with disabilities and seniors. 
  • Senior Community Outreach Services, Inc. (Alamo, TX). SCOS has worked to improve the lives of primarily Hispanic seniors and their families in the four Rio Grande Valley counties. SCOS will implement a comprehensive approach that capitalizes on the indigenous and evidenced-based health promotion model of community health workers (promotoras).

Organizations awarded capacity-building grants include:

  • Benefits Data Trust (Philadelphia, PA). BDT has helped hundreds of thousands of low-income seniors in Pennsylvania to access benefits. Their new grant focuses on building their capacity to deliver these services to seniors and adults living with disabilities throughout the state of Maryland.
  • Chinese Community Center (Houston, TX). CCC offers a variety of holistic services for seniors with limited English proficiency (LEP). In addition to expanding benefits outreach to this population, CCC will use the grant to expand its work with LEP adults living with disabilities.
  • Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability (Nashville, TN). TCAD plans to expand on its “no wrong door” system of benefits access to establish six community BECs that better serve low-income adults living with disabilities.

Learn more about our full network of BECs.

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