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There are numerous other public and private benefits available to low-income people with Medicare.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

SSI is a federal program administered by the Social Security Administration. The goal of the program is to provide a small cash benefit to eligible aged, blind or disabled people who have very low income and resources. In most states, people who receive SSI are automatically eligible for Medicaid benefits. To learn more about SSI, visit http://www.ssa.gov/pgm/ssi.htm.

Respite Care

The National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) is a federal program that offers grants to states and territories to provide respite care. NFCSP provides support to individuals who care for their elderly family members at home. To find out if your state participates in the program, visit http://www.acl.gov/Programs/CDAP/OIP/LifespanRespite/index.aspx.

Veterans’ Benefits

The Veterans Benefits Administration offers benefits to veterans, their dependents, and surviving spouse, including assistance related to health care and housing. To learn more about these, visit  http://www.vba.va.gov/VBA/.

More Programs

Many other programs are available at the national, state and local level. These programs cover a wide range of services, including:

  • Alzheimer’s care.
  • Housing.
  • Free cell phones.
  • Tax rebate/relief.
  • Transportation.
  • Volunteer opportunities.

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