NCOA Welcomes Nora Dowd Eisenhower as New Vice President, Benefits Access Group
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NCOA Welcomes Nora Dowd Eisenhower as New Vice President, Benefits Access Group


April 27, 2011

Ken Schwartz
Director, Marketing & Communications

Washington, DC – The National Council on Aging (NCOA), the leading nonprofit service and advocacy organization for older Americans, today announces the addition of Nora Dowd Eisenhower of Philadelphia, PA, as Vice President of the Benefits Access Group and Director of the National Center for Benefits Outreach & Enrollment (National Center).

In this position, Eisenhower will create and implement a strategic vision for benefits access that builds upon NCOA’s track record of innovation, expands the use of BenefitsCheckUp® as a resource to help seniors get public benefits, and enhances NCOA’s public policy and advocacy efforts in this area. 

NCOA’s National Center provides technical assistance, training, and other support related to benefits outreach and enrollment to state and local partners in the aging and disability networks. This includes 24 National Center-funded Benefits Enrollment Centers and grantees under the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA), which includes Area Agencies on Aging, Aging and Disability Resource Centers, State Health Insurance Assistance Programs, and others. You can find more information at

“NCOA is extremely excited to have Nora join our staff,” said Sandra Nathan, senior vice president for economic security at NCOA. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in aging services that will help us ensure that all older adults access benefits that are so vital to their economic security.”

Eisenhower recently served as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, where she managed an extensive statewide network of aging services, including home and community-based programs, senior community centers, transportation, adult day, and protective services. She helped coordinate a historic bipartisan effort to expand PACE, the state’s senior pharmaceutical benefit program, making more than 400,000 older adults eligible for life-sustaining prescription benefits. She also oversaw the implementation of Medicare Part D and ensured a smooth transition for older Pennsylvanians. 

“NCOA is well known for helping millions of older adults age well and develop a path toward economic security,” said Eisenhower. “I’m very honored to be a part of this organization, and I know my team will continue to improve the great work they do in connecting seniors to benefits.”


About NCOA The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a respected national leader and trusted partner to help people aged 60+ meet the challenges of aging. Our mission is to improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are struggling. Through innovative community programs and services, online help, and advocacy, NCOA is partnering with nonprofit organizations, government, and business to improve the health and economic security of 10 million older adults by 2020. Learn more at and @NCOAging.

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