The Center for Benefits Access funds 35 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.

Core benefits for people with Medicare

The BECs focus on connecting Medicare beneficiaries with limited incomes to these core benefits:

BECs also help seniors and younger adults with disabilities to apply for other programs, such as Supplemental Security Income, State Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs, local transportation assistance, tax relief, and more.

Funding for BECs

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). The Center for Benefits Access has supported the creation of BECs since 2009.

NEW! Apply to become a BEC in 2016

The Center for Benefits is seeking proposals from qualified state and community-based organizations to apply to become new BECs, starting work in 2016. Up to 8 grants of $100,000 each will be awarded to applicants who can assist low-income Medicare beneficiaries in applying for all the benefits for which they appear eligible.

Download the application.

Meet the BECs

The following are current Benefits Enrollment Center grantees:

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.

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.