In addition to Medicare, Medicaid, prescription, and food benefits, numerous other public and private benefits are 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 and the Medicare Part D Low Income Subsidy.
The Veterans Benefits Administration offers benefits to veterans, their dependents, and surviving spouse, including assistance related to health care and housing.
Property Tax Relief
Many states and counties offer senior homeowners credits, rebates, or exemptions on their property taxes. This tax relief is often available to families with modest incomes.
People who live in areas affected by natural disasters often have both immediate and long-term needs to get back on their feet. There are several programs that can help, ranging from disaster food assistance, to transitional shelter assistance, to home energy assistance.
Adult Day Care/Respite Care
Caregiving is strenuous work, and without an occasional break from their roles, caregivers face burnout. Fortunately, adult day service programs and respite care are available in many areas of the country, particularly for those with Alzheimer’s disease.
Other Assistance Programs for Seniors and Caregivers
Many other benefits for seniors and caregivers are available at the national, state and local level. These programs cover a wide range of services, including:
- Free cell phones
- Volunteer opportunities
BenefitsCheckUp®, NCOA’s free online screening tool, can help older adults and caregivers to screen for these benefits in their area.