NCOA’s Center for Benefits Access is now accepting applications from qualified organizations to join our network of Benefits Enrollment Centers (BECs).
BECs use person-centered strategies in a coordinated, community-wide approach to find and enroll Medicare beneficiaries—both seniors aged 65+ years and adults living with disabilities — who have limited income and resources into available benefits, with the primary focus being on the following five core benefit programs:
- Medicare Part D Extra Help (or Low-Income Subsidy, LIS)
- Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs)
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps)
- Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
About the grants
Grants of up to $100,000 each will be awarded to selected organizations for an 18-month period beginning Jan. 1, 2018.
Applicants can represent state or community-based nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and faith-based organizations who address the needs of older adults and younger adults with disabilities. Successful applicants must be able to provide application assistance to at least 500–1,100 Medicare beneficiaries for all five core benefits for which they are eligible. Grantees are encouraged to assist clients with applications for programs beyond the five core benefits, in keeping with the principles of the person-centered approach.
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).
How to apply
An informational webinar was held on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 3 p.m. ET. Access the webinar recording.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete a simple notice of intent by Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 at 12 noon ET. A link to complete the application will be sent to those who submit a notice.
Those who do not submit a notice of intent by the deadline but would like to apply must still submit a notice of intent in order to receive the application guidance. Proposals are due Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 at 12 noon ET.