Southern Regional Benefits Conference

On May 8-9, 2018, NCOA’s Center for Benefits Access hosted an invitation-only conference in Atlanta, GA for representatives of 12 state Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) grantees and our Benefits Enrollment Centers in the southern/southeastern U.S. This conference focused on sharing promising practices and replicable strategies to increase benefits enrollment among low-income Medicare beneficiaries in the region.

Use the links from the presenters’ names below to download the presentations from this event. (Looking for presentations from our past National Conference in 2017? Check here.)

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Opening Remarks: Why Are We Here? (no presentations)

  • Jim Firman, National Council on Aging (NCOA)
  • Josh Hodges, Administration for Community Living (ACL)
  • Leslie Fried, NCOA

Breakout Sessions 1

Cultivating Partnerships (joint presentation/discussion)

The Power of Storytelling

Lunch Plenary: Being Invited to the Party and Being Asked to Dance: How Diversity and Inclusion Strategies Are Critical to Serving Older Adults (panel discussion only) Lunch speakers discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion in serving clients and recruiting staff and volunteers

  • Estaban Gonzalez, Atlanta Community Food Bank, Georgia
  • Maggie Sun, Chinese Community Center, Texas

Breakout Sessions 2

Helping Your Clients Get LIHEAP

Working with Online Tools

Using a Pay for Performance Model (discussion only)

  • Michelle Guillory, State Unit on Aging, Louisiana
  • Anne Chansler, Florida SHINE
  • Mike Klug, SHIP TA Center, Iowa

Breakout Sessions 3

Maximizing SNAP Benefits with the Medical Expense Deduction (joint presentation/discussion)

Outreach to Hard-to-Reach Populations

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Update on LI NET

Plenary: Economic Security: Government’s Role in Reducing Senior Poverty

Breakout Sessions 4

Medicaid to Medicare Transitions (joint presentation)

Connecting Veterans to Benefits (joint presentation)

Lunch & Closing Plenary: The State of the States

  • Howard Bedlin, NCOA