BenefitsCheckUp: Helping Low-Income Seniors Receive Health Benefits, Phase 3


BenefitsCheckUp is a breakthrough Internet application that screens seniors for their eligibility for 1,200 public benefit programs, including those that help pay medical and prescription drug expenses. A multisite demonstration launched in 2001 by the National Council on the Aging (NCOA) is testing whether community-based groups can enhance the Web tool's usefulness by assisting the most vulnerable seniors with eligibility screening and follow-through to ensure enrollment. In the third and final project phase, the model communities will conduct an extensive outreach campaign to sign up as many seniors as possible for the new Medicare drug discount card. The effort's focus will be those low-income beneficiaries who are eligible for the $600 Medicare drug subsidy. Through surveys and database analysis, project staff also will determine whether this community-based approach is more effective than the Web site alone in enrolling eligible people in public programs. Project cofunding will be provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Atlantic Philanthropies, and local foundations.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
National Council on the Aging, Inc.
Principal Investigator:
James Firman, Ed.D.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
April 13, 2004

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