Additional Benefits Now Available for Low-Income Medicare Consumers

The National Council on Aging recently announced that Elderbridge Agency on Aging is being awarded a grant to develop Benefits Enrollment Centers (BEC) to help low-income Medicare Beneficiaries access and apply for programs that pay for healthcare, food and more.

Elderbridge will partner with Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (NEI3A) and County Social Services (CSS), a mental health and disability regional agency, to serve a combined target area of 47 counties, approximately the northern half of Iowa.

Elderbridge and our partners will use the existing LifeLong Links communications infrastructure to provide consumers with information and access to supportive services that are the focus of the Benefits Enrollment Center grant.

The grant will focus on providing these five core benefits to eligible low-income Medicare beneficiaries:

-Medicare Part D Extra help/Low Income Subsidy (LIS) program

-Medicare Savings Program (MSP)


-Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

-Low-income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Funding received through this grant, according to Elderbridge Director of Operations, Donell Doering, would substantially increase our outreach efforts, improve access, increase enrollment and enhance our ability to follow-up with consumers eligible for benefits.

To access the assistance available through this grant program, call the LifeLong Links Call Center at 866-468-7887 or Elderbridge at 800-243-0678.


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