There are over 2,500 different federal, state, and private benefit programs available to older Americans throughout the country. Some are little known, but there may be programs that you are unaware of that could be valuable to you. A little bit of time and research on your part could make a difference in the kind of assistance you receive.
The National Council on Aging, a non-profit service and advocacy organization has the goal to improve the health and economic security of 10 million older adults by 2020. They provide a free service called Benefits CheckUp. It is a simple questionnaire that takes you through a series of questions, and then gives you a report on all of the benefits you may qualify for, and even has the forms that you will need to apply. Most of the programs can be applied for either online or by printing an application and mailing. They offer help with the cost of rent, prescription drugs, healthcare, utilities, food as well as other services.
There are a few different ways you begin the process. There is one questionnaire that is for those that are in the greatest overall need, and then there is another set of questions for those that require help mainly with prescription drugs or food. They have a list to look over before you get started on everything you will need to answer the questions (date of birth, income, current insurance/programs, household size, etc.). You can fill it out for yourself or for someone else.
This site is full of useful information that is safe, reliable, and available. If you or your loved one is in need of some assistance, please check it out to see if there is something for you.
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