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National Council on Aging Call for Proposals: Benefit Enrollment Centers

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) Center for Benefits Access is seeking nonprofit or public agencies to be part of our next cohort of Benefits Enrollment Centers (BEC). 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, aged 21-64, who have limited income and resources—into available benefits. The primary focus is on Medicare Part D Extra Help (or Low-Income Subsidy, LIS), Medicare Savings Programs (MSP), Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps), and Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Applicants also have the option of including other benefits in their proposal, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), State Pharmacy Assistance Program (SPAP), state property tax relief, pharmaceutical assistance programs, state tax credits, and other programs.

NCOA Logo - National Council on AgingOrganizations eligible to apply for BEC grants include state or community-based nonprofit organizations, government agencies, faith-based organizations, and coalitions addressing the needs of older adults and younger adults with disabilities. Organizations that have been funded in the past as BECs are not eligible for this award. Successful applicants will receive up to $100,000 over 15 months to enroll Medicare beneficiaries in core benefits. For more information about how to apply, please read the attached Request for Proposals.

Letters of intent are due November 21, 2014. The deadline for full proposals is December 12, 2014. If you have any questions during that time, please contact


  1. I receive my Social Security once a month from the Government. Cause I have a Disability Learning. I live on my own and do what I desire ? What I desire makes good effortness ? I also get Food Stamps in the first of every month. That goes for my medication.

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