What Are Benefits Enrollment Centers (BECs)?
Benefits Enrollment Centers (BECs) help low-income Medicare beneficiaries enroll in all the
benefits they may be missing.
BECs also help seniors and younger adults with disabilities to apply for other programs, such as
Supplemental Security Income, State Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs, local transportation
assistance, tax relief, and more.
BECs are supported through MIPPA funding and have helped over half a million vulnerable Medicare beneficiaries access money-saving programs. The Center for Benefits Access supports a network of Benefits Enrollment Centers (BECs) around the country to help low-income people with Medicare access programs that pay for healthcare, food, and more. Using web-based tools and person-centered approaches, the BECs help low-income seniors and persons with disabilities find and enroll in all the benefits programs for which they are eligible, and create coordinated, community-wide systems of benefits access.
What benefits do Benefits Enrollment Centers (BECs) assist with?
The BECs focus on connecting Medicare beneficiaries with limited incomes to these core benefits:
- Medicare Part D Extra Help/Low-Income Subsidy (LIS)
- Medicare Savings Programs(MSP)
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP – formerly known as Food Stamps)
- Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program
Funding for BECs
BECs are supported with funding from the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA), administered through the U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL).
NCOA has been the MIPPA Resource Center supporting the creation of BECs since 2009.
BEC achievements Over the past decade, the BECs have assisted over 560,000 older adults and people with disabilities with over 800,000 applications for benefits estimated to be worth over $1.3 billion.
Please, call Western Montana Area VI Agency on Aging to make an appointment with one of our SHIP Counselors (State Health Insurance Program). 1-406-883-7284