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Help for People Over The Age of 55

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www.benefitscheckup.org

Many adults over 55 need help paying for prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other basic needs. Although there are over 2,000 federal, state and private benefits programs available to help, many people don’t know these programs exist or how they can apply.

If you are over 55, there is an online screening tool available to help you identify these benefit programs – in the privacy of your own home, or with help from a trusted family member or friend.  It is called BenefitsCheckUp, a free service of the National Council on Aging (NCOA), a nonprofit service and advocacy organization in Washington, DC. 

Find out what you may qualify for by going to:  http://www.benefitscheckup.org/

BenefitsCheckUp asks a series of questions to help identify benefits that could save you money and cover the costs of everyday expenses.  After answering the questions, you will get a report created just for you that describes the programs you may get help from.

You can apply for many of the programs online or you can print an application form and mail it to the appropriate agency.

Here are the types of expenses you may get help with:

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    • Medications
    • Food
    • Utilities
    • Legal
    • Health care
    • Housing
    • In-home services
    • Taxes
    • Transportation
    • Employment Training