Federal, State, and County Benefits

BenefitsCheckUp
National Council on Aging
www.benefitscheckup.org External

Quiz advises seniors on their eligibility for programs that may help pay for medications, food, utilities, health care, housing, in-home services, transportation, and employment training.

Benefits Planner: Retirement
Social Security Administration
www.ssa.gov/planners/retire/stopwork.html External

Retirement calculators include variables such as retirement age, stop work age, and survivor’s benefits.

Contact Information for State Departments of Agriculture and Public Health
United States Department of Health and Human Services
www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/fsis-content/internet/main/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/additional-recall-links/state-departments-of-public-health/ct_index External

Provides public health contact information for all states.

Find a Health Center
United States Department of Health and Human Services
https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/ External

Allows users to locate HRSA Health Centers, which provide medical care to individuals who have no health insurance. Includes checkups, treatment for illnesses, dental care, and help with prescription drug costs.

Income Assistance
University of Alabama Law School Clinical Program
www.law.ua.edu/elderlaw/assistance.html External

Summary of social programs available to assist with income. Includes sections on food stamps, senior Rx, and help with utilities.

Justice in Aging
Justice in Aging
www.justiceinaging.org External

Partners with state and federal agencies to ensure essential government programs are accessible to qualified seniors. Offers webinars, publications, and consultations related to the legal needs of older adults.

Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
www.medicaid.gov/state-resource-center/innovation-accelerator-program/innovation-accelerator-program.html External

Summarizes the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program, which launched in 2014 with the goal of improving health care to Medicaid beneficiaries through state-run programs.

Medicare Benefits
Social Security Administration
www.ssa.gov/medicare External

Allows users to apply for Medicare online. Provides information on applying for help with prescription costs; examining the benefits of Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D; and replacing a lost, stolen, or damaged Medicare card.

Medicare Coverage and Appeals
Center for Medicare Advocacy
www.medicareadvocacy.org/medicare-info/medicare-coverage-appeals/ External

A nonprofit, non-partisan, public-interest law firm that advocates for Medicare and quality health care on behalf of older and disabled people. Provides forms and instructions for appeals. Of special interest to caretakers.

Medicare.gov
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
www.medicare.gov External

Directs older adults and their families to information on key Medicare-related topics, including where to sign up for Medicare, how to change plans, the benefits of Medicare drug coverage, and where to find Medicare forms for claims and appeals. Provides a searchable database of medical providers who take Medicare.

Medicare Interactive
www.MedicareInteractive.org External

Medicare Interactive provides Medicare-related information on topics such as eligibility and enrollment, coverage, rights and protections, health plan options, prescription drugs, and programs for people with lower income.

Medicare Rights Center
Medicare Rights Center
www.medicarerights.org External

Nonprofit organization working to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities. Provides a free online reference tool designed to help older adults and people with disabilities navigate the complex world of health insurance. Offers a general introduction to Medicare using video-based e-learning.

Medicare Savings Programs
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
www.medicare.gov/your-medicare-costs/help-paying-costs/medicare-savings-program/medicare-savings-programs.html External

Describes the four Medicare savings programs: Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB), Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB), Qualifying Individual (QI), and Qualified Disabled and Working Individuals (QDWI).

National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
www.ncpssm.org External

Provides general information and recent news related to Social Security and Medicare.

National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Lifetime Senior Pass
United States Department of the Interior
https://store.usgs.gov/senior-pass External

Lifetime pass to national parks for seniors.

Retirement
USA.gov
www.usa.gov/retirement External

Basics on retirement planning and pension benefits such as how Social Security works, retiring from the civil service and managing a private pension.

Retirement Benefits
Social Security Administration
www.ssa.gov/retire/ External

Allows users to apply for retirement benefits like Social Security and Medicare, return to a saved application, and check the application status. Provides a Social Security calculator that identifies spousal and retirement benefits.

Seniors & Medicare and Medicaid Enrollees
Medicaid.gov
www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/eligibility/medicaid-enrollees/index.html External

What Medicaid Covers for Medicare enrollees.

State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIP)
SHIP National Technical Assistance Center
www.shiptacenter.org External

Administered by Medicare and run by the states, SHIP helps seniors cover their out-of-pocket Medicare costs. Allows users to search by state for information on Medicare Savings Programs and Part D Low Income Subsidies.

Medication Costs

2-1-1
United Way
211 toll-free
www.211.org External

Offers information on prescription-assistance services and medical transportation options for seniors, either via a searchable online database or a 24-hour hotline that connects callers with service professionals in their area.

Extra Help Program
Medicare Rights Center
800-633-4227
www.medicareinteractive.org/get-answers/programs-for-people-with-limited-income/the-extra-help-program External

Provides forms and eligibility requirements for a program that pays the cost of Medicare prescription drug coverage for lower income seniors. Seniors on Medicaid automatically qualify.

Pharmaceutical Assistance Program
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
www.medicare.gov/pharmaceutical-assistance-program/ External

Provides an alphabetical list of prescription drugs linked to information about assistance programs sponsored by pharmaceutical companies.

Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs
RXAssist
www.rxassist.org/ External

Information on patient assistance programs run by pharmaceutical companies to provide free medications to people who cannot afford to buy their medicine. Offers a comprehensive database of these patient assistance programs, as well as tools, news, and articles.

Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
National PACE Association
www.pace4you.org External

Program seeks to help low-income seniors living in PACE service areas stay independent by providing prescription drug and nursing home level care. Provides Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage as well as all other necessary medication without copayments or gaps in coverage.

State Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs
National Conference of State Legislatures
www.ncsl.org/research/health/state-pharmaceutical-assistance-programs.aspx External

Provides a state-by-state summary of programs that use state funds to pay a portion of medication costs for individuals. Includes links to PDF copies of relevant forms.

Taxes

AARP Tax-Aide Program
www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide External

Identifies documents to bring to a session with a tax-aid volunteer, shares tax tips for older adults and their caregivers, and lists tax-aid volunteers by ZIP code or county.

About Publication 907, Tax Highlights for Persons with Disabilities
Internal Revenue Service
IRS.gov/Pub907 External

Instructions on preparing taxes for persons with disabilities, recent developments, and links to addition items people with disabilities, their friends, and caretakers find useful.

Frequently Asked Questions for Seniors
Internal Revenue Service
www.irs.gov/individuals/seniors-retirees/frequently-asked-questions-for-seniors External

Answers tax questions frequently asked by seniors.

IRS.gov Accessibility
Internal Revenue Service
www.irs.gov/uac/IRS.gov-Accessibility External

Provides accessible forms and publications and explains accessibility features of the IRS website. Videos in American Sign Language are available.

Seniors and Retirees
Internal Revenue Service
www.irs.gov/individuals/seniors-retirees External

Provides free tax-filing tool and an Interactive Tax Assistant that answers questions and calculates standard deductions. Includes information on finding a local tax-aid volunteer, special rules for seniors when deducting medical expenses, and tax scams/consumer alerts. Allows users to download replacement forms for the SSA-1099 and SSA-1042S.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly
Internal Revenue Service
http://irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep External

Helps locate local establishments providing free tax preparation assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs. VITA serves individuals whose income is $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, and limited English speakers. TCE offers free tax help to individuals who are 60 or older. TCE specializes in questions regarding pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors.

Utilities

Catholic Charities USA
http://catholiccharitiesusa.org External

Provides searchable list of local Catholic Charities that may provide low-cost food, housing programs, and help with rent and utilities.

State Data Center
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
http://liheap.org External

Lists local Low Income Home Energy Assistance Programs by state. Describes state eligibility requirements and provides links to applications.

WaterSense
United States Environmental Protection Agency
www3.epa.gov/watersense External

Provides information on water-saving fixtures and offers rebates on toilets, faucets, and showerheads with the WaterSense label.

Weatherization Assistance Program
United States Department of Energy (DOE)
http://energy.gov/eere/wipo/weatherization-assistance-program External

Lists weatherization program grants by state and describes how weatherization can reduce heating bills. Also includes United States Housing and Urban Development Multifamily Property listings eligible for the problem.

Work and Volunteer Opportunities

AARP Career Center
AARP (formerly American Association of Retired Persons)
www.aarp.org/work External

Articles focus on all aspects of career and work after the age of 55, including changing jobs, opening your own business, and staying competitive. Can be searched by job location and interests.

Accommodations
Office of Disability Employment Policy
www.dol.gov/odep/topics/Accommodations.htm External

Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations explained.

Current Openings
National Older Worker Career Center
https://www.nowcc.org/jobs/ External

Shares job openings available to experienced workers over the age of 55 through the Senior Environmental Employment program and the Agriculture Conservation Experienced Services program. Allows users to find field offices by state and submit applications online.

Experience Works
www.experienceworks.org External

Delivers job training to low-income people who are older. Provides a free career-match tool, a list of field offices searchable by state, and a community message board.

Federal Work Programs
Senior Service America
www.seniorserviceamerica.org/our-impact/our-programs External

Operates employment programs for America’s seniors in collaboration with federal programs such as Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), the Senior Environmental Employment Program (SEE), and the Agricultural Conservation Experienced Services Program (ACES) at the state level.

Older Workers
United States Department of Labor
www.dol.gov/odep/topics/OlderWorkers.htm External

Information on disability employment and older workers.

Senior Community Service Employment Program
Department of Labor
www.doleta.gov/seniors External

Work-based job training program for Americans 55 or older who have a family income of no more than 125% of the federal poverty level and are unemployed. Focuses on community service activities at nonprofit and public facilities in an employee’s local area. Enrollment priority is given to veterans.

Senior Corps
Corporation for National and Community Service
www.nationalservice.gov/programs/senior-corps External

Connects volunteers ages 55 and over with people and organizations in their community.

Senior Job Bank
NHC Group, Inc.
www.seniorjobbank.org External

Provides a jobs database for older job seekers searchable by job title, keyword, company, city, state, or ZIP code.

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