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NCOA to Spotlight Website to Help Seniors Access Benefits at 2011 Aging in America Conference

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Ken Schwartz
Director, Marketing & Communications
Tel: (202) 600-3131
ken.schwartz@ncoa.org

BenefitsCheckUp Session to Focus on Latest Features of the Site

Washington, DC – April 13, 2011 – More than 13 million older Americans are struggling financially and are not connected to programs that could help them find work, access benefits, or get the support they need to make ends meet. BenefitsCheckUp® helps older Americans find and enroll in federal, state, local, and private programs that help pay for prescription drugs, utility bills, meals, health care, and other needs.

Join the team of experts behind BenefitsCheckUp® at the 2011 Aging in America conference, April 26-30, in San Francisco to see how public policy, user feedback, and advances in technology shaped the latest version of the site. Government agencies, community-based organizations, and health care providers will find value in the enhancements to the site. Stop by Exhibit Booth #501 and meet the BenefitsCheckUp staff.

With the help of BenefitsCheckUp, a free and confidential online service that enables seniors and their family members or caregivers to determine what benefits they qualify for and how to apply for them, older Americans can find out if they qualify for nutrition assistance programs to help put food on the table.

NCOA will be one of the featured affiliate organizations at Aging in America, the nation’s largest gathering of professionals from the fields of aging, health care, economic security, and senior education. Full details on the conference can be found at www.NCOA.org/AginginAmerica2011.

Attend the BenefitsCheckUp® presentation at the Aging in America Conference on Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 at 8:00a.m. at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square in the Sutter room. The presentation will showcase:

  • How agencies use BenefitsCheckUp® to expand the reach to take a client from screening to enrollment in benefit programs.
  • The newest features available on the BenefitsCheckUp® website.
  • Live demonstrations displaying products developed to enhance the screening, enrollment and data collection process.

“With everything going on in the economy, it helps to have a resource like BenefitsCheckUp® to serve as a guide for programs that may yield additional savings,” said Marlene Schneider, NCOA’s Vice President of Decision Support Services. “Our session is designed to educate users of the services provided by the website that will help older adults to live healthier lives.”

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About NCOA
The National Council on Aging is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. NCOA is a national voice for millions of older adults – especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged – and the community organizations that serve them. It brings together nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults. NCOA works with thousands of organizations across the country to help seniors find jobs and benefits, improve their health, live independently, and remain active in their communities. For more information, please visit: www.NCOA.org |www.facebook.com/NCOAging | www.twitter.com/NCOAging

About BenefitsCheckUp®
Developed and maintained by the National Council on Aging (NCOA), BenefitsCheckUp is the nation’s most comprehensive Web-based service to screen for benefits programs for seniors with limited income and resources. It includes almost 2,000 public and private benefits programs from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since 2001, more than 2.7 million people have used the service, identifying benefits valued at more than $9.7 billion. For more information, visit www.benefitscheckup.org

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