News Articles – 2007


  • BenefitsCheckUp Has Served Two Million Seniors
    WASHINGTON, D.C., December 19, 2007 -- BenefitsCheckUp®, the nation's most comprehensive online benefits screening service for seniors with limited income and resources, served its two millionth senior as of this month.
  • NCOA Recognizes Kaiser Permanente for its Enrollment of Members in Low-income Subsidy
    WASHINGTON, DC - December 10, 2007 -- The National Council on Aging (NCOA), a leader in finding and enrolling people with limited means in the Extra Help available through Medicare prescription drug coverage, recognized Kaiser Permanente today for its creative work in assisting many of its members in the low-income subsidy (LIS) program.
  • NCOA and Humana Increase Seniors’ Access to Benefits
    WASHINGTON, D.C. and LOUISVILLE, Ky. - November 12, 2007 -- The National Council on Aging (NCOA) has finalized an agreement with Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), one of the nation's largest health benefits companies, to make available to Humana's 4.6 million Medicare members a private-label version of NCOA's Benefits CheckUp®, the nation's most comprehensive, web-based service focused primarily on identifying benefits programs for which older Americans with limited income and resources may be eligible. Benefits CheckUp ( screens seniors for eligibility for benefits programs that help pay for medical costs, prescription drugs, heating bills, housing or rent, meals, legal services, and in-home services.
  • WellPoint and National Council on Aging Join Forces to Educate Medicare Members About Available Benefit Programs
    INDIANAPOLIS, IN AND WASHINGTON, DC - November 5, 2007 -- WellPoint, Inc. (WellPoint) and the National Council on Aging (NCOA) announce a new collaboration to help WellPoint's members with Medicare identify federal, state and other community programs for which they may qualify.
  • NCOA and Total Care Find Extra Help for Seniors
    WASHINGTON, DC, November 1, 2007 -- The National Council on Aging (NCOA) and Total Care, Inc., an outsourcing program serving as a resource to local agencies, have joined forces to help some of the neediest people with Medicare find and in some cases apply for federal, state and other benefits programs they may qualify for.
  • National Council on Aging’s BenefitsCheckUp Helps Seniors Stay Warm
    WASHINGTON, DC, September 17, 2007 -- October is Energy Awareness Month, and an opportunity to bring attention to the energy needs of seniors, according to the National Council on Aging (NCOA).
  • Many Medicare Beneficiaries with Limited Means Still Not Taking Advantage of Generous Benefit
    WASHINGTON, DC, September 26, 2007 -- Two years after Medicare prescription drug coverage was introduced, up to 4.2 million people with Medicare who have limited income and resources have not signed up for the Extra Help available through the Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (also known as Medicare Part D). The National Council on Aging (NCOA) offers an easy way for people to find out if they qualify and to apply for that valuable benefit.
  • USA Today Names NCOA’s a Cyberspace
    WASHINGTON, DC, August 7, 2007 -- The National Council on Aging's (NCOA) was recently named the best retirement finance site on the Web by a group of USA Today staffers.
  • Synergy Software Technologies and the National Council on Aging Integrate SAMS and BenefitsCheckUp
    WASHINGTON, DC, July 25, 2007 -- Synergy Software Technologies and the National Council on Aging (NCOA) have announced the integration of SAMS and BenefitsCheckUp. Beginning immediately, SAMS users nationwide may now conduct Medicare Part D (Medicare Low Income Subsidy) intakes within SAMS and then screen the client for eligibility using BenefitsCheckUp (BCU) at the touch of a button.
  • NCOA and HealthSpring Expand Ability to Connect Seniors With Benefits
    WASHINGTON, DC, July 24, 2007 -- The National Council on Aging (NCOA) continues to find innovative ways to help more seniors find benefits programs they may be missing.
  • Coventry Health Care and the National Council on Aging Form Partnership to Help Seniors Find Benefit Programs
    WASHINGTON, DC, June 18, 2007 -- Coventry Health Care, Inc. (NYSE:CVH), a diversified national managed healthcare company, and the National Council on Aging (NCOA) today announced a partnership to help Coventry's members find and apply for publicly available benefits programs for which they may be eligible. The partnership provides Coventry Health Care with its own version of NCOA's BenefitsCheckUp, the nation's most comprehensive Web-based service to screen for benefits programs primarily targeted to seniors with limited income and resources.
  • NCOA’s BenefitsCheckUp Helps Cleveland Seniors Find Benefits
    WASHINGTON, DC, May 15, 2007 -- The City of Cleveland's Department of Aging has used BenefitsCheckUp since 2003 as part of its commitment to ensuring that Cleveland is an elder-friendly community by enhancing the quality of life for its seniors.
  • BenefitsCheckUp.Org Can Help Seniors Enjoy a Healthier Future
    WASHINGTON, DC, April 30, 2007 -- May is Older Americans Month, and this year's theme is "Older Americans: Making Choices for a Healthier Future." While advances have been made in the field of aging and medicine to allow seniors to live healthier lives, many seniors -- especially those with limited income and resources -- are not taking advantage of many government programs that can improve the quality of their lives.
  • NCOA’s BenefitsCheckUp Wins World Wide Web Health Award
    WASHINGTON, DC, April 19, 2007 -- BenefitsCheckUp, the National Council on Aging's (NCOA) free online benefits screening service, has been honored with a World Wide Web Health Award. BenefitsCheckUp ( received a Silver award from World Wide Web Health Awards, announced in late March by the Health Information Resource Center (HIRC). These awards recognize the best Web-based content for professionals and consumers, with the goal of providing a "seal of quality" for electronic health information. There were nearly 1,000 entries in the fall/winter National Health Information Awards, from hundreds of organizations.
  • BenefitsCheckUp Can Help Battle Senior Hunger
    WASHINGTON, DC, March 28, 2007 -- March is National Nutrition Month and it is a fitting time to recognize that hunger remains a serious issue for many older Americans. "We believe that no older American should go to bed hungry," said Stuart Spector, who is the National Council on Aging's senior vice president of Benefits Access. "The good news is that there are government benefits programs such as home delivered meals, congregate or group meals, Food Stamps, and dozens of state programs that can assist many older Americans in paying for the food they need to maintain their health and quality of life."
  • NCOA’s BenefitsCheckUp Helps Chicago Seniors Find Benefits
    CHICAGO, IL, March 6, 2007 -- The City of Chicago's Department on Aging has used BenefitsCheckUp since 2002 as the backbone of its program to help determine seniors' eligibility for more than 70 city, state and federal benefits programs.
  • NCOA’s BenefitsCheckUp Helps Arizona Seniors Find Benefits
    WASHINGTON, DC, February 28, 2007 -- Though many programs exist to help older Americans with limited means, millions of dollars go unclaimed each year because seniors don't know about them.
  • CVS/pharmacy and the National Council on Aging Announce
    WOONSOCKET, R.I. (February 27, 2007) -- CVS/pharmacy and the National Council on Aging (NCOA) announced today a joint effort to improve the health and well-being of older Americans. The "Prescription for Better Health" campaign will provide health education, information on prevention, and access to benefits in nearly 6,200 CVS/pharmacy stores nationwide as well as in the community through NCOA's nationwide network of community based organizations.
  • The NCOA Makes Public Service Announcements (PSAs) Available For Local Agencies To Promote BenefitsCheckUp
    WASHINGTON, DC, -- January 16, 2007 -- The National Council on Aging (NCOA) has produced television Public Service Announcements to promote BenefitsCheckUp and is distributing them in a number of ways.