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United Way and SCAN Expand Effort to Help Limited-Income Medicare Beneficiaries Afford Basic Living Expenses

United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties (UWMOC) and Social Communities Activities Network (SCAN) have partnered with the National Council on Aging (NCOA) to expand assistance to people with Medicare in Monmouth and Ocean counties to improve their financial security.

 

Nationally, half of all people with Medicare live on incomes less than $26,200 per year, and often lack the resources needed to meet basic living expenses. Several benefit programs exist to help these individuals with the costs of health care, prescriptions, food, and more.

 

“These programs can be real lifelines for people on Medicare in Monmouth and Ocean counties, but often they don’t know that assistance is available to make ends meet,” said Timothy Hearne, President and CEO of United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. “This opportunity will allow us to dedicate more resources to reaching those with the most need, and assist them through what can be a long and confusing enrollment process.”

 

United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties’ ten Financial Success Center locations, as well as SCAN, are now Benefits Enrollment Centers (BECs) funded by NCOA to serve limited-income Medicare beneficiaries. BECs are supported with funding from the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act, administered through the U.S. Administration for Community Living. The Financial Success Center Network provides free, comprehensive resources under one roof to help people move from financial difficulty to economic well-being. BECs within the Financial Success Center Network are located in Bayville, Eatontown, Freehold, Keansburg, Long Beach Island, Manahawkin, Neptune, Red Bank, South Toms River and Toms River.

 

BECs use NCOA’s online BenefitsCheckUp  tool (www.BenefitsCheckUp.org) to screen limited income older adults, and younger adults with disabilities, for a number of benefits—including Medicare Savings Programs, Part D Extra Help, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—and help them apply for and use those benefits.

 

“We welcome people with Medicare, their caregivers, and family members to contact us for a comprehensive benefits screening,” added Pat Bohse, Executive Director of SCAN.

People can find out if they qualify for assistance by visiting uwfinancialsuccess.org to find the nearest BEC, or by calling SCAN at 732-542-1326.


UWMOC and SCAN will officially announce the opening and kick off of SCAN’s Benefit Enrollment Center at their location in the Monmouth Mall in Eatontown on April 10, 2019 at an Open House & Brunch from 10:30am-12:00pm. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. The Open House & Brunch is an opportunity to learn more about the BEC and also meet SCAN’s instructors, staff and Board of Directors. Hands-on experiences with art, fitness, foreign languages, acting & improv, music and more will be available. To RSVP for the Open House & Brunch, call SCAN at 732-542-1326.

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