Key Takeaways

  • There are several core benefits that can help low-income Medicare beneficiaries afford the basic costs of living.

  • Our Benefits 101 slide decks can be downloaded and used by counselors to train staff and volunteers on these programs.

  • These slide decks are updated annually following release of Federal Poverty Guidelines (usually in February).

If you, your staff, or volunteers need a refresher about the basics of core benefits for low-income Medicare beneficiaries, our refreshed Benefits 101 slides are here to help. Each slide deck reviews:

  • How the benefit is administered
  • Eligibility criteria for 2022
  • How to help clients apply for the program
  • Where to get additional information

These PowerPoint slide decks are updated annually following release of Federal Poverty Guidelines (usually by February each year).

As with all of the Center for Benefits Access content, you are welcome to download these slides and tailor them for your use in your community and when training your counselors.

Program                                    Download slides                          
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) SNAP 101 (.ppt)
Part D Low-Income Subsidy (LIS/Extra Help) LIS 101 (.ppt)
Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs) MSP 101 (.ppt)
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) LIHEAP 101 (.ppt)
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) SSI 101 (.ppt)

Looking for a general introduction to Medicaid beyond the Medicare Savings Programs? We strongly suggest watching this recorded webinar from our friends at Justice In Aging.

You may also want to download our core benefits cheat sheet that provides a quick overview of each program's funding, eligibility, and administration.