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 2021
- 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.
- Benefits 101: The Medicare Part D Low Income Subsidy (LIS/Extra Help) looks at this program which helps pay for prescription drug costs and Part D plan premiums
- Benefits 101: The Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs) provide support to pay for Part B premiums, and for some people, also pay other costs in Medicare Parts A & B
- Benefits 101: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the nation's most critical food assistance program
- Benefits 101: The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low-income households afford the costs of heating/cooling their homes
- Benefits 101: The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program provides a basic level of income support for people with little to no income
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.