Get a benefits check-up.

At the same time that stories about cut-backs (both real and proposed)  in benefits for seniors are filling the news media, many benefits programs are underutilized because people just don’t know they exist.   For example, as a result of the new Health Care legislation, you cannot be charged a co-pay for some preventive procedures.  In addition, a new government definition of poverty may allow more seniors to be eligible for state benefits.  

The National Council on Aging hosts an excellent website at www.benefitscheckup.org, which is a comprehensive tool to find and apply for public and private benefits programs across the country.  You may want to put this site in your browser to stay current on what’s available for you and your family.

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