Savings Check Up
Are you on Medicare? Do you need extra money for medicine, groceries, or utilities?
The Office on Aging’s Savings Check Up can help you maximize your benefits and ease the strain on your budget. Staff uses web based-tools and person-centered approaches to help low-income seniors and persons with disabilities find and enroll in all the benefits programs for which they are eligible, and create coordinated, community-wide systems of benefits access.
Question: Everything is so expensive! I keep hearing about programs to help cover the costs of groceries, Medicare & even utilities. Do these really exist?
Answer: Yes! The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is designed to help people put nutritious food on their table. The Medicare Saving Program (MSP) pays Medicare Part B premiums for eligible beneficiaries, and the Extra Help program (also known as LIS) helps pay the costs of Part D premiums and co-pays. LIHEAP is designed to provide assistance to eligible households for their home energy costs.
Question: That’s great, but how do you know if you’re eligible for any of these programs?
Answer: Good news! The National Council on Aging (NCOA) has recently named the Knoxville – Knox County CAC Office on Aging a Benefits Enrollment Center (BEC). What does that mean? It means the Office on Aging is now able to offer SAVINGS CHECK UPS. If you are interested in seeing if you qualify for any of these money saving programs, you can call the Savings Check Up program at (865) 546-6262. Staff or a trained volunteer will ask you a few basic questions and complete a screening to see if you may qualify. If you prefer to look into it on your own, you can visit www.benefitscheckup.org, answer a few simple questions and get information on what programs you may be eligible for.
Question: What happens if it looks like I might qualify for something?
Answer: If it looks like you may qualify for SNAP, MSP, LIS, LIHEAP or any other benefit programs, and you would like help to complete the applications, Savings Check Up staff and volunteers are available for appointments to help you complete and submit the appropriate paperwork. They can help explain the different programs, what is required for applications, help complete the paperwork and follow-up with you if you have any questions once receiving benefits. In addition to the “core benefits” described above, Savings Check Up will also look into other benefits you may qualify for and help navigate applying for those as well.
To find out more about Savings Check Up, call your local Office on Aging.
Knox County: 865-546-6262
Blount County: 865-724-1219