Savings Check Up
Are you living on a fixed income? You may qualify for benefits to help pay for food, medicine, utilities, and more.
Public and private benefits are a lifeline to helping low-income people with Medicare age well. But research has shown that there are still many barriers to enrollment in these programs, including knowledge of benefits and how to apply. As a result, millions of older adults are likely eligible for, but not enrolled in, benefits that can save money on health care, prescriptions, food, and more.
Savings Check Up aims to change that!
A “Savings Check Up” is an easy way for Medicare beneficiaries to find out if they may be eligible for money saving benefits. These benefits include:
- Medicare Savings Program (MSP): assistance with Medicare Part B premiums/costs
- Low Income Subsidy (LIS)/ Extra Help: assistance with Medicare Prescription drug costs
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): provides monthly money for groceries
- Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP): once-a-year assistance with utilities
- Knox County Property Tax Freeze: keeps property taxes from going up
- Knox County Property Tax Relief: portion of your property taxes may be paid or reimbursed
You can download the form here, print it out, complete the form and mail it to: Savings Check Up, PO Box 51650, Knoxville, TN 37950-1650.
Staff will complete a screen and contact you with information on what you might be eligible for. If you would like to apply for any of the benefits discussed, the Savings Check Up team will be glad to assist with those applications.
If you have questions, please contact our Knox County office at (865) 546-6262. Residents of Blount County can contact their local Savings Check Up office at (865) 724-1219.
Interested in completing a Benefits Screening on your own? Visit www.benefitscheckup.org to get started.
Savings Check Up is funded by the National Council on Aging’s (NCOA) Center for Benefits Access. NCOA currently supports 80 Benefits Enrollment Centers (BECs) around the country to help low-income seniors and younger adults with disabilities to access programs that pay for healthcare, food, and more. BECs are supported with funding from the U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL) as part of NCOA’s MIPPA Resource Center.