Agency expands services

Date: May 12, 2015 | Category: News

Care Connection for Aging Services has expanded its services to include screening for and enrollment in a wide range of extra-help benefits offered by the state and federal governments.
The agency wants to remind people to take advantage of cost savings programs with the mantra: “You could be saving money.”
Here are the core benefits with which the agency’s staff will be able to help:

• Medicaid, known in Missouri as MO HealthNet, provides medical services to low-income people.
• Low-Income Subsidy (also called “Extra Help”) provides financial assistance for prescriptions to those who meet income eligibility.
• SNAP, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, is for people of all ages who have trouble meeting their monthly food bills.
• Medicare Saving Programs allow people to get help from the state paying Medicare premiums. In some cases, Medicare Savings Programs may pay Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments, if applicants meet certain requirements.
• Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) assists families with energy costs by providing federally funded help in managing costs of energy and weatherization and energy-related minor home repairs.

Care managers and benefits counselors can answer questions about eligibility for these benefits and help people apply.
Other benefits that Care Connection will be able to help people apply for include: Supplemental Security Income; the Missouri’s State Pharmacy Assistance Program (MoRx); the Missouri Property Tax Credit also known as the Circuit Breaker; housing assistance including USDA home repair and the HUD Section 8 housing choice voucher program; and telephone access from programs such as the Telephone Assistance Program, Safelink Wireless, and Lifeline Discount Phone Service.
“Many people of all ages who might qualify for such benefits do not apply because they are discouraged by the paperwork involved or don’t think they can receive the assistance,” said Marilyn Gunter, Director of Care Management for Care Connection. “This program is aimed at helping applicants maneuver the red tape to get the benefits they deserve.”
To get started, call 1-800-748-7826 or the Senior Center in your county.
Care Connection for Aging Services, a non-profit area agency on aging serving West Central Missouri, operates 22 senior centers in these counties: Bates, Benton, Carroll, Cedar, Chariton, Henry, Hickory, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Saline, St. Clair and Vernon. Its mission is to provide resources and services that empower people to create healthy aging experiences. For more information, call 1-800-748-7826 or email us at