Navigation Links
Meals or Meds? BenefitsCheckUp Helps Older People Struggling with Food Costs

As the costs of healthcare and gas rise, older Americans with limited income and resources find themselves worrying about how they can afford their next meal.

Washington, DC (PRWEB) August 22, 2008 -- As the costs of healthcare and gas rise, older Americans with limited income and resources also find themselves worrying about how they can afford their next meal.

"I have Medicare but I can't afford prescription coverage unless I take my money out of an annuity, which is supposed to cover the house payment when my husband's pension is gone. We also only eat two meals a day to conserve," a retired couple wrote to U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT).

BenefitsCheckUp® can help people find ways to pay for food. Developed and maintained by the National Council on Aging (NCOA), BenefitsCheckUp is a free online service that helps older Americans find and enroll in benefits programs that help with vital needs including [meal programs], heating bills, housing, prescription and medical costs, and tax relief.

"It's critical for older people to get wholesome and sufficient nutrition," said Stuart Spector, NCOA senior vice president. "Through BenefitsCheckUp, seniors or their caregivers can find valuable information about food programs to help them stay healthy. They may also find other benefits for which they're eligible, lessening the pressure on their food budget even more."

With 3.4 million seniors below the poverty level and 2.2 million near poor, the struggle to pay for food for low-income people was problematic before the steep rises in the basic cost of living. According to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), only 30 to 40 percent of eligible elderly people participated in the [food stamp] program in 2006. BenefitsCheckUp strengthens access to [food programs for seniors] of limited means and offers a way to find out if they are eligible for other benefits programs by filling out a simple questionnaire online.

Since its launch in 2001, BenefitsCheckUp has helped more than two million seniors and those who care for them find $6.5 billion in benefits. The free online service has more than 1,550 public and private benefits programs from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

About NCOA
Founded in 1950, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a non-profit organization with 3,700 members, and a national network of some 14,000 organizations and leaders. Our programs help older people stay healthy and independent, find jobs, access benefits programs, and discover meaningful ways to continue contributing to society.


Georgiana Bloom
georgiana.bloom (at)

This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: on behalf of the company
listed above.


Read the full story at

Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2008 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Banfield, The Pet Hospital(R) and Meals On Wheels Association of America(R) Feed Hungry Pets During the Holidays and Beyond
2. New Report Finds 16 Percent of All Children in Florida Dont Have Consistent Access to Meals
3. New Report Finds 16 Percent of All Children in Nebraska Dont Have Consistent Access to Meals
4. Dietitians Urge Parents to Serve Milk With Meals
5. For Healthier Lifestyles That Can Be Habit-Forming, Take the Meals Matter Nutrition & Fitness Challenge!
6. Proposed Medicare Regulations Threaten to End Millions of Free Meals Offered to Seniors During Education Seminars
7. Nets Star Josh Boone Kicks Off Free Summer Meals Program
8. Hunger Is Happening National Food Drive a Huge Success -- Donations Will Serve 68,000 Meals
9. Kidfresh Offers a Solution to the Rise of Unhealthy Eating Among Children With Fresh and Nutritious Prepared Meals for Kids
10. Meals or Meds? BenefitsCheckUp Helps Older People Struggling with Food Costs
11. SNAPforSeniors Now Helps BenefitsCheckUp Users Locate Housing Options
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Meals or Meds? BenefitsCheckUp Helps Older People Struggling with Food Costs
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... recover from injury. Recently, he has implemented orthobiologic procedures as a method for ... is one of the first doctors to perform the treatment. Orthobiologics are substances ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 2016 , ... A recent article published June 14 on E ... goes on to state that individuals are now more comfortable seeking to undergo not ... as calf and cheek reduction. The Los Angeles area medical group, Beverly Hills Physicians ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Marcy was in a crisis. Her son James, eight, was ... his family verbally and physically. , “When something upset him, he couldn’t control his emotions,” ... He would throw rocks at my other children and say he was going to kill ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... micro-osteoperforation for accelerated orthodontic treatment. Dr. Cheng has extensive experience with all areas ... , AcceleDent, and accelerated osteogenic orthodontics. , Micro-osteoperforation is a revolutionary adjunct ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... People across the U.S. are sharpening ... Talker Award, an essay contest in which patients and their families pay tribute to ... at the 2016 National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Annual Education Conference (AEC) this ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016 Research and Markets ... Market by Type (Organic Chemical (Sugar, Petrochemical, Glycerin), Inorganic ... Coating, Parenteral) - Global Forecast to 2021" report ... The global pharmaceutical excipients market is projected to ... of 6.1% in the forecast period 2016 to 2021. ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the ... 2016 - Forecast to 2022" report to their offering. ... up to date financial data derived from varied research sources ... with potential impact on the market during the next five ... comprises of sub markets, regional and country level analysis. The ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016 Bracket , a leading clinical ... generation clinical outcomes platform, Bracket eCOA (SM) 6.0, at ... 26 – 30, 2016 in Philadelphia , ... Outcome Assessment product of its kind to fully integrate with ... Bracket eCOA 6.0 is a flexible platform for electronic clinical ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: