Benefits Assistance

The Council on Aging’s Benefits Assistance program helps seniors and adults with disabilities find and enroll in state and federal benefit programs for which they are eligible.  These programs include the Medicare Part D Extra Help, the Medicare Savings Programs, Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-formally known as Food Stamps), and the Home Energy Assistance Program, among others.   When you contact the Council on Aging, a licensed, trained Benefits Specialist will complete a screening to determine your eligibility for various benefit programs.  We will explain the eligibility requirements and can help you to apply.  You may also visit www.benefitscheckup.org to complete an online benefits screening.

Help with Heating-

In need of some relief on your heating bill? Contact the Council on Aging for help completing the 2013-2014 Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) application. HEAP is a federally-funded program managed by the Ohio Department of Development that is designed to help income-qualified Ohioans meet the high costs of home heating. If you are determined eligible, a one-time HEAP benefit will appear as a credit applied to your energy bill by your utility company (or fuel vendor). Stop in or set up an appointment by calling (440)205-8111 for help with completing the application. For more information on HEAP or to download an application, you may visit http://development.ohio.gov/is/is_energyassist.htm.

How to Get Started....

If you are interested in learning more or wish to make an appointment, please contact Yolanda Lowe at 440-205-8111 ext. 233 or email her at yolandal@lccoa.org.  There are no fees for Benefits Assistance.

 

Medicaid Expansion

According to the state, an estimated 275,000 uninsured adults will now be eligible for Medicaid under the recently expanded program. As part of the Affordable Care Act, the federal government has pledged funding for states that expand Medicaid coverage to include those whose incomes are 138 percent of the federal poverty line or less. The individuals gaining eligibility under the new program are primarily adults under the age of 65 without dependent children. For more information or to enroll, visit the Ohio Benefits website.

Medicare Counseling

The Council on Aging also has services to help you make sense of Medicare.  Click here for a video that explains more about the program. 

Understanding your Medicare options can be overwhelming but the Council on Aging has trained Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) volunteers available to help. You may make a one-on-one appointment by contacting Yolanda Lowes at (440)205-8111 x233. Prefer to do it yourself? Check out www.medicare.gov. Medicare.gov has a user-friendly plan finder tool that allows you to plug in your medications and pharmacy and review your Medicare plan options, as well as enroll. The Council on Aging is available for group presentations related to Medicare and public benefit programs.