July 2, 2022 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Benefits Center Helps Seniors Obtain Assistance:

Nearly 47 percent of all Medicare beneficiaries are eligible for benefits and don’t know it, according to research by the National Council on Aging.

Now, with the WISE and Healthy Benefits Enrollment Center, seniors have a one-stop source where they can learn what benefits they are eligible for and get assistance to apply for benefits that help with health care, prescription drugs, food and utilities expenses.

Many seniors with limited resources in Los Angeles County face huge challenges finding out about benefit programs and their eligibility requirements as well as getting the application forms and navigating the application process,” said Grace Cheng Braun, president and CEO of WISE and Healthy Aging.

Made possible by a grant from the National Council on Aging to elevate the quality of life for seniors, the Benefits Enrollment Center is the only one of its kind in California. Its services are free of charge to any L.A. County resident who is 50 or older.

The center uses an online tool to screen seniors one-on-one for eligibility in these benefit programs: Medicare Part D Extra Help (Low-Income Subsidy); Medicare Savings Programs, helps pay Part B premiums; Medi-Cal, helps with the costs of medical bills and prescription drugs; Cal-Fresh, provides up to $200 a month on the cost of food; and the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance program to help pay for heating or cooling bills.

The Benefits Enrollment Center then assists the client in filling out applications, collecting the necessary support documents and submitting them to the appropriate office. The center follows up with the senior as the application is reviewed and is available to answer questions, do trouble shooting and help the client learn how to use their new benefits once they are awarded.

The screening and enrollment process will be done both on a one-on-one basis at locations throughout Los Angeles County and through a call center. The toll-free number for reaching the call center is (855) 6-ENROLL (636-7655).

WISE and Healthy Aging’s Benefits Enrollment Center works with organizations including: Bet Tzedek Legal Services; Center for Health Care Rights; City of Los Angeles Department of Aging; L.A. County Department of Public Social Services; Legal Aid Foundation of L.A.; L.A. County Community and Senior Services; St. Barnabas Senior Services and Venice Family Clinic.

For more information on WISE and Healthy Aging, please call 310.394.9871, or visit www.wiseandhealthyaging.org. For information about the Benefits Enrollment Center, please call 855.636.7655.

in News
Related Posts

John McEnroe and Patty Smyth Sell Malibu Home for $29 Million

July 2, 2022

July 2, 2022

Malibu Colony home sold to unknown buyer in private sale By Dolores Quintana John McEnroe, a retired former tennis star,...

SMa.r.t. Column: A Tale of Two Cities

July 2, 2022

July 2, 2022

The City of Santa Monica is surrounded on three sides by the City of Los Angeles. Therefore, while the jurisdictions...

Santa Monica City Council Approves Ballot Measure That Would Increase Hotel Bed Tax

July 1, 2022

July 1, 2022

Santa Monica’s bed tax has been raised since 2004 By Dolores Quintana In a vote on June 28, the Santa...

PETA Attempts to Stop the Beach Club From Holding Annual Fireworks Display

July 1, 2022

July 1, 2022

Parking lot where display is held is on City of LA land, not Santa Monica, allowing Club to obtain permit...

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Prepares for SMASH/Muir Campus Mold Removal

June 30, 2022

June 30, 2022

Exact costs for repairs still unknown By Dolores Quintana and Sam Catanzaro  It is unknown exactly how much the total...

Watering Restrictions for Santa Monica Residents Take Effect Soon

June 30, 2022

June 30, 2022

New restrictions will go into effect on July 5, limiting watering to twice a week By Sam Catanzaro New restrictions...

Daily Harvest Recalls Meal Kits Handed out at Venice Event Following 470 Cases of Mysterious Illness

June 30, 2022

June 30, 2022

Direct-to-consumer meal kit company under fire for handling of outbreak tied to lentil and leek meal kit By Sam Catanzaro...

Central Coast Brewery Makes Westside Acquisitions

June 29, 2022

June 29, 2022

Figueroa Mountain Brewing acquires Broxton Brewery, The Stalking Horse and more. Staff, current beer taps to remain on board at...

Mexican Restaurant Possibly Expanding Into Former Swingers Space

June 29, 2022

June 29, 2022

Bar Hermanito applies for an alcohol exemption sales permit for space at 802 Broadway in Santa Monica By Dolores Quintana...

Six Family-Fun Westside Fourth of July Events

June 29, 2022

June 29, 2022

Fireworks, parades, runs and more taking place across the Westside  By Ashley Sloan  Pacific Palisades  The Pacific Palisades will be...

California Credit Union Awards Grant to Santa Monica Teacher

June 29, 2022

June 29, 2022

Building electric circuit friendship detectors and applying engineering principles to solve real world problems are Westside school projects receiving funding...

Santa Monica’s Building Bridges Art Exchange Presents: J.J. Martin’s “Role Models”

June 28, 2022

June 28, 2022

A traveling exhibit in partnership with Indianilla Cultural Center, Mexico City and Real de Catorce Cultural Center, Real de Catorce,...

Santa Monica City Council Approves New Rules to Streamline Meetings

June 28, 2022

June 28, 2022

Pilot program will run through end of year By Dolores Quintana At the Santa Monica City Council meeting on June...

Banning Construction of New Gas Stations in Los Angeles?

June 28, 2022

June 28, 2022

Motion from LA City Councilmember Paul Koretz calls for banning the building of any new gas pumping facilities By Sam...

Child Of Elon Musk Receives Approval For Name And Gender Change: Santa Monica Beat – June 27th, 2022

June 27, 2022

June 27, 2022

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes.* Child Of Elon Musk Receives Approval For Name And Gender Change * Smash...