WISE & Healthy Aging of Santa Monica is one of 10 organizations nationwide that have received a grant from the National Council on Aging to assist seniors and younger adults with disabilities in accessing public benefits programs.

Awarded through the council’s National Center for Benefits Outreach and Enrollment, the grants support the development of person-centered, community-based systems for more efficient outreach and enrollment of eligible seniors and younger adults with disabilities into public benefits through the creation of Benefits Enrollment Centers (BECs).

The new BECs will join the first 10 in assisting eligible seniors and younger adults with disabilities throughout the country to enroll in programs that help pay for prescription drugs, medical care, food or utilities.

“The economic downturn makes the work of Benefits Enrollment Centers even more important,” said Jim Firman, president and CEO of NCOA.

Each BEC will receive up to $130,000 to establish more effective systems to enroll seniors and adults with disabilities into various benefits programs.

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