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Let LINKS help you find and enroll in programs that help you save money. BenefitsCheckUp quickly finds federal, state and private benefit programs available to help you save money on prescription drugs, utilities, taxes, nutrition, and more. BenefitsCheckUp Colorado is brought to you by Centura Health, AARP and the National Outreach Partner for BenefitsCheckUp—a service of the National Council on Aging, and the Rose Community Foundation.
As of June 2016, Colorado’s Medicaid program was re-named Health First Colorado. Health First Colorado is a federally funded benefit program that provides health insurance for those living on a fixed income. Qualified individuals will receive coverage for hospital care, doctor’s visits, home care and skilled nursing facility care.
LEAP is a state run program that helps individuals and families manage heat and energy costs including home energy bills, energy crises, weatherization and energy-related minor home repairs. In Colorado, you can apply for this benefit between November and April.
LIS, also known as “Extra-Help” is a program for Medicare Beneficiaries living on a fixed income that helps cover Medicare Part D monthly premiums, deductibles, coinsurance and co-pays. The amount of the subsidy is dependent on the individual’s income compared to the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).
Medicare is a Federal insurance program for individuals who are 65 years and older, certain younger people with disabilities, and individuals with End-Stage-Renal-Disease. Original Medicare is made-up of four parts (i.e. Parts A, B, C, and D) which provide hospital, medical, and drug coverage.
Medicare Part D refers to the Medicare prescription drug benefit. Generally, individuals who are enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B are eligible for a Part D plan. There are a variety of Part D plans each of which has a different cost and covers different medications. Contact LINKS to learn more about what your options are and what plan works best for you.
The Medicare Savings Programs are for Medicare Beneficiaries living on a fixed-income living at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). The Medicare Savings Programs include Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB), Specified Low Income Beneficiary (SLMB), and Qualifying Individual (QI). Depending on which program you qualify for, you may receive assistance in paying for Medicare premiums and portions of Medicare costs that are not covered by Medicare.
Old Age Pension is a state-funded program that provides financial assistance to low-income individuals who are 60 years or older. The amount of the stipend is dependent on the individual’s monthly income.
The RxAssist helps make prescription medications more affordable. Pharmaceutical companies may be able to offer generic brands or other low cost alternatives to your current medications that will help decrease your prescription costs.
The SNAP program is one of the most well-known food assistance programs in the United States. SNAP is a cash benefit that helps limited or fixed income individuals and families afford the food they need for good health.
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