AAACAP Benefits Counseling Program provides HICAP/SHIP-certified Medicare Benefit Counselors to answer questions about Medicare health care coverage, issues and public benefits. A benefit counselor provides information and counseling free of charge to seniors 60 years of age or older and to Medicare beneficiaries of any age.
Benefit counselors assist Medicare beneficiaries in the following areas:
Medicare Parts A & B
Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (Part D)
Medicare Advantage Plans (Part C)
Extra Help with Part D Prescription Drug Costs (a program thru Social Security Administration)
Medicare Savings Programs to help pay for Medicare Part B premium (thru Texas HHSC)
Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) Policies
Medicare Appeals Rights and Representation
Medicare and Employer/Secondary Health Insurance interaction
Public Benefits Programs
Medicare Fraud Prevention
Medicare Preventive Health
Understanding Medicare when you first become eligible
Open Enrollment Period plan selection for Part D Drug Plans and Advantage Plans
For free one-on-one confidential counseling, call a Medicare benefit counselor today at 512-916-6062 or toll free 888-622-9111, ext. 6062.
Medicare & other Fraud Webinars
The benefits counselor program works to raise awareness about fraud and scams that affect older adults. It does so in an effort to reduce the criminal active and to help prevent older adults from becoming victims of these predatory crimes. While not limited to older adults, they are often targets of these crimes, which also can seek to obtain Medicare monies.
Top 10 Scams of 2021
The Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area’s (AAACAP) Benefits Counselors Program hosted Texas Senior Medicare Patrol for a webinar about the top 10 scams targeting older adults and Medicare recipients. The webinar covered common versions of the scams, how they may rely on empathy and sympathy to target older adults, how older adults can identify such scams, how to help prevent from being a victim, and more.
Medicare is separate from the new Health Insurance Marketplace established by the federal Affordable Care Act, but Area Agency on Aging benefits counselors can explain the differences between both programs and answer questions. Call 512-916-6062 or toll free 888-622-9111, ext. 6062 for help.
Long-term Care Services
Long-term care assistance is provided through Texas Health and Human Services Commission and the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services. See the eligibility table for information on allowable financial resource amounts and office contact phone numbers.
The benefits counselor program will host webinars and educational events that provide insight on securing benefits and supports that make older adults more eligible for aging in the place of their choosing.
Estate Planning for Older Adults
The Area Agency on Aging of the Capital conducted a webinar that provided older adults and their caregivers with information about legal services everyone should think about while they age in the community of their choice. The webinar featured Paul J. Zambie, a managing attorney with Austin-based Texas Legal Services Center. Inc.
Contact the benefits counselors about details for participating in a free, one-on-one legal clinic about any of the topics above. Or complete the AAACAP Estate Planning Intake Forms (English/Español) and email or fax it to 512-916-6042 for further assistance.
BenefitsCheckUp is a web-based screening tool which helps to find local, state and federal programs. It can help many people with expenses such as prescription drugs, rent, heating bills, meals and more. The service is a National Council on Aging, a national non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, program. It’s simple. It’s fast. It’s free. It’s private.
Hint: “Find More Benefits Programs” will give a user the widest variety of programs for which they may be eligible. If someone needs assistance, please call AAACAP and ask for a benefit counselor. AAACAP’s benefit counselors can help complete the CheckUp.