Medicare and Medicaid Resources on the Internet

Benefits Check Up:
Service of the National Council on Aging (NCOA). Free, confidential, personalized report on benefits eligibility for individuals. The site can help you “locate programs that can help you pay for medications, health care, food, utilities and more.”

Medicare: U. S. government site for persons with Medicare. Includes Prescription Assistance Program Information, Medigap Compare, and Nursing Home Compare by state and region.

National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information
A website of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that provides information and resources to help seniors and caregivers plan for long-term care (LTC) needs. It has information on Understanding Long-Term Care, Planning for Long-Term Care, and Paying for Long-Term Care.

SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) has a website with information about services as well as volunteer opportunities, According to the site, “SHINE provides educational materials and free unbiased insurance counseling to Florida elders, caregivers and family members. Our goal is to help elders understand and receive the health insurance coverage they need through Medicare, Medicaid, Prescription Assistance, Long-Term Care Planning & Insurance, and other health care issues.”

ACCESS Florida (Automated Community Connection to Economic Self-Sufficiency) is the Florida Department of Children and Families’ website. The ACCESS Florida site  enables people to apply online for Medicaid and Nutrition Assistance (formerly foodstamps). For locations in Pasco and Pinellas County that offer ACCESS computers to the public, call The Helpline at 1-800-963-5337. For inquiries from outside of the area call 727-217-8111.