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A report from the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging says that millions of seniors are missing out on over $20 billion in benefits simply because they are unaware these benefits are available.

The two organizations are responsible for a website – – that connects senior with services that can provide assistance. NCOA also runs a website where seniors can see which government programs they qualify for at

In 2011, screenings on the BenefitsCheckUp website identified more than $1.2 billion in benefits that users were eligible to receive but are not getting. One-third of those were already enrolled in one benefit, but were eligible for other benefits they were not receiving.

Some of the benefits being missed include:

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which provides access to nutritious food;

Medicare and Medicaid assistance for health care;

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), for assistance with heating and cooling costs;

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) – provides a minimal source of income.

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