Benefits Access and Enrollment During COVID-19

Event Description: 

The National I&R Support Center at ADvancing States is hosting a webinar on benefits access and enrollment during COVID-19. This webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, September 30, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET.

COVID-19 is a long-lasting and complex disaster situation involving a public health emergency and an economic crisis, with particularly acute impacts for older adults, people with disabilities, and others with certain health conditions. In response, the federal government and state and local agencies have sought to address basic needs, provide access to certain benefits, and modify service delivery for vulnerable populations. Due to changes in federal regulation and law, states are responding with changes in policies and procedures to ensure individuals have access to public benefit programs, such as the Medicare low-income subsidies, SNAP, and LIHEAP. Presenters will describe examples of opportunities and adjustments that states have made to connect older adults and persons with disabilities to critical benefit programs during the pandemic. Data from an ADvancing States COVID-19 membership survey will be shared. Additionally, Massachusetts’ SHINE program will describe how they are operating and responding during the pandemic to continue to connect consumers to benefits such as Medicare and the Medicare low-income subsidies.

Presenters: Cindy Phillips, Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, SHINE Program; Brandy Bauer, National Council on Aging; Samantha Gardner, ADvancing States


Real-time captioning will be provided for this webinar.


Pre-registration is required for this webinar. Space is limited so make sure to register as soon as possible.


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Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm EDT
ADvancing States