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BEC Overview

The Whole Person Joins National Network Connecting Seniors and People with Disabilities to Benefits Programs

The Whole Person is a part of the National Council on Aging’s (NCOA) network dedicated to helping people with Medicare improve their financial outlook by enrolling in programs to help them afford health care, prescriptions, food, and more.

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Nationally, half of all people with Medicare live on incomes less than $26,200 per year, and they often lack the resources needed to meet basic living expenses. Federal, state, and local programs exist to help these individuals, but many people do not know how to apply for assistance.

“The Whole Person has a strong history of helping vulnerable residents in the Kansas City Metro area,” said Karen Gridley. “We’re proud to be part of this national network of organizations that, since 2009, has helped more than 850,000 low-income older adults and younger adults with disabilities achieve economic stability.”

The Whole Person is one of 69 Benefits Enrollment Centers (BECs) funded by NCOA to serve low-income Medicare beneficiaries in 36 states. BECs are supported by funding from the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA), administered through the U.S. Administration for Community Living.

BECs use NCOA’s free online BenefitsCheckUp® tool (www.BenefitsCheckUp.org) to screen lower income older adults, and younger adults with disabilities, for more than 2,500 benefits—including Medicare Savings Programs, Part D Extra Help, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—and to help them apply for and use those benefits.

To see if you qualify for assistance, contact us in 1 of 3 ways:
  1. Submit the form under "Get Help Here" on this website
  2. Send an email to at bec@thewholeperson.org
  3. Call us at 816-561-0304

The website pages explaining The Whole Person's Benefits Enrollment Center have been produced in part from a grant awarded by the National Council on Aging (NCOA). All opinions expressed herein are those of The Whole Person and not NCOA.