Promoting Public Benefits Access Through Web-Based Tools and Outreach: A National Scan of Efforts. Volume II: Detailed Summary Tables of Benefits Access Efforts. Benefits Checkup



Launched in 2001, Benefits Checkup is a an online benefits screening tool designed by the National Council on Aging that uses AGIS Network products to connect older people with benefits that are particularly relevant to them. It includes more than 2,000 public and private benefits programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. At the end of a screener, the tool lists the programs for which the user may be eligible and provides contact information for the agency closest to his or her zip code. Even if an applicant screens for only one program (such as Extra Help), the tool returns results for multiple programs for which the user may be eligible. AARP’s “benefits quicklink” feature connects to Benefits Checkup, providing another portal through which seniors can make the most of this effort.

Key benefit programs

SNAP, Medicare Extra Help, SSI/DI, LIHEAP, federal housing assistance programs, veterans’ pension assistance

Other benefit programs

Prescription drug assistance, Medicare, programs for the deaf and blind, adult protective services

Key technological components

Online screener/benefits calculator

Other key components

None known

Target population


Geographic reach


State/s (abbreviation)

All states

Locality (cities or counties)


Selected sources of information 


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