WellPoint, a health benefits company, and the National Council on Aging have announced a new collaboration to help WellPoint's Medicare members identify federal, state and other community programs for which they may qualify.

WellPoint will provide its Medicare members access to National Council on Aging’s (NCOA) BenefitsCheckUp, a web- based service that will help individuals, most with limited income and resources, screen for benefits programs. Through this service people with Medicare and limited means can find out if they qualify for and then apply for the Medicare Part D Low Income Subsidy that can provide extra help with covering their prescription drug costs.

Susan Rawlings, president of WellPoint’s senior business, said: We are committed to bringing affordable, quality health care coverage to Medicare eligible beneficiaries. Our association with the National Council on Aging bolsters this commitment. Through this alliance, our Medicare customers will now have direct access to information on a vast array of public and private benefit programs to help address their health and social needs.