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August 8, 2017 > Senior advocate group offers legal, Medicare assistance

Senior advocate group offers legal, Medicare assistance

Submitted By Jennifer Pardini

The mission of Legal Assistance for Seniors (LAS) is to ensure the independence and dignity of seniors by protecting their legal rights through education, counseling, and advocacy. We offer services in the following areas: Public Benefits, Immigration, Elder Abuse, Guardianship, and Health Care.

LAS is the parent agency for Alameda CountyÕs HICAP, a volunteer-based program helping people on Medicare and pre-retirees to navigate the health insurance maze. HICAP provides free, unbiased Medicare counseling to anyone in Alameda County. We help Medicare beneficiaries of any age make informed choices and we provide advocacy when their health care benefits and rights are threatened or denied. Individual appointments and group presentations are available throughout the county.

MedicareÕs annual enrollment period runs from October 15 through December 7 and allows people to make changes in their Medicare plans for the following year. If you have experienced changes in your health or financial situation this open enrollment period is your opportunity to ensure your health care needs are being met. There is no cost to meet with our volunteer HICAP Counselors who provide individual appointments so that they can answer questions specific to each personÕs situation. By early October, we know what changes will affect coverage in 2018 and can provide accurate and detailed information for Alameda County Medicare beneficiaries.

If you would like us to schedule educational presentations about Medicare or any of our legal services for a group of seniors or providers you know, you may contact our office at (510) 832-3040 or https://www.lashicap.org/ and ask for the Community Education Department.

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