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WEBINAR: Legal Basics: Social Security

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When: Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET.

Social Security is a popular social insurance program administered by the Social Security Administration. It provides critical resources and economic security to many workers who are retired or have a disability, as well as to their survivors and dependents. This webinar is designed for legal services and other advocates who are just getting started in the field and others who want to learn more about the essentials of the program.

This Legal Basics: Social Security webinar will cover the basics of the Social Security program and the rules surrounding it, including general information on how the program works and who is eligible to claim benefits (including spouses and children). We will also discuss other basic information such as timing considerations when applying for benefits, how benefits are calculated, and suggestions on where to find further information.

Presenter:
Tracey Gronniger, Directing Attorney, Justice in Aging

This webinar will take place on Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET.

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WEBINAR: Elder Financial Abuse and Medicaid Denials

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When: Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET

Financial exploitation can devastate low-income older adults, especially those who rely on Medicaid for their health and long-term care. For example, older adults who are victims of financial abuse may be denied eligibility for Medicaid because their abuser won’t turn over their bank records. Without Medicaid eligibility, the older adult may be threatened with eviction or involuntary discharge from a nursing home because of nonpayment.

Legal services are critical to helping older victims of financial exploitation receive the medical care and services to which they are entitled. Join us for Elder Financial Abuse and Medicaid Denials to learn how to identify victims of elder financial abuse, what problems this exploitation can cause for Medicaid eligibility, and how legal services attorneys can help their older clients receive the benefits they need and prevent future problems accessing Medicaid.

Presenters:
Jennifer Goldberg, Directing Attorney, Justice in Aging
Jahna Locke, Elder Justice Legal Fellow, Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps, New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)

This webinar took place on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET.

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WEBINAR: Legal Basics: Medicare Part D

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When: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET.

People with Medicare get their prescription drugs though the Medicare Part D program. This program is separate from the one that provides recipients with hospital and medical coverage. Medicare Part D has its own rules and can be complicated to navigate, even for the most seasoned advocate.

During this basic training, Medicare Part D, Justice in Aging attorneys provide essential information on Medicare Part D, with particular emphasis on how the program works for low income consumers.

The training provides an overview of:

  • Eligibility and enrollment
  • The Low Income Subsidy (“Extra Help”)
  • Plan choices
  • Exceptions and appeals

Following the training, the audience will have a foundational understanding of Medicare Part D and the most common issues advocates encounter.

Newer legal services attorneys, law students, and aging and disability network professionals looking to understand the basic principles of Medicare Part D are encouraged to attend.

Presenters:
Georgia Burke, Directing Attorney, Justice in Aging
Amber Christ, Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging

The webinar took place on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET.

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WEBINAR: Older Adults who are Immigrants: Access to Healthcare and Other Public Benefits

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When: Friday, April 21, 2017 at 11:00 a.m PT/2:00 p.m. ET.  

Are your senior clients coming to you with immigration-related questions? Recent events have left many people understandably confused and anxious. Need clarification on an immigrant older adult eligibility for safety net programs like Medicaid or SSI?

Join Justice in Aging as we host a special immigration law webinar, Older Adults who are Immigrants: Access to Healthcare and Other Public Benefits, with our partners from the National Immigration Law Center. Intended for an audience who work with low income seniors but who are not familiar with immigration law, this webinar covers basic topics, like:

  • Different types of immigrants in our communities;
  • Rights and protections for immigrant seniors;
  • Immigrant senior eligibility for SSI, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid; and
  • Resources for individual assistance

This free webinar also highlights some of the recent events affecting immigrant seniors and how they may be affected by changes in government policies.

Presenter:
Gabrielle Lessard, Senior Policy Attorney, National Immigration Law Center

Moderator:
Denny Chan, Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging

This webinar took place on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 11:00 a.m PT/2:00 p.m. ET.

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WEBINAR: Reverse Mortgages Servicing & Foreclosure: Emerging Issues

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When: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET.

Reverse mortgages allow older homeowners to age in place by supplementing income, providing funding for repairs or modifications to the home, or other necessary expenses by converting equity in their homes into cash. Recently there has been an uptick in reverse mortgage foreclosures due to property charge defaults and other issues, leading to the displacement of older adults from their homes. Homeowners and their families also face challenges when dealing with the companies that service reverse mortgage loans.

This free webinar, Reverse Mortgage Servicing & Foreclosure: Emerging Issues outlines issues facing reverse mortgage borrowers and offers strategies to address the challenges. This session highlights recent changes to the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program.

Presenters:
Odette Williamson, Attorney, National Consumer Law Center
Sarah Bolling Mancini, Of Counsel, National Consumer Law Center

The webinar took place on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET.

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WEBINAR: Legal Basics: Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

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When: Tuesday, April 11 at 11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a critical safety net program administered by the Social Security Administration that provides a very basic income to older adults and people with disabilities with no or only limited other income and resources. This webinar is designed for legal services and other advocates who are just getting started in the field and others who want to learn more about the essentials of the program.

This webinar covers the basic rules surrounding the SSI program, which provides modest financial support to older adults and people with disabilities who lack other resources. We describe the program and discuss the basic rules of eligibility, how benefits are calculated, and provide suggestions on where to go if you need further information.

For more information on SSI, read Justice in Aging’s Fact Sheet on the program. 

Presenters:
Trinh Phan, Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging
Jenny Chung Mejia, Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging

The webinar took place on Tuesday, April 11 at 11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET.

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WEBINAR: Older Adults and Health Care Decision-Making in Clinical Settings

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When: Wednesday, March 22 at 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET.

When older adults lack the capacity to make important health care decisions for themselves and have nothing in writing naming a person to make decisions for them, how can the right health care decisions be made in clinical settings? Over the past 40 years, nearly every state has passed statutes on health care decision-making. The laws vary from state-to-state, from authorizing living wills or powers of attorney for health care to defining the conditions when withholding or withdrawing life sustaining care is permitted for patients who lack capacity.

Despite years of legal guidance, questions remain regarding the statutory applicability in clinical practice. In 2016, the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging (ABA COLA) initiated a national survey to explore health care clinicians’ perspectives on questions regarding capacity and decision-making. Findings explore instances when the law and clinical practice clearly align, when there are consultation differences between lawyers and clinical providers, and outline the areas that still present the greatest challenges for health care decision making in clinical settings.

In this webinar, David Godfrey, Senior Attorney to the ABA COLA, details the survey findings and implications for the health and aging network working with older adults with diminished capacity. The webinar is accompanied by an Issue Brief that highlights the survey findings and provides recommendations for the field.

Presenter:
David Godfrey, Senior Attorney, American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging

The webinar took place on Wednesday, March 22 at 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET.

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WEBINAR: Medicaid Funding Caps Would Harm Older Americans

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When: Tuesday March 7, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. PT/ 2:00 p.m. ET.

One result of the 2016 elections has been increased discussion of Medicaid “cap” proposals. What would happen if federal Medicaid funding were capped, and individual states were given broad authority to re-write their Medicaid programs? How could states maintain necessary health care services with drastic cuts in federal funding? What would Medicaid block grants and per capita caps mean for the older adults you serve?

This webinar explains why the cap proposals would be harmful to the over six million older Americans who rely upon Medicaid coverage. The webinar includes advocacy strategies to retain current Medicaid protections and prevent cuts—without a doubt, the next few months are critical for all who care about health care for low-income older Americans.

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WEBINAR: Legal Basics: Foreclosure Prevention

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When: Tuesday, March 21 at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET.

This webinar was rescheduled from March 14 due to blizzard conditions in the Northeast.

Nearly 80% of older adults own a home, and, despite rising housing-related costs and living on fixed or limited incomes, older adults prefer to age in place. Homeowners who have not retired their mortgage debt may find it challenging to keep up with monthly payments as they age. Many will fall behind on the loan and face foreclosure.

Please join housing experts, Odette Williamson and Jeremiah Battle of the National Consumer Law Center, for this Legal Basics webinar. The presentation discusses the work out options and other resources available to assist older homeowners facing foreclosure after default on a forward mortgage. Many of the options have changed and will continue to change over the coming year. This session includes updates on workout options and other foreclosure alternatives.

Presenters:
Odette Williamson, Attorney, National Consumer Law Center
Jeremiah Battle, Attorney, National Consumer Law Center

The webinar took place on Tuesday, March 21 at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET.

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WEBINAR: “I Can’t Pay That!” — Social Security Overpayments and Low-Income Clients

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When: Wednesday, February 22 at 11:00 a.m. PT/ 2:00 p.m. ET.

An overpayment of Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits occurs whenever an individual receives more money for a month than the amount that should have been paid by the Social Security Administration (SSA). While the overpayment of benefits can result from a seemingly endless variety of events, the amount of an overpayment is always the difference between the amount that was received and the amount that was due. Individuals have several options for what they can do when they receive a notice of an overpayment from SSA.

In this webinar, “I Can’t Pay That!” — Social Security Overpayments and Low-Income Clients, Justice in Aging attorneys review what those options are and the requirements for each. We cover the steps advocates can take to ensure the accuracy of an overpayment claimed by SSA, to reduce or eliminate the amount taken by SSA, and to enforce clients’ due process rights. Participants also learn about recent changes SSA has made to address some of the problems with the overpayment appeal and waiver processes, and how you can be part of the efforts to tackle these problems.

Presenters:
Kate Lang, Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging
Trinh Phan, Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging

The webinar took place on Wednesday, February 22nd at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET

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