Note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this program has been rescheduled and is now available online only as a live or recorded webcast.
Due in part to the high cost of living, older adults in Massachusetts have the second lowest levels of economic security in the nation. This training provides an overview of the key public benefits programs to help older adults meet their basic needs. Experts will review the basic eligibility rules for cash benefit programs like SSI and Social Security Insurance benefits, home-based care services from the Office of Elder Affairs, and health care programs like Medicare and MassHealth. It will also provide a brief summary of other public benefits. This program provides legal services advocates, lawyers and paralegals in private practice, social workers, case managers and advocates with other community groups with basic knowledge about many of the resources available to elders, with an emphasis on program criteria specific to elders and how to navigate the complexities across programs. Detailed materials will also be provided.