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Elder law project helps seniors

Vermont Legal Aid’s Elder Law Project focuses on the legal needs and problems of Vermonters older than 60. Through our Senior Citizens Law Project (SCLP) and Medicare Advocacy Project (MAP), the project provides a full range of legal services that includes advice, assistance with documents such as powers of attorney and advance directives, advocacy and full representation.

SCLP represents seniors on legal issues like public housing, health care, government benefits and guardianship. It advocates on behalf of seniors, including testifying before the Legislature regarding policy matters that impact seniors’ safety, dignity and rights.

MAP represents Medicare beneficiaries who also receive Medicaid in Medicare appeals concerning home health services, durable medical equipment, nursing care, and prescription drug coverage. MAP has helped improve the lives of thousands of seniors in Vermont by prosecuting successful lawsuits that hold Medicare accountable to follow the rules when making decisions about care and services.

Vermont Legal Aid has developed online materials on a variety of legal topics that affect seniors. Access them at vtlawhelp.org. 

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