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"NATIONAL SENIOR CITIZENS LAW CENTER" (NSCLC)

WHATThe National Senior Citizens Law Center provides advocacy, litigation, education and counseling to ensure health and economic security of older adults with limited income and resources.
WHYThe National Senior Citizens Law Center aims to ensure access to healthcare, to protect the rights of low-income older adults and allow low-income older adults to live with dignity and to live independently for as possible for as long as possible.
WHEREThe National Senior Citizens Law Center.
Based in Washington, DC., and Los Angeles,California.


Program Description


 “Protecting the rights of low-income elderly.”

“Since 1972, the National Senior Citizens Law Center has worked to promote the independence and well-being of low-income elderly and persons with disabilities, especially women, people of color, and other disadvantaged minorities.”

-nsclc.org

The objective of the National Senior Citizens Law Center is to protect the rights of low-income older adults through litigation, advocacy and educating local advocates and agencies. The center works with legal services and aging service providers to ensure the health and economic security of older adults who have limited income and resources.

The National Senior Citizens Law Center aims to:

  • Preserve, strengthen and expand Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, In Home Supportive Services (IHSS) and SSI health benefits programs.
  • Work to ensure that low-income seniors understand and have access to affordable health care.
  • Ensure that older adults receive long-term care at home when possible as an alternative to institutionalization.

The National Senior Citizens Law Center believes that low-income older adults, regardless of race, language, or gender should be able to:

  • Live in dignity and safety and remain as independent as possible for as long as possible.
  • Be free from the worry and pain that poverty or the lack of health care can bring.
  • Contribute to their families and societies as long as they can.

The National Senior Citizens Law Center’s helps seniors with issues such as healthcare, including the affordable care act, Medicare, Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D), Medicaid, Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and other economic issues.

The National Senior Citizens Law Center is involved with advocating for those who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid and works with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Medicare Rights Center, and the Center for Medicare Advocacy. These groups help seniors and others understand their rights and benefits, provides counseling, training, presentations and materials on Medicare related topics.

NSCLC works with the Social Security Administration, an organization, ‘Social Security Works,’ the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations and policymakers to protect Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.

The National Senior Citizens Law Center is also working to end discrimination against the LGBT population at large and also specifically LGBT seniors with respect to social security benefits.

The National Senior Citizens Law Center works to promote the independence and well-being of low-income of not only the elderly but also those with disabilities, women, people of color, and other disadvantaged minorities.

The center puts out a biweekly electronic newsletter for legal service advocates who work with low-income seniors called the ‘Washington Report’ covering topics such as: Medicare, Medicaid, Dual Eligibility, Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports, Social Security, SSI, and Court Access.

Webinars, special events, along with current research is also made available.

The National Senior Citizens Law Center is an advocacy organization that provides education and counseling for legal services advocates nationwide. The organization does not provide legal advice or guidance to individuals, however may provide referrals to resources for legal assistance.
source: nsclc.org

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