All About Services for Seniors
KLS works with the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) and the Area Agencies on Aging as a part of the state aging network. Older Americans Act funds are added together with LSC and other private funds to address this growing area of need.
This guide was put out by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) to help seniors explore options to help meet the costs of daily living.
Assistance may come in the form of a voucher, discounts for goods, and free or reduced-price services. The resources are offered through federal, state and local benefit programs and nearly all are available nationwide.
The Senior Citizen Law Project (SCLP)
The Senior Citizen Law Project (SCLP) gives legal services to persons age 60 and older. SCLP focuses on civil legal issues. The goal is to target older persons who have the greatest needs. Top issues include helping seniors get income and medical assistance needed for their well-being. Another top issue is stopping any abuse of elders.
SCLP also has an education program. Elders and workers serving them may learn about elders' rights and protections under the law.
If you or someone you know is a victim of elder abuse, help is available from the Elder Justice Initiative.
Click here to learn more about elder abuse at the Department of Justice Elder Justice Initiative website.
Click here to find out about programs in Kansas.
Elder Law Hotline
Elder Law Hotline is a project of KLS. Hotline attorneys answer questions in civil cases for Kansans age 60 or older. Cases may be referred to a local Senior Citizens Law Project attorney or a private attorney. The Elder Law Panel of lawyers is a partnership that KLS has with the Kansas Bar Association.
The Elder Law Hotline serves the rising need for quality elder law services in Kansas. In Kansas, many older persons may have health or physical problems or live in an isolated place. Because of this, a statewide Hotline service is a good way to get legal services to elderly Kansans.
In 2009, the Kansas Bar Association gave its annual Pro Bono Award to the Elder Law Hotline. This award recognizes a lawyer or law firm for the delivery of direct legal services free of charge to the poor.
Elder Hotline 888-353-5337
Medicare Coverage of Ambulance Services
This official government booklet explains:
- When Medicare helps cover ambulance services
- What you pay
- What Medicare pays
- What to do if Medicare doesn’t cover your ambulance service
Medicare Interactive will help you with basic questions about Medicare.
Medicare Savings Programs
Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs) are programs that help pay for your Medicare medical costs. Remember Part A covers hospital care and Part B covers other medical care.
The Medicare Savings programs (MSP) do not have any estate recovery requirement.
If you think you might qualify for any of these benefits, print this application and send it to your local DCF (Kansas Department for Children and Families) office. Find your local office on this map:
Don’t wait for March Medicare Madness - - see if you qualify for extra help with your Medicare Part D (Drug insurance) premium today!
You can check your eligibility and apply online here: https://secure.ssa.gov/i1020/start
Social Security says: You should complete this application for Extra Help on the Internet if:
- You have Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and/or Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance); and
- You live in one of the 50 States or the District of Columbia;
- Have income up to $1,528 monthly ($2,050 for couples) in 2017
- Your combined savings, investments, and real estate are not worth more than $27,600, if you are married and living with your spouse, or $13,820 if you are not currently married or not living with your spouse. (Do NOT count your home, vehicles, personal possessions, life insurance, burial plots, irrevocable burial contracts or back payments from Social Security or SSI.) If you have more than those amounts, you may not qualify for the extra help. However, you can still enroll in an approved Medicare prescription drug plan for coverage.
EXCEPTION: Even if you meet these conditions, DO NOT complete this application if you have Medicare and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Medicare and Medicaid because you automatically will get the extra help.
The Kansas Aging and Disability Resource Guide
The Kansas Aging and Disability Resource Guide, put together by the State of Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, has general information and will answer commonly asked questions for seniors and those who love and care for them in Kansas. The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services website also has many other resources for seniors.
Advance Directives and Health Care Power of Attorney
Click here for information about Advance Directives including Health Care Power of Attorney, Living Will and Do Not Resuscitate Orders.
Did you know that financial abuse of the elderly in Kansas is a crime? Read more about it here.
Need proof of your Social Security benefit amount?
You can get that information immediately online. Go to http://www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount/ to create an online account and print a copy of your benefit letter.
Guardianship of grandchildren
Getting guardianship of your grandchildren by Alexandra English, staff attorney in our Kansas City office, was published in the Johnson County Department on Aging newsletter The Best Times.