Each year, Legal Aid partners with Whitman-Walker Health’s Legal Program to train pro bono law firm volunteers to help ensure that low-income D.C. Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in the proper Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. Through this collaboration, we make sure that each client gets a thorough analysis of his or her prescription drug needs and is enrolled in the Part D prescription drug plan that best meets those needs at the lowest possible cost.
Outreach to Medicare beneficiaries this year is especially crucial in light of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which began on October 1. Many of our clients are confused about whether the ACA will affect them. We are concerned that, given this confusion, our clients might be vulnerable to calls or home visits to try to get them to sign up for coverage they do not need. In the past, these types of predatory practices have resulted in clients’ losing access to their doctors and/or prescriptions.
Legal Aid and its volunteers attempt to meet our clients’ need for information and assistance by holding several in-person and phone outreach clinics throughout the open season, which extends for low-income beneficiaries from October 15 through the end of the calendar year. We will hold walk-in clinics this year throughout the District at our NW, SE and new SW sites, as well as the offices of Bread for the City in NW and SE and Community Connections.
As always, we are grateful to our partners Whitman-Walker Health, Bread for the City and Community Connections, Arnold and Porter and Hogan Lovells (who have hosted our Part D trainings for the past seven years), and all of the volunteer attorneys who give so much of their time and effort to this work.
For more information on this season’s Medicare Part D clinic dates, times, and locations, please click here or contact Legal Aid at (202) 628-1161. For more information on Medicare and Health Care Reform implementation, please click here.