The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program will continue its seven-part public benefits series in November and December, this time focusing on health care access, disability programs, and unemployment insurance. All sessions are open not only to lawyers but also to members of the public, including case managers and client advocates.
On November 20, from 12 to 3 p.m., participants will get an overview of Medicare eligibility and benefits and how to help clients choose the right Medicare Part D prescription drug plan for 2014. It is critical for all Medicare beneficiaries to get an annual drug plan “checkup” as well as to ensure they are enrolled in the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary and Low-Income Subsidy programs to lower costs.
Erin Loubier, director of public benefits and senior managing attorney at Whitman-Walker Health, and Jennifer Mezey, supervising attorney at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, will serve as faculty.
On December 4, from 12 to 3 p.m., the training will focus on the Social Security Administration’s two disability programs—Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)—including eligibility, benefits, and application tips.
Loubier will be joined by Scott McNeilly of the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless and Lucy Newton of Legal Aid as faculty.
The last session on December 17, from 12 to 2 p.m., will discuss unemployment insurance as a critical wage-replacement benefit for workers who lose their jobs through no fault of their own. Faculty will provide an overview of eligibility and benefits under the District of Columbia’s unemployment insurance system, as well as how unemployment interacts with other public benefits such as the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, food stamps, Medicaid, and SSDI/SSI.
This session will be led by Drake Hagner of Legal Aid, Tonya Love of AFL-CIO’s Claimant Advocacy Program, and Heather Wydra of Whitman-Walker Health.
All three sessions will be held at the D.C. Bar Conference Center, 1101 K Street NW, first floor.
The series is presented in collaboration with Bread for the City, D.C. Hunger Solutions, Legal Aid, Legal Counsel for the Elderly, Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, and Whitman-Walker Health.
For more information, contact the Pro Bono Program at 202-626-3489.
Health Care, Part 2: Medicaid, Medicare, and Health Care Reform in the District
Wednesday, November 20, 12–3 p.m.
Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI/SSI and IDA)
Wednesday, December 4, 12–3 p.m.
Unemployment Insurance Benefits Session
Tuesday, December 17, 12–2 p.m.