|Legal Assistance &
Public Benefits Advocacy:
The Aging Office staff has knowledge of programs and services available through human services agencies. Assisting in the understanding of these programs and linking needs with availability is the primary goal.
The Agency collaborates with Legal Aid of Nebraska to provide legal advice and brief services to Nebraska residents over 60 years of age through their
toll free ElderAcessLine. Phone calls to the ElderAcessLine are answered by an experienced paralegal who will ask you questions about your situation. The Elder Law attorney will be available to either talk to you when you call or to call you back at a specific time.
Call the ElderAcessLine for information about:
• Grandparents Rights
• Consumer Protection
• Simple Wills
• Power of Attorney
• Advanced Directives
• Homestead Exemptions
• Other Legal Concerns
The Agency staff is available to speak on a variety of timely aging issues. Topics include advance directives, financial counseling, consumer protection, long term care insurance, etc.
Medicare Part D:
Agency staff is available for education, consultation and assistance throughout the year. During the annual sign up period
October 15 through December 7 the Agency takes
appointments for assistance in-house and facilitates sign up sites throughout our seventeen county service area.
Beginning January 1, 2006 Medicare started offering prescription drug coverage to people with Medicare. To get Medicare prescription drug coverage, you must choose and join a Medicare drug plan. Medicare drug plans will be offered by insurance companies and other private
companies approved by Medicare. Medicare drug coverage is available to everyone with Medicare. There is additional help for those who need it most. If a person qualifies for the extra help paying for their Medicare drug plan premium, and/or for some of the cost they would normally pay for their prescriptions. The drug plans can change their premiums and copays each year. This process starts each
October 15 and goes through December 7. With an effective date of January 1 of the following year. Each year the eligible individual needs to take a look at the plans and the drugs that they are on. They can change plans only
during that time. The SHIP program (see below) is a vital tool with this process.
Medicare Filing Assistance:
This service is available in most areas through
or trained SHIP volunteers (see
below). Problems in filing, follow-up or appeals are handled through the
SHIP - State Health Insurance
This program provides information and counseling to older Nebraskans and persons with disabilities regarding Medicare, Medicaid and health insurance. The Mission - Because Medicare, Medicaid, and other types of health insurance can be confusing to most people, the federal government, through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, funds a senior health insurance assistance program in every state. The Nebraska
State Health Insurance Assistance Program is located within the Nebraska Department of Insurance.
SHIP has a statewide network of volunteer counselors trained to help people with Medicare across Nebraska.
Anyone interested in becoming a trained volunteer should contact the
SMP - Senior Medicare Patrol:
Agency staff is available to explain the SMP program with groups
and individuals on empowering seniors to prevent healthcare
fraud, waste and abuse. The way to do this is through speaking
presentations on timely issues and showing how to check the
Medicare Summary Notices and keep track of when a visit was made
to the Dr.'s office and what was done. Giving your Medicare
number to providers for the billing of their services and not to
scam artists. The SMP program is always looking for volunteers
that provide assistance to other seniors.
Contact our West Central Nebraska
Area Agency on Aging office at