Elder Law Project

Vermont Legal Aid’s Elder Law Project focuses on the legal issues of Vermonters aged 60 and up. Through the ELP and the Medicare Advocacy Project (MAP), we provide advice, advocacy and full representation.

The ELP helps seniors with:

  • housing problems
  • state and federal benefits like unemployment benefits
  • Social Security
  • 3SquaresVT food help
  • long-term Medicaid planning
  • elder abuse, and
  • financial exploitation and neglect.

We testify before the Vermont legislature about policy decisions that impact elders’ dignity, safety and individual rights.

The MAP represents Vermonters who get both Medicare and Medicaid. We appeal if Medicare won’t pay for:

  • home health services
  • durable medical equipment
  • nursing care, and
  • prescription drug coverage.

MAP helps improve the lives of thousands of seniors by bringing lawsuits to ensure Medicare pays for their care.

Vermont Legal Aid has developed information on many legal topics that affect seniors. Access them on our VTLawHelp.org website.

Fixing a year-long unemployment problem 

Jeffery, a 65-year-old senior, lost his job during the coronavirus pandemic. Jeffrey tried to file for unemployment benefits, but his application was not processed for weeks. He heard nothing about his application until two months later. The Department of Labor finally told him he was not eligible for benefits. Jeffrey tried to appeal the decision, but he was told he sent in the form too late. After spending almost a full year trying to appeal the decision with no income and no work, he finally called the Elder Law Project.

We investigated and found out that Jeffrey never got proper notice of his eligibility. We petitioned for a new hearing and got one. Jeffrey was found eligible and got over $10,000 in back benefits.

Name(s) and some details have been changed to protect anonymity and confidentiality.

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Need help?

You may qualify for legal help from Vermont Legal Aid. To ask for a referral to Vermont Legal Aid or other legal help:

  • use our Legal Help Tool on the VTLawHelp.org website, or
  • call our legal helpline at 1-800-889-2047.