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LEGAL HELP WITH PUBLIC BENEFITS
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Are you having problems getting or keeping your cash, food, medical, and/or child care benefits? Have you been told you were overpaid benefits and have to pay them back? Our attorneys provide legal help and information to single adults and families whose Washington state benefits have been reduced, terminated, or denied – and those given benefits overpayment notices.
INTAKE LINE: Contact us at 206.694.6742 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
See if your family qualifies for food, cash assistance, child care, medical benefits or long-term care through the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS).
Legal Resources for Other State Benefits
- Benefits Law Center: Provides legal help and information for people in Washington state whose Social Security Benefits (SSI/SSDI) have been reduced, denied or terminated.
- Northwest Justice Project: Provides legal help and information for people in Washington state who have civil legal needs in many different areas of the law.
- Tenant Law Center: Provides help with Section 8 and other housing benefits terminations.
- Unemployment Law Project: Provides legal help and information for people in Washington state whose unemployment benefits have been denied.
More Legal Resources
- Alliance for Equal Justice: A network of Washington state organizations that collaborate to coordinate strategy and delivery of civil legal aid to people and communities experiencing poverty and injustice – with a commitment to identify and dismantle all barriers to justice that perpetuate poverty and racial inequities.
- King County 2-1-1 (also 206.461.3200, 1.800.621.4636 or 206.461.3610 for TTY/hearing impaired calls): Identifies and makes referrals to appropriate legal aid providers. (Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am – 6pm)
- Washington LawHelp: A self-help online resource for finding civil legal solutions, including public benefits, consumer law, elder law, housing rights, health care and more.
MEDICARE & MEDIGAP HELP
Solid Ground’s Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) can help you understand your Medicare rights and options. Our well-trained volunteers counsel people of all ages – including people under age 65 living with disabilities, people getting ready to turn 65, and those already enrolled – about their Medicare choices and options.
SHIBA volunteers assist people through in-person and virtual one-to-one counseling via video chat or phone. We answer your Medicare questions, make referrals, and help evaluate and compare health insurance policies so you can make an informed decision to find the best possible coverage that fits within your budget and meets your needs. We can also help screen to see if you qualify for low-income programs that can save you money on Medicare coverage. (In partnership with the Washington state Office of the Insurance Commissioner, Solid Ground is your local SHIBA office in King County.)
GET HELP/MORE INFO: Contact Solid Ground’s SHIBA intake line: 206.753.4806 or email@example.com to get connected with a SHIBA volunteer!
- Completely FREE and confidential: We keep your personal information safe.
- Accessible: Some of our volunteers and hotline operators speak languages other than English.
- Objective and unbiased: We don’t sell or endorse anything.
Our advisors can help with…
- Original Medicare
- Prescription drugs
- Low-income programs to help pay for Medicare
- Medigap (Medicare Supplement) plans
- Medicare Advantage plans
- Medicare fraud and abuse
- Issues with Medicare fraud
SHIBA Phone Consultation Resources
- Burien Community Center: Every 3rd Wednesdays, 12-4pm; call 206.988.3700
- Central Area Senior Center: By appointment only; call 206.726.4926
In-Person SHIBA Counseling Locations
Mini City Hall
Crossroads Shopping Center, #H9
15600 NE 8th St, Bellevue, WA 98008
Every Friday, 2-4pm
12040 NE 128th St, Kirkland, WA 98034
Every 4th Friday, 9am-12pm
Call 425.899.3200 (then press 2, then 1)
Kenmore Senior Center
6910 NE 170th St, Kenmore, WA 98028
Every 2nd Friday, 9am-12pm
Northshore Senior Center
10201 E Riverside Dr, Bothell, WA 98011
Every 4th Tuesday, 9am-12pm
Additional Sessions added for Open Enrollment Help:
November 8, 2022, 9am-12pm
November 15, 2022, 9am-12pm
November 29, 2022, 9am-12pm
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St, Seattle, WA 98103
Every 4th Thursday, 12:30-3:45pm
Auburn Senior Activity Center
808 9th St SE, Auburn, WA 98002
Every 3rd Wednesday, 9am-3pm
Des Moines Activity Center
2045 S 216th St, Des Moines, WA 98198
Every 3rd Monday, 10am-12pm
Federal Way Community Center
876 S 333rd St, Federal Way, WA 98003
Every 2nd Thursday, 9am-3pm
Kent Senior Activity Center
600 E Smith St, Kent, WA 98030
Every 2nd Monday, 12pm – 4pm
SeaTac Community Center
13735 24th Ave S SeaTac, WA 98168
Every 3rd Thursday, 12:30-3:30pm
Medicare Plan Information, Comparison Charts, and Resources
Booklets, Brochures, and Flyers:
- BROCHURE: Get help paying for Medicare – See if you qualify for a Medicare savings program and/or extra help
- BOOKLET: Paying for prescription drugs
- BOOKLET: What you need to know about Medigap (Medicare Supplement) plans
- BROCHURE: About Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA)
- CHECKLIST: Your SHIBA Medicare action plan
- FLYER: Get help paying for Medicare – Information for American Indians and Alaskan Natives
- FLYER: Medicare and COVID-19 vaccine scams
- FLYER: Stop Medicare Fraud
- FLYER: Watch out for scam calls
- Your Medicare coverage choices
- 2023 Medicare Advantage Plans (King County)
- 2023 Medicare hospital insurance covered services (Parts A & B)
- 2023 Medicare Part D stand-alone prescription drug plans
- Approved Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plans (updates quarterly)
- Comparing Medicare supplement (Medigap) and Medicare Advantage plans
- 10 Standardized Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plans
AFFORDABLE HEALTH INSURANCE
The Washington Healthplanfinder website can help you find the right health plan for you and your family.
- Free or low-cost Washington Apple Health is available year-round.
- You may qualify for a special enrollment if you are uninsured or have certain life changes.
- Browse current health plans, including Cascade Care plans.
- Navigators are located across Washington state and are available at no cost to help customers sign up for coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder. Navigators can help customers through the application and enrollment process from start to finish.