The Benefits Specialist provides information, assistance and administrative representation to area residents aged 55+. Additionally, this paraprofessional performs a variety of duties relating to public benefits for elders and coordinates with other county, community, tribal and governmental agencies under the direction of the Regional Legal Assistance office.
Provides assistance with forms: Medical Assistance, Energy Assistance, Community Support/Catastrophic paperwork and gather documentation for application processing. Provide referrals for estate planning such as Last Will and Testament, Living Will, Durable Power of attorney for Health Care, and Durable Power of Attorney for Finances. Assists elders with setting up of Burial Account-information.
Works daily with Social Security issues; regarding payments, appeals and applications. Assists with Medicare, Supplemental Insurances, and Oneida Contract Health questions and issues.
Advocacy: This individual assists elders in expressing their views and concerns to elected and governing officials. The Advocate identifies and inform elders of the services, benefits, entitlements and legal rights.