Senior Law Project
South Coastal Counties Legal Services Senior and Elder Law Projects provide legal assistance to individuals age 60 and older who are economically or socially disadvantaged. Priority is given to legal matters identified in the Older Americans Act. Most older residents who seek legal help from SCCLS need assistance with housing, unemployment, public benefits, consumer debt or health care issues. Over the years, SCCLS has formed close working relationships with local Councils on Aging who also serve older residents of our region.
An Elder’s Story
SCCLS’ advocacy resulted in overturning a denial by MassHealth of in-home services for a 100-year-old woman with many health issues. MassHealth had denied her request for long-term care services at home, finding her assets exceeded the limit. Without services, the client faced moving to a nursing home.
SCCLS investigated and determined the asset rule had been misapplied, resulting in the wrongful denial. Our attorneys advocated for our client and persuaded MassHealth to overturn the decision. Our client now has services in place and she is able to remain in her home of many years.