Monday, 4:30 to 6 p.m. | Mill Race Center, Multi-Purpose Room 2 Presenter: Leslie Fried
Leslie Fried is the senior director of the Center for Benefits Access at the National Council on Aging (NCOA), where she advocates for improved access to Medicare, Medicaid, SNAP and other public benefits for seniors and adults with disabilities of limited means. Prior to joining the NCOA, Ms. Fried was a senior attorney with the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging. She joined the ABA in September 1998, as the Medicare Advocacy Project attorney, a collaborative project with the Alzheimer’s Association. She is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, a nonpartisan organization made up of the nation’s leading experts on social insurance. Before joining the ABA staff, Ms. Fried was a staff attorney, and then managing attorney, of Legal Services for Senior Citizens of Montgomery County, Maryland. Ms. Fried received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from the University of Maryland.
Millions of older adults are missing out on benefits that make healthcare, prescriptions, and food more affordable. We will provide an overview of benefit programs that can save individuals thousands of dollars and improve their economic security. Benefits will include Medicare Savings Programs, Extra Help, SNAP (food stamps), energy assistance and more. We will describe barriers to enrollment for older adults and how to overcome some of them.