Providing Legal Services to Assist Older Adults with Benefits and Health Care Access During the COVID-19 Pandemic
July 8, 2020
The global coronavirus has brought uncertainty and anxiety into people’s lives, workplaces, and neighborhoods, particularly for those who work to improve the health of our communities.
During this difficult time, many organizations across New York State are working tirelessly to keep people safe, especially the most vulnerable. In response, NYSHealth is supporting statewide and local efforts to address emerging health care and public health needs in the wake of the pandemic. In 2020, NYSHealth awarded Lenox Hill Neighborhood House a grant to provide free civil legal services to help older New Yorkers access and maintain benefits, health care and insurance, and emergency assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under this grant, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House will transition to virtual and telephone operations for continued case management, outreach, and provision of civil legal services to existing and new clients. It will help individuals and families access and enroll in critical services, including secure housing, mental health services, health and food benefits, and social supports and programs. Additionally, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House will facilitate remote preparation of medical advance directives and provide necessary in-person deliveries of meals, medications, and other supplies.