Protecting the Rights of Low-Income Older Adults

The National Senior Citizens law Center is the only national non-profit whose principal mission is to protect the rights of low-income older adults.

Through advocacy, litigation, and the education and counseling of local advocates, we make the law work to ensure their health, economic security, and access to the courts.


Recently 700 advocates learned how health reform impacts low-income older adults such as those who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.

Read Written materials l Download PowerPoint

Economic Security 

Some 200,000 people will get as much as $700 million thanks to NSCLC’s work on Martinez vs Astrue.

For people affected by the settlement: Find Handouts and information.

For advocates: Visit Martinez Settlement Website.

Access to the Courts 

The Federal Rights Project focuses on keeping courts open for justice not just for older adults, but for all.

We led an effort to voice concern about the Virginia attorney general’s challenge to the health reform law.

Read the media statement and amicus brief.



Fall begins the most hectic time of the year for counselors with Contra Costa County Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP). With the Nov. 15 start of the Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Period when beneficiaries can join and change drug and health plans, counselors are deluged with questions. “NSCLC has been especially helpful in helping us identify and solve systemic problems –those that affect many individuals,” says HICAP’s Diane Whaley. “And when we get a case that is particularly complex or unusual, NSCLC attorneys are always there with great, practical advice.” HICAP’s trained volunteers are registered with the California Department of Aging which administers the program. HICAP is part of the nationwide network of State Health Insurance and Assistance Programs (SHIP) providing individual counseling on Medicare issues.

Spotlight on Seniors: 

A word from the Executive Director

As we celebrate Social Security’s 75th birthday, it’s important to remember the real-life impact America’s most successful benefits program has on millions of older adults relying on the program for nearly all of their income every month.

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