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Special to The Dallas Examiner | 9/7/2015, 9:04 a.m.
Special to The Dallas Examiner
In September, the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, a joint initiative of the Dallas Bar Association and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, will hold 12 free legal clinics for Dallas County residents who meet certain financial guidelines. The clinics offer free legal advice and consultation in civil matters for those who qualify under Legal Aid’s income eligibility guidelines. All clinics begin at 5 p.m., with the exception of the Expunction Clinic and the Veteran’s Clinic.
Schedules and locations are as follows:
• Sept. 3 and Sept. 17 – Grace United Methodist Church at 4105 Junius St.
• Sept. 8 and Sept. 22 – Martin Luther King Jr. Center at 2922 MLK Blvd.
• Sept. 10 and Sept. 24 – West Dallas Multi-Purpose Center at 2828 Fish Trap Road
• Sept. 15 – St. Phillip’s Community Center at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
• Sept. 16 – Friendship West Baptist Church at 2020 West Wheatland Road
• Sept. 17 – Salvation Army at 457 W. Avenue D in Garland
• Sept. 4 at 2 p.m. – Veteran’s Clinic (for veterans only) – VA Medical Center at 4500 S. Lancaster Road
• Sept. 15 at 4 p.m. – Expunction Clinic – West Dallas Multipurpose Center at 2828 Fish Trap Road.
Applicants are asked to bring proof of income, identification, legal papers, etc. with them to the clinic. For more information, logon to http://www.dallasvolunteerattorneyprogram.org/get-help.
Every eight seconds someone becomes eligible for Medicare. But Medicare is confusing. And less than half of those eligible understand what is covered under Parts A, B, C or D, according to a study conducted by UnitedHealthcare.
The Medicare Open Enrollment Period is Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. During that time, around 54 million citizens across the nation will have an opportunity to enroll or make adjustments in their plan. But 62 percent of eligible seniors have never compared coverage options to find one that would best meet their needs, the study indicated. That could be because as many as 7 out of 10 baby boomers have only a fair or poor understanding of Medicare.
In preparation for the enrollment period, local Walgreens pharmacist and UnitedHealthcare representatives will host informative workshops across the country as part of National Medicare Education Week.
In Dallas, the groups will host a workshop on Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. in the Community Hall of Wilshire Baptist Church, located at 4316 Abrams Road. The workshops are designed to address the questions and concerns of beneficiaries, family members and caregivers. Pharmacists and representatives will also be available to speak one-on-one. During the event, SilverSneakers will host an interactive fitness demonstration.
To RSVP, call 1-800-379-1208 or visit http://www.nmew.com.
On Aug. 19, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson was presented with the “Lifetime Infrastructure Champion Award” at the Irving Transportation and Water Summit, hosted by the city of Irving. Approximately 300 state officials, infrastructure administrators, business leaders and private citizens from throughout Texas attended the summit.
“North Texas has become a model for infrastructure and transportation in our country,” Johnson said. “I learned early in my congressional career the importance of a strong infrastructure and transportation system. I know how much, not only the people in District 30, but those throughout the state of Texas, rely on well-maintained highways and bridges. I also know how important it is for the state of Texas to meet the demands of businesses and residents, who rely on various modes of transportation. As a member of Congress, I will continue to fight for the funding required to meet the needs of the people of Texas. Good highways lead to good jobs for people, and better jobs lead to a better economy for Texas.”