Help for Seniors | Congressman Ami Bera

Congressman Ami Bera

Representing the 7th District of California
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Help for Seniors


Shelly from Elk Grove needed assistance getting her mom the Social Security benefits she was owed.  Play the video to see how my office was able to help.

As a doctor who has cared for seniors, I know firsthand how much our parents and grandparents rely on Medicare and Social Security. We must honor the promises we’ve made to our seniors so they can get the health care they need, and have a secure and dignified retirement.

That’s why I’ve directed my staff to help local seniors who need help with Medicare, Social Security, and other federal government issues. We’re here to help in any way we can. In fact, since 2013 my office has helped local residents recover more than $1.1 million in owed Social Security and Medicare benefits.

Here you can learn more about how my office can help local seniors, as well as other helpful resources for seniors in our area. If you need to get help right away or would like to ask a question, please call us at (916) 635 0505 or visit How I Can Help to get started. 

 

How I Can Help Seniors

Making government work for you is core to my job. I know many Sacramento County seniors rely on the promise of Social Security and Medicare during their golden years, as well as other federal benefits and services that they’ve earned.

That’s why my local office does everything it can to help seniors cut through government red tape and fix problems they may be having with Social Security, Medicare, and other federal government problems.

For example, if you’re a senior who isn’t getting your Social Security benefits, or if you’re having trouble with your Medicare coverage and you’re not sure where to go for help, my staff will do all that it can to make sure you get a response to your concerns. And if you have a problem with something my office can’t help with directly, we will do our best to be a resource and direct you to the right place for assistance.

I am proud to report that because of these efforts, my office has helped Sacramento County residents recover more than $1.1 million in Social Security and Medicare benefits.

  • If you need to get help right away or would like to ask a question, please call us at (916) 635 0505 or visit How I Can Help to get started. 

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Office Hours for Seniors

Through my regular office hours program, my staff is frequently available at local libraries throughout Sacramento County so we can be in more convenient locations to serve you in your own neighborhood.

My staff frequently assists seniors through our office hours program, helping people with their Medicare, Social Security, and other federal government issues. We’d be honored to help you, too.

You can click here to see the full schedule of Library Office Hours to see where you can get help.

  • If you need to get help right away or would like to ask a question, please call us at (916) 635 0505 or visit How I Can Help to get started. 

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Additional Resources for Seniors

My office is a community resource, and we are here to do all that we can to help, including connecting Sacramento County residents with resources that may be able to assist them.

  • Web resources 

Medicare eligibility tool

You can use the Medicare eligibility tool to determine your eligibility or even calculate your premium.

Medicare claims and appeals information

You can use this web page if you have a concern about the quality of care you’ve received from a Medicare health provider, to check the status of a claim, or to help understand your rights under Medicare.

Find the nearest Social Security Administration office in your area.

There are several local Social Security offices are located throughout our area. These offices may also be able to serve you if you need help in-person instead of over the phone.

Medi-Cal (or Medicaid)

Many seniors are eligible for Medi-cal health coverage, which is California’s version of the federal Medicaid program. You can visit this website to learn more about it.

  • Local resources

Prescription Drug Drop Off Locations: If you can find old or expired drugs in your medicine cabinet, chances are a child, friend, or family member can stumble onto them just as easily. You could help save a life by safely disposing of these drugs. Please click here to find local places where you can properly drop off your unused or expired prescription drugs.

211 Sacramento

Seniors looking for more information about a County or other local services may call 211. A service funded in part by Sacramento County, 211 Sacramento's trained receptionists can help connect you to what you're looking for, including more than 2,400 nonprofit and agency programs. Please note, however, that because 211 is a new dialing code it may not work with all phone systems, so you can also try dialing (916) 498 1000 or (800) 500-4931 if you have any trouble.

 

Transportation resources

Seniors who may have limited transportation options may find the following resources helpful.

Sacramento Regional Transit

Seniors and individuals with disabilities can ride buses and light rail trains at reduced rates.  Lift equipped buses can also assist riders who use wheelchairs, and priority seating is available for riders who have a difficult time standing. Some seniors may be eligible for door-to-door Paratransit services if they can't reach regular bus or light-rail lines because of a physical disability or other impairment.

Citrus Heights City Ride Service

For within the city limits of Citrus Heights, the City Ride service might be a convenient door-to-door alternative. Available to the general public, a basic single fare starts at $2.50, with discounts available for seniors. You must call to reserve a seat at least one business day in advance, and reservations are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. City ride can accommodate wheel chairs.

  • If you need to get help right away or would like to ask a question, please call us at (916) 635 0505 or visit How I Can Help to get started. 

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Honoring Promises to Seniors in Congress

We must honor the promises we have made to our seniors so they can get the support and health care they need, and have a secure and dignified retirement.

Around Sacramento County, I’ve met with many seniors who are trying to make ends meet on fixed incomes - struggling to pay for their groceries while affording lifesaving prescription drugs. But even while facing challenges in retirement, many continue to make terrific contributions to our region through community service or by helping to raise their grandkids. Our seniors are continuing to do their part after a lifetime of hard work and sacrifice. We have an obligation to be there for them, too.

Please click here to learn more about how I'm working to Honor Our Promises to Seniors in Congress.

  • If you need to get help right away or would like to ask a question, please call us at (916) 635 0505 or visit How I Can Help to get started. 

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