Free Medicare Help for Los Angeles County Residents

Los Angeles County residents have a place to turn for help when making their Medicare choices during Medicare Open Enrollment, which runs Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, 2023.  Center for Health Care Rights is the official provider of free Medicare health insurance education, counseling, informal advocacy, and legal services for Los Angeles County residents. 

A Bill of Rights for Long-Term Care Residents

Amid acute staffing shortages made worse by Covid advocates for older adults say more needs to be done to protect the rights of residents in California’s long-term care facilities. Do residents of long-term care facilities have rights? The question gained new urgency for elder care advocates in the wake of the Covid pandemic, which led to prolonged quarantines and isolation for residents amidst soaring infection and fatality rates. Today, advocates worry residents’ basic rights — from proper health care to voting and even when and what to eat — are not being met amid acute staffing shortages. “Every individual has

Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas Announces Legislation to Enable Emergency Declaration for State’s Homelessness Crisis

Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas introduced legislation that would expand the current definition of a “state of emergency” to now include homelessness. With the expanded definition, the proposed bill, AB 220, would allow the state to provide more resources toward fighting homelessness. “The rapid growth of individuals living without housing has accelerated dramatically and is threatening California’s economic stability,” said Ridley-Thomas. “Communities statewide have erroneously been forced to deal with the burden of a homeless crisis on their own, which endangers the health and safety of tens of thousands of residents, including men, women, youth, and seniors. It’s time for the State

Carson Residents Rally Behind New Stadium

Stepping up their campaign to bring NFL football to Carson, city officials and other supporters rallied last week in front of the proposed site of a stadium that could house the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders, saying there’s regional support for the effort. Officials also unveiled a large banner reading “Future Home of Professional Football” and renamed a street “Stadium Way” at the location near the San Diego (405) Freeway and Del Amo Boulevard. “As people drive down the freeway or drive down the roads, they no longer have to wonder where football is going to be played,” Carson