LGBT community: Medicare, Social Security, and you

Are you leaving your financial and health care benefits on the table? You may be entitled to benefits you never knew about. Eligibility rules have changed.

Since the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), individuals may be eligible for Social Security or Medicare benefits based on a spouse's work history. Definitions may vary from state to state. Do you know how the new rules affect you?

Medicare can be confusing. An upcoming event hosted by Multnomah County Aging, Disability, and Veterans Services can make it clearer, and tell you about resources for free, unbiased help. Medicare has added many benefits (such as preventive screenings, vaccines, wellness visits). People whose identity may not match their biology are entitled to receive the benefits they need to stay healthy.

Did you know it's unwise to carry your Medicare card with you all the time? This class will also give you tools to prevent identity theft and Medicare fraud.

On Saturday, May 9, 10am-1pm, come by Friendly House (1737 NW 26th Ave., Portland, OR 97210) for a morning of FREE workshops and fun in an event sponsored by Multnomah County Aging, Disability and Veterans' Services, Senior Medicare Patrol, and the Friendly House Senior Program. All community members, allies, and allied professionals are welcome.

Speakers include Attorneys Cynthia L. Barrett and Tabitha Lundberg Koh, Friendly House Community Services Director Mya Chamberlin, and Medicare Outreach Coordinator Janet Bowman.

To register and learn more call Friendly House at (503) 224-2640 or search for “LGBT Community” at

Posted on April 30, 2015 and filed under health care.