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File #: 11-243    Version: 1 Name: Authorization to increase Benefit Specialist/Legal Services contract
Type: Action Report Status: Signed
File created: 5/4/2011 In control: Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors
On agenda: Final action: 6/9/2011
Title: From the Director, Department on Aging, requesting authorization to increase by $42,879, from $406,209 to $449,088, the 2011 Contract with Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc., to provide Benefit Specialist/Legal Services.
Attachments: 1. RESOLUTION, 2. FISCAL NOTE, 3. CB Resolution 11-34(a)(c), 4. Audio HHN 05/18/11
Related files: 12-208, 11-317, 11-126
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From the Director, Department on Aging, requesting authorization to increase by $42,879, from $406,209 to $449,088, the 2011 Contract with Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc., to provide Benefit Specialist/Legal Services.

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DATE: May 4, 2011

TO: Sup. Lee Holloway, Chairman, Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors
Sup. Peggy West, Chairperson, Committee on Health and Human Needs

FROM: Stephanie Sue Stein, Director, Department on Aging

RE: Request for authorization to increase by $42,879, from $406,209 to $449,088, the 2011 contract with Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc., to provide Benefit Specialist/Legal Services authorized under File No. 11-34 (a)(a)


I respectfully request that the attached resolution be scheduled for consideration by the Committee on Health and Human Needs at its meeting on May 18, 2011

The resolution authorizes the Director, Department on Aging, to increase by $42,879, from $406,209 to $449,088, the 2011 contract with Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc., to provide Benefit Specialist/Legal Services authorized under File No. 11-34 (a)(a).

The Benefit Specialist/Legal Services program assists about 1,000 Milwaukee County seniors annually to work through the complex maze of state and federal benefit programs and how they compare to private benefit plans. The program provides seniors, their family, and caregivers with health benefit information, counseling services, and assistance in understanding their public and private health insurance options. The program helps seniors to determine which health insurance plan, prescription drug program, or other benefit plans would service them best and how to apply for such benefits.

The 2011 contract award to Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc., provides for both benefit specialist services and legal services to seniors age 60 or older. Offering such services is a priority of the Older Americans Act and is part of the Milwaukee County Area Plan for Older People. In addition to Older Americans Act ...

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