Public Benefits

Our Services

The Public Benefits Team provides free expert legal advice and representation for low-income and elderly central Ohio residents. For example, in 2020, we helped over 1051 people who were experiencing difficulties in one or more of the following areas:

  • Food Stamps
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Nursing Home Law
  • Hospital Care Assurance Program (HCAP)
  • Medicare Savings Programs
  • Medical Debt Lawsuits
  • Ohio Works First (OWF)
  • Social Security Benefits (SSI and SSDI)
  • Title XX Child Care
  • Unemployment Compensation
  • Veterans Benefits
  • Prevention, Retention and Contingency (PRC)
Public Benefits

You may wish to contact the Legal Aid Society of Columbus if you have questions regarding a public benefits program or have experienced any of the following problems during your benefits process:

  • Your benefits have been stopped and you do not think they should have been
  • Your benefits have been denied or reduced and you think this decision is wrong
  • Your benefits have been sanctioned
  • There have been delays in the processing of your application
  • You won your administrative hearing but have not yet received benefits

If you are applying for or currently receiving benefits make sure that you:

  • Pay close attention to any letters you receive from your benefits office
  • Respond to any deadlines on time
  • Keep careful records of all your phone calls, emails or meetings with your benefits office, including the time, date, and nature of any phone calls or visits to the office of your caseworker or other public benefits officials
  • Get a receipt for any papers  that you drop off at your benefits office

Self Help

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The information on this page is NOT legal advice. If you are seeking representation or Legal advice, please contact the LASC Intake Department at 614-241-2001 or complete an online application. An attorney client relationship does not exist between you and the Legal Aid Society of Columbus.

Food Stamps

Ohio Works First



Medical Debt

SSI (Supplemental Security Income)

SSDI (Social Security Disability Income)

Unemployment Compensation



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