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Area Agencies on Aging: A Place to Get Help

Elder Law

This article provides information on Area Agencies on Aging, and how to get help.

Texas residents aged 60 and older often need help with benefits, including Medicare and Medicaid. This article gives information on the agencies in Texas that can provide that help and what kind of help you can get. Resources are included.

What is an Area Agency on Aging (AAA)?

An Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is the Texas State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) that “offers local one‑on‑one counseling and assistance to people with Medicare and their families.” SHIP is funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

There are 28 AAAs in the state of Texas, and together they provide services to residents of all 254 Texas counties.

Within the AAAs, you will find benefit counselors and ombudsman. Their goal is to help older Texans (generally 60 and older) remain independent and healthy in the community through services and assistance with Medicare. They also help advocate for residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

What kinds of services does an AAA offer?

Benefit counselors help with various services for the beneficiary and their families through education, advocacy, and assistance. Benefits counselors are there to help Texans live healthy, independent lives with dignity throughout their community. 

What does it cost to get help?

There are no charges for AAAs' services. While they may look at income and resources to help prioritize need, there are no financial criteria for eligibility for help or referrals.

How do I reach an AAA for help?

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