Medicare:  Federal health insurance for people 65 years of age or older, and certain disabled people.

For general information, contact WCAAA (203) 757-5449. See also Center for Medicare Advocacy (860) 456-7790.

  • Center for Medicare Advocacy

    (860) 456-7790

    A national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that provides education, advocacy and legal assistance to help older people and people with disabilities obtain fair access to Medicare and necessary health care.

    They represent thousands of individuals in appeals of Medicare denials, pursue Medicare coverage for individuals and for dually eligible beneficiaries (individuals who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid), and provide legal training and support for Connecticut’s state health insurance and assistance program (SHIP program), known in Connecticut as CHOICES.

  • Social Security Office in Torrington

    (877) 405-0486

  • Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging (WCAAA)     Waterbury: (203) 757-5449 or (800) 994-9422

    Fax: (203) 757-4081

    The Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging, Inc. (WCAAA) is a private, non-profit organization which manages and provides comprehensive services through person-centered planning for older adults (age 60 years and older), caregivers, and individuals with disabilities, in order to maintain their independence and quality of life.  Through Federal, State and grant funding partnerships, the agency serves 41 towns in Western and Northwestern CT.  The agency services include:  home-based client assessments to determine need for long-term care supports; chore and transportation services; emergency fuel programs; adult day care; congregate and home delivered meals (Meals on Wheels), support to family members and friends caring for loved ones with a diagnosis of dementia/Alzheimer’s and related disorders, and provides free, unbiased and commission-free, one-to-one counseling on Medicare, Medicaid and related benefits.  WCAAA empowers Medicare beneficiaries, caregivers and family members on detecting, and reporting errors, fraud and abuse in Medicare and provides referrals for behavioral health counseling. The agency also funds some senior center programs and free, evidence-based health self-management workshops for those with chronic pain, diabetes, or other chronic conditions.