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June 10, 2004

Albany- Families that have loved ones effected by recent Medicare cuts.

A meeting being held at the 3 p.m. Friday at Pelham Senior Center may help. The center is located at 308 West Railroad Street.

State advocacy lawyers will be at the meeting to explain to families their options. The meeting is open to anyone in South Georgia's 14-county area. Families will begin receiving discharge notices from nursing homes on July 1.

Elderly advocates are saying that is not enough time for families to figure out what to do. But the attorneys at the meeting will be able to answer questions.

"And help them to understand that they need to file their appeal. They need to file the appeals before July 1," said Elaine Wilson with the Ombudsman Program. "Time is our enemy. Time is critical. Time has run out."

The lawyers at Friday's meeting will be explaining a trust that could help in paying nursing homes.

posted at 9:30 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com