Community Resources

The following information may answer some specific questions. As always, our care managers and care navigation team are available to identify resources and information. Email info@epilepsycolorado.org or call 303-377-9774. 

Consult with your local state agency regarding specific employment rights within your state of residence or workplace:

 

Medicare Resources in Colorado

Colorado residents have access to a variety of agencies and programs to help you understand how to use your benefits, recognize and report Medicare scams or abuse, and appeal denied claims or canceled policies.

Colorado Division of Insurance

The Colorado Division of Insurance regulates insurance policies enforces laws that protect consumers. The State Health Insurance Assistance Program provides you with free, unbiased counseling regarding post-retirement health insurance options. SHIP counselors are volunteers trained to answer questions about Medicare benefits, Medigap and Medicare Advantage Plans, and long-term care insurance. They can also help clarify medical bills and dispute billing errors.

Contact Information: Website | (888) 696-7213

State Unit on Aging

Colorado’s State Unit on Aging oversees programs funded through the Older Americans Act. Through your local unit, you can get in touch with a SHIP counselor to help you sign up for Medicare or go over your benefits and cost-sharing obligations. The unit also provides civil legal services and operates Aging and Disability Resource Centers throughout the state.

Contact Information: Website | (303) 866-5700

Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) & Medicare Fraud

The statewide SMP program assists you in recognizing, preventing, and reporting Medicare fraud, billing mistakes, and abuse. Through this program, counselors provide free, confidential advice regarding issues such as getting billed for services you didn’t receive, getting charged too much for services your doctor ordered or getting calls from someone trying to sell you a Medicare plan.

Contact Information: Website | (800) 503-5190

Colorado Legal Services

Colorado Legal Services provides free civil legal aid for older adults. Through this agency, you can get help applying for Medicare or addressing billing errors or canceled policies. The agency can also help you identify other public benefits you qualify for, including Social Security and Medicaid.

Contact Information: Website | (303) 837-1313

If you have lost a loved one to SUDEP or another epilepsy-related cause, we offer you our deepest condolences. We are here for you during this confusing and tragic time, and can help identify resources and support so that you do not have to face this alone.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado & Wyoming can support you and your family with:

  • Accurate information regarding SUDEP and other causes of epilepsy-related death.
  • Individual or family support from a bereavement support facilitator familiar with SUDEP.
  • Online Bereavement Support Group designed to help families connect with others who have lost a loved one to epilepsy in a safe and confidential environment.
  • A Remembrance Wall at our Walk to END EPILEPSY.
  • Advocacy as needed, including coordination and assistance with the death investigation process.
  • Access to and assistance in participating in SUDEP-related research opportunities.

The Epilepsy Foundation of America’s SUDEP Institute leads education and awareness efforts targeted to people living with epilepsy and their caregivers as well as medical professionals, including members of the death investigation team. Call 800-332-1000 and press 1 or email sudep@efa.org to learn more about our services. Learn more about these programs and how you can become involved. 

While most people who develop COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) will have only mild to moderate symptoms, some people may need to see a health care provider or be hospitalized. 

Download a fact sheet with answers to questions you may have about COVID-19 and epilepsy.