GARDENA — On Sunday, Nov. 15, from 1 to 3 p.m., the Gardena Pioneer Project will sponsor a legal educational seminar on Medicare and Medi-Cal at the Ken Nakaoka Community Center, 1670 W. 162nd St., Gardena.

The program will feature two speakers: Dianne Kujubu Belli, MPH, FACHE; and Eric Carlson, Esq.

Dianne Kujubu Belli (Rafu Shimpo photo)
Dianne Kujubu Belli (Rafu Shimpo photo)

Belli will explain Medicare Part A, Part B, Part C and Part D and will discuss the options available to you. She will also provide resources for more information about Medicare to help you make the right decisions.

Belli has a master’s degree in public health from UCLA and is certified as a Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) counselor by the California Department of Aging.

Carlson, the directing attorney for Justice in Aging, a national organization working to keep older Americans out of poverty, will explain Medi-Cal and California’s new initiatives to provide Medi-Cal coverage through managed care organizations. He will also discuss the rules governing nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Carlson has been with Justice in Aging for almost 15 years. Prior to that, he provided direct legal services to low-income seniors focusing on Medi-Cal and nursing home rights.

The seminar is open to the public, refreshments will be provided, admission is free, and no reservations are required. Translation will be provided for the Japanese-speaking. Both speakers will be available for a limited time to answer some individual questions at the end of the program.

This event is co-sponsored by the Gardena Pioneer Project, the Japanese American Bar Association and the Senior Citizens’ Bureau of the City of Gardena.


For further information, contact Karen C. Uyekawa at (213) 894-3235.

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