Portrait of Kelly Sarama

Why Give?

As this holiday season approaches, I wanted to take some time to share some things I am thankful for. In addition to my husband, pup, friends, and family, I am thankful for my job.
I knew I wanted to be a lawyer from an unreasonably young age, and I really never wavered. I also knew by the time I got to law school that I wanted to do something in the public interest. When I was job searching, I happened to be in the right place at the right time, and ended up at Center for Elder Law & Justice.
I have been a health care attorney for 4+ years now, and what I have learned is that the health care system sets people up for failure by design. It is difficult to navigate for anyone, let alone a population of people who may be vulnerable due to age, disability, decline in health, and many other factors.
When you have a parent in the hospital for a fall, or for a stroke, or for any emergency, and that parent suddenly has unexpected high health needs, where do you turn? What happens when that parent needs rehab in a skilled nursing facility, and they are there longer than expected? How do you pay your bills? How do you pay for the care? What do you do?
What happens when you take an ambulance in an emergency, and 6 months later you get a bill in the mail for nearly $1,000 – why is your insurance not paying?
What happens if you have a serious, rare condition for which you want to see an expert, but that expert is out of your insurance network – are you supposed to settle for potentially sub-par care?
Many people do not recognize these problems as legal issues, but they are, and there are people who can help! These are the types of calls I get weekly. Fortunately, the health team at CELJ is experienced in providing compassionate advice and counsel in such cases, and many more areas of law. If you or someone you know is aged 60+, or younger with a certified disability, you may be able to get free legal assistance through our office.
So, I am asking that you share our information with anyone you know who could benefit, now or in the future. And, since the season of giving is upon us, I am asking you to consider donating to the Center for Elder Law & Justice – your generous gift will be used to further our mission of helping to improve the quality of life for elderly, disabled and low-income persons in Western New York. You can donate through the link below.
Kelly Barrett Sarama, Esq.


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