As the only national organization focused solely on protecting the rights of low-income seniors, we partner with advocates on the ground who help us monitor issues that impact poor seniors. When a group needs a champion in the courts we’re there, on our own or in partnership with other organizations, litigating precedent-setting cases that benefit hundreds of thousands of seniors. Learn about active cases below.

 Hart v Colvin

(U.S. District Court/Northern District of California)

Kevin Hart is a fifty-year old man whose right leg was shattered when he was hit by a car in 2007.  After many surgeries, he was still unable to work and was declared permanently disabled by Social Security Administration (SSA) in 2010.

After a routine disability review in 2013, he was notified by the SSA that he was no longer eligible for benefits. His disability benefits are his sole source of income. SSA based this determination on faulty medical reports submitted by the examining physician, Frank Chen.

Held v Colvin

(U.S. District Court/Central District of California)

Hugh Held has been married to his spouse Orion Masters since 2008 when same-sex marriage became legal in California. Unfortunately his legal marriage was not taken into account by Social Security when it calculated his SSI benefits. Even though he informed Social Security of his marriage three times, it took the agency over a year to realize they overpaid him.

The agency is now going after him for money he was overpaid (and has long since spent on food and other necessities) through no fault of his own.

Clark v Astrue

(United States District Court/Southern District of New York)

The late Elaine Clark was the lead plaintiff in Clark v. Astrue, brought by Justice in Aging Directing Attorney Gerald McIntyre with Proskauer, Rose LLP and the Urban Justice Center of New York City.

Elaine Clark was receiving Social Security Disability Insurance for several serious medical conditions, including end stage renal disease. In 1996 she was living in senior housing and receiving medical treatment when the Social Security Administration unlawfully stopped her benefits…

Martinez v Astrue

(U.S. District Court/Northern District of California)

Rosa Martinez, the lead plaintiff in this case, was, in 2008, a 52-year old disabled woman who received notice from SSA that she was losing her disability benefits because of a 1980 arrest warrant for a drug offense in Miami, Florida. Ms. Martinez had never been to Miami, never been arrested, never used illegal drugs, and is eight inches shorter than the person identified in the warrant. Despite an obvious case of mistaken identity, Ms. Martinez was left without her sole source of income while she cleared up the error on her own, without any help from SSA.