ARLINGTON - Arlington's Martha Canfield Library will host a presentation on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. about free assistance that is available to all Vermonters when problems arise with health care insurance and access to health care services.

Staff attorney Marjorie Stinchcombe and advocate Dylan Frazer from the Vermont Health Care Ombudsman's office will present information about how Vermonters can get help from the organization's health care advocates. A question and answer session will follow.

The program, which is free and open to the public, will be offered simultaneously via videoconference to attendees at Fletcher Free Library in Burlington, Goodrich Memorial Library in Newport, Centennial Library in Morrisville, and Rutland Free Library.

The Office of Health Care Ombudsman has assisted Vermonters with health care issues since it was created by the Vermont legislature in 1998. The organization also serves as a voice for consumers in health care matters before the legislature and the Green Mountain Care Board, in addition to advocating on behalf of Vermonters regarding state agency decisions and rules. The Office of Health Care Ombudsman is not a state agency; it is a special project of Vermont Legal Aid. Unlike most Legal Aid projects, the Health Care Ombudsman project serves all insured and uninsured Vermonters regardless of income and resources. Because of a new law that was passed earlier this year, the name of the Office of Heath Care Ombudsman will change to the Office of Health Care Advocate on January 1, 2014.

Visit for more health care information or call 1-800-917-7787 for assistance with a health care issue.