Issue 3 (Feb. 2013)

Dual Eligible Demonstrations: A potential sea change in service delivery for the neediest clients

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Dual Eligible Demonstrations: A potential sea change in service delivery for the neediest clients

In a few months, when the early states begin enrolling those who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, we’ll see what this means for clients and elder law practice. Until then, understanding the demonstration’s development, and potential beneficiary issues, will help us prepare to be strong client advocates.

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As we have dramatically increased life expectancy, we have the challenge of “managing our miracles” both as individuals and as a society.

The words of the Miranda warning are so enshrined in American culture that most of us could quote them in our sleep. These rights are not universal and the United Nations recently adopted a set of principles and guidelines for criminal justice systems to use in developing due process protections.

The Michigan State Long Term Care Ombudsman Program has developed a Policy Statement to clarify the broad area of the law which we term surrogate decision-making. The statement is in three parts: Advance Directives, Family Decision-Making, and Guardianship. For ease of reading, the information is presented in a question-and-answer format and could be adapted for use in other states.

For a gerontologist, the film is inspiring and lives up to its title of Amour.

The premise of this book is that the business climate has changed dramatically over the past 20 years and most associations and nonprofit organizations have not. The book was authored by experts at the ASAE—the Center for Association Leadership—on modernizing the business model for associations. The book proposes five recommendations for radical change.

Planning Ideas, Publication Alert, Theme Suggestions

This large-scale revision to the National Probate Court Standards updates the original standards which were first published in 1993.

Workshop proposals are requested at all levels of expertise. The deadline for submission is March 29, 2013.

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