(Note: The pdf for the issue in which this article appears is available for download: BIFOCAL Vol. 35, Issue 1.)
National Aging & Law Institute--Register now!
The Institute will provide you with the multidisciplinary skills and knowledge to ensure you can meet your clients’ and communities’ needs holistically. This year’s Institute is a unique educational event that blends advanced substantive programming for attorneys both in private practice and in non-profit public interest practice, as well as for other non-attorney advocates in the aging network. Plan to join your peers to learn, network, and engage with leading experts in the field. With more than 25 high-quality, in-depth sessions, there is something for everyone.
Learn more at: http://www.naela.org/2013nali.
Elderlaw & Ethics: A Three-Part Webinar Series
Working with older clients can be a rewarding experience; it can also present some unique ethical challenges for attorneys. Trying to determine who the client actually is, whether the client has capacity to enter into an attorney-client relationship, and how to handle family members are just a few of the questions that we, as elderlaw attorneys, are faced with on a regular basis.
The Center for Elder Rights Advocacy, a partner in the National Legal Resource Center, is hosting a three-part webinar series on Elderlaw & Ethics. Prof. Kimberly O’Leary, Director of 60+Elderlaw Clinic at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, has developed methodical approaches to identifying and handling some of the most challenging ethical issues that elderlaw attorneys face.
In each of these webinars, you’ll receive resources to analyze the issues and the presenter will examine examples by using a step-by-step process.
- Competency 11/14/2013
This webinar will present steps for attorneys to follow to determine whether a new client has sufficient competency to engage in the attorney-client relationship and how to handle a situation where a question of competency arises during representation.
- Confidentiality 12/12/2013
This webinar will present steps for attorneys to follow to ensure they are keeping client’s privacy in an elderlaw practice. It will explore the traditional “who is the client?” issue that often arises in elderlaw as well as typical ways practitioners engage the assistance of third parties to help their clients.
- Multi-representation 1/16/2014
This webinar will present steps for attorneys to follow when asked to represent more than one client in an issue. It will explore representing couples as well as members of the same family. It will NOT discuss class action representation.
To register, please visit the Center’s website at: http://www.ceraresource.org.
The Affordable Care Act: What it Means for Seniors
The Affordable Care Act brings new opportunities and challenges for seniors, including the expansion of Medicaid in many states and enrollment in health insurance plans through marketplaces or exchanges beginning on January 1, 2014. This presentation will provide a summary of these changes and their impact on seniors.
- Wednesday, November 6, 2013
- 12:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
- Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1854438864364731137
The presentation may be most relevant to people in states that are choosing to expand access to Medicaid, but all may participate.
This webinar will cover:
- What is expansion Medicaid and who is eligible
- What are the healthcare exchanges and who is eligible
- How are seniors impacted (or not impacted) by these programs, including a discussion of the transition from these programs when an individual turns 65 or obtains Medicare
- Other changes under the ACA impacting Medicare
A Medicare Pitfall: What You and Your Clients Need to Know About Observation Status
ABA Senior Lawyers Division Webinar
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
There has been a dramatic rise in the use of the observation status for Medicare clients who are in the hospital, or at least they think they are. If they are designated as on observation status rather than actually admitted to the hospital, these clients face not only higher costs while they are in the hospital but risk no Medicare coverage for post-hospital rehabilitation in skilled nursing facilities. Often the first time they find out about this is when they receive the bills, which can total thousands of dollars.
Learn more at: http://apps.americanbar.org/cle/programs/t13mos1.html.
This program will help you understand what observation status is, why it is used, and how you can help your clients who find themselves in this situation. You will also learn about the various efforts to change this situation via both proposed federal legislation as well as a pending lawsuit filed by the Center for Medicare Advocacy, and how you can be involved in these efforts.
- Hon. Louraine Arkfeld, Tempe Municipal Court
- Hon. Ruth Kleinfeld, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review
- Alice Bers, Esq., Center for Medicare Advocacy