Elder Law Task Force

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Elder Law Task Force meeting

Date: 
Wed, 02/13/2013 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

If you are a member of the Task Force, find the GoToMeeting information at:

http://www.mdjustice.org/ElderTaskForceGoToMeeting

Be sure to sign in to see the page.

The meeting locations for 2013 are:

Feb. 13 - Metro
April 10 - Baltimore
June 12 - Metro
Sept. 11 - Baltimore
Dec. 11 - Baltimore

for addresses of the above offices, go to: http://www.mdlab.org/About%20Us

Location
Location Name: 
Maryland Legal Aid
City: 
Riverdale or Baltimore
Contact
Name: 
Anne Hurley or Heather Cherry
Phone: 
Hurley: (443) 451-2809, Cherry: (301) 560-2153
Sponsor: 
Maryland Legal Aid

Save the dates! 2013 PBTF Meetings

PUBLIC BENEFITS TASK FORCE

Meeting Dates for 2013

First Thursday of alternate months

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

2nd Floor conference room in Baltimore City office and GoToMeeting

Tuesday, January 8

March 7

May 2

Tuesday, July 9

September 5

November 7

Free Webinar For Legal Professionals: Elder abuse, neglect and exploitation and clients with dementia

Date: 
Thu, 01/24/2013 - 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Free Webinar For Legal Professionals: Elder abuse, neglect and exploitation and clients with dementia

Thursday, January 24, 2013

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM EST

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/954571312

 

The webinar series covers legal issues of people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and their caregivers. Persons with AD are particularly vulnerable to financial exploitation, physical or emotional abuse, and neglect both at home and in care facilities. These webinars, as outlined in the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease, will help ensure that people with AD have their dignity, safety, and rights maintained.

Join the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Law and Aging as part of our work in the National Legal Resource Center and the Administration on Aging to talk through what is important for your clients with Alzheimer’s and related dementias.  

The January 24 webinar is for legal professionals on elder abuse, neglect and exploitation vis a vis clients with dementia.  

Presenters:
Lori Stiegel, Senior Attorney, ABA Commission on Law and Aging

Additional sponsorship for this Webinar is provided by a grant from the Administration on Aging.  This webinar is part of a series of National Elder Rights Training Project webinars for the National Legal Resource Center.

There is no charge for this webinar.
All time listings are in Eastern Standard Time.

If you have any questions email trainings@nclc.org
No CLE or CEU credits are provided as part of this free webinar series.

Public Poll: “Silver and Blue – The Unfinished Business of Mental Health Care for Older Adults”

From the John A. Hartford Foundation:

http://www.jhartfound.org/learning-center/john-a-hartford-foundation-national-public-poll-silver-and-blue-the-unfinished-business-of-mental-health-care-for-older-adults/

“It was as if I were falling into a deep dark well and I could not climb out of it.” - Poll Respondent

Large majorities of older Americans with depression, anxiety, or other mental health disorders are receiving treatment that does not meet evidence-based standards, and many do not know that depression can put their health at increased risk, according to a national survey, “Silver and Blue: The Unfinished Business of Mental Health Care for Older Adults,” released on December 13, 2012 by the John A. Hartford Foundation.

The survey focused on 1,318 Americans age 65 and older. Key findings include: 

  • 46% of people currently receiving treatment say their provider did not follow up with them within a few weeks of starting treatment to see how they were doing – a critical component of effective care.

 

  • Among all respondents, very few understood the health risks of depression: only one out of five (21%) had heard that depression is believed to double an individual’s risk of developing dementia and only one in three (34%) knew it can double the risk of heart disease.

 

The poll revealed serious shortfalls in the quality of mental health care related to patient engagement and treatment follow-up and modification.  Older adults also reported that team-based depression care, known to increase effectiveness, is appealing.  In their own words, respondents shared what it feels like to live with depression or other mental illness.

Depression is a common and serious medical condition second only to heart disease in causing disability as well as harm to people’s health and quality of life. Mental health problems affect nearly one in five older adults, according to the Institute of Medicine. Depression is not a natural part of the aging process, but almost one in three people surveyed (27%) believed it was.

“It is a needless tragedy that so many older people are still receiving mental health care that does not measure up,” said Christopher Langston, PhD, program director for the John A. Hartford Foundation, which funded and directed the survey.

For more details on the poll findings, the below supporting materials are available for download and key findings are also listed at the bottom of this page.

 

For assistance and resources in communicating these findings to a variety of audiences, please contact Elliott Walker at Strategic Communications & Planning (ewalker@aboutscp.com; 610-687-5495) or Marcus Escobedo at the John A. Hartford Foundation (marcus.escobedo@jhartfound.org; 212-832-7788).

Mental Health and the Older AdultFor more information about this topic, see the John A. Hartford Foundation 2011 Annual Report, “Mental Health and the Older Adult,”  the Health AGEnda mental health blog series featuring videos of older adults and caregivers, and learn about the highly effective, evidence-based IMPACT depression care model being spread in the rural northwest through the Foundation’s Social Innovation Fund project.

Briefs Examine CMS Rules Governing Changes to Medicaid Eligibility And Enrollment Under the Affordable Care Act

From the Kaiser Family Foundation:

Two new briefs from the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured examine changes to Medicaid eligibility and enrollment rules under the Affordable Care Act, and how such changes are expected to affect those covered by the program, including people with disabilities.

One brief provides a summary of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) March 23, 2012 final rule to implement the ACA provisions relating to Medicaid eligibility, enrollment simplification and coordination. The rule, which is effective Jan. 1, 2014, lays out procedures for states to implement the Medicaid expansion and the streamlined and integrated eligibility and enrollment system created under the ACA. Achieving this goal will require substantial process and system changes among state Medicaid agencies and close coordination between Medicaid, the new health insurance Exchanges and other insurance affordability programs.

A companion brief provides a short summary of Medicaid eligibility and benefits for people with disabilities today and explains how they will be affected by the ACA in light of CMS’s new regulations. Provisions of the new Exchange regulations are discussed briefly to the extent that they related to Medicaid eligibility determinations for people with disabilities.

Final MOLST Regulations and Form

From OHCQ and the Ombudsman:

The final Maryland MOLST regulations and form will be printed in the Maryland Register on December 14, 2012, with an effective date of January 1, 2013. Beginning July 1, 2013, certain facilities will be mandated to complete the form for certain patients, including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, home health agencies, hospices, dialysis centers, and hospitals. The current version of the MOLST form will never expire and will continue to be honored. The new version of the MOLST form will be posted on the website on January 1, 2013. For further information, contact Maryland.molst@maryland.gov

 

Join the Maryland MOLST group on LinkedIn for announcements, updates, and discussions.

 

 

 

Elder Law Task Force Meeting 12/12/12 @ 10AM

The next ELTF meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 12, 2012 from 10am - 1pm. The meeting will be held in the Baltimore Office in the 2nd Floor conference room. If there are any items that you would like added to the agenda, please email me by Friday, December 7, 2012. Thank you.

GoTo Meeting info:

 

 URL: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/join/606689542

1. Join the meeting by clicking on the URL link above.

2. Call the conference line at:

 

Dial +1 (626) 521-0011
Access Code: 606-689-542

 

If anyone has any trouble connecting to the meeting, please call Katherine Jones at 443-604-4729 - that's my cell phone, and I don't use it to connect to the meeting conference line, so you can reach me there if there are problems.

Critical Legal Issues in Alzheimer’s

Date: 
Wed, 12/12/2012 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Critical Legal Issues in Alzheimer’s Webinar

Wed. Dec. 12 - 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Registration Required at:

https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/511689240

Participants will learn about:
• Legal issue spotting
• When to seek legal assistance
• Legal issue resources
• Finding dementia capable legal assistance

Presenters:
David Godfrey, Esq., Senior Attorney, ABA Commission on Law and Aging
Troy Johnson, MSW, Director of Programs and Services, Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency of the Bluegrass
Jane Tilly, DrPH, Office of Supportive and Caregiver Services, Administration on Aging/Administration for Community Living

The End of Social Security Checks: The 2013 Transition to Electronic Payments

Date: 
Wed, 12/05/2012 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Title:

The End of Social Security Checks: The 2013 Transition to Electronic Payments

Date:

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Time:

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/447464544

 

In March 2013, most individuals who are currently receiving Social Security, veterans' benefits, and other federal payments by paper check will be required to change to electronic payment. This webinar will address what will happen next year, what options seniors have, and how you can help them make the transition.  We will also discuss new protections for bank accounts, the Direct Express prepaid card, and privately purchased prepaid cards.

Speakers:

Walt Henderson, Director, EFT Strategy Division, U.S. Department of the Treasury
Margot Saunders, Of Counsel, National Consumer Law Center
Lauren Saunders, Managing Attorney, National Consumer Law Center

Additional sponsorship for this Webinar is provided by a grant from the Administration on Aging.  This webinar is part of a series of National Elder Rights Training Project webinars for the National Legal Resource Center.

There is no charge for this webinar.
All time listings are in Eastern Standard Time.

If you have any questions email trainings@nclc.org

Sponsor: 
National Consumer Law Center

New Self Help forms for Identity Theft

The Maryland Crime Victim's Resource Center (MCVRC) has developed some new tools for people faced with identity theft.  You can find some good material about identity theft on the People's Law Library, written by MCVRC staff, at http://www.peoples-law.org/node/3338.

In addition, MCVRC has created an online interactive interview for clients to help them prepare the documents needed to try to correct problems arising from identity theft, as described in the article on the People's Law Library above.

The directions from the article above specifically for using the interviews:

To use the interactive interview for responding to someone collecting a bill that is in your name, but a bill you did not authorize, you will need a copy of the bill in hand when you start the interview. 

You will also need to provide a copy of your proof of your identity. 

Click below to use the interactive interview for a Letter to a Creditor, directly collecting their own bill.  This might be a credit card statement you received that contains charges you didn’t make or authorize.  It can be any situation where your credit or identity was used without your permission.

Letter to Creditor

To use the interactive interview for responding to a company or law firm that is a Debt Collector, or collecting a bill that is in your name but you did not authorize, you will need a copy of their letter in hand when you start the interview. 

You will also need to provide a copy of your police report and proof of your identity, by copying these and putting them in the letter.  Click below to use the interactive interview for a Letter to Debt Collector.

Letter to Debt Collector


To use the interactive interview to create a letter to a Credit Bureau, seeking investigation and removal from your credit report of items that are the result of identity theft, you will need a copy of your credit report in hand when you start the interview. 

You can obtain a free copy of your credit report from each credit bureau here. You do not have to pay for a copy of your credit report.  One credit report from each company is available to you free each year.  You can get a copy of your credit report from Annual Credit Report.

You will mail the letter and attachment, a copy of your credit report with the incorrect items circled, a copy of the police report you made of the identity theft and proof of your identity with the letter. 

Click below to use the interactive interview for a Letter to a Credit Bureau.

Letter to Credit Bureau

Free Webinar For Legal Professionals: Advance Care Planning with People with Dementia

Date: 
Tue, 12/04/2012 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Title:

Free Webinar For Legal Professionals: Advance Care Planning with People with Dementia

Date:

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Time:

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/643530305

Join the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging and the Administration on Aging to talk through what is important for your clients with Alzheimer’s and related dementias.  

The December 4 webinar aims to provide continuing education to develop dementia capable legal professionals. It is open to any law or aging professional.  

Participants will learn about:
• Characteristics and types of dementia
• Essentials of advance planning for health care and financial needs
• Counseling clients with dementia
• Drafting accountability into planning documents
• Risks of abuse, neglect and exploitation in drafting and reviewing documents for persons with dementia
• Best practices for attorneys

Presenters:
Charlie Sabatino, Esq., Director, ABA Commission on Law and Aging
David Godfrey, Esq., Senior Attorney, ABA Commission on Law and Aging
Jane Tilly, DrPH, Office of Supportive and Caregiver Services, Administration on Aging/Administration for Community Living

There is no charge for this webinar.
All time listings are in Eastern Standard Time.
If you have any questions email trainings@nclc.org

This webinar is part two of the AoA/ABA Legal Resources and Alzheimer’s Webinar Series, covering legal issues of people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and their caregivers. Persons with AD are vulnerable to financial exploitation, physical or emotional abuse, and. As outlined in the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease, the webinars will help ensure that people with AD have their dignity, safety, and rights maintained.

Future webinars include:

• December 12, 2012: Open to Aging Network staff: Legal issue spotting and finding dementia capable legal assistance and resources

• January 24, 2013: Open to law or aging professionals: Elder abuse, neglect and exploitation and dementia

Additional sponsorship for this Webinar is provided by an Administration on Aging (AoA) grant.

Identity theft by domestic violence perpetrators - Consumer Issues

Date: 
Mon, 12/17/2012 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

On December 17, 2012 at 2 pm EST, NITVAN will be hosting a free webinar on the use
of identity theft by domestic violence perpetrators
as a method of
power and control. Featured speakers include Erika A. Sussman, the Executive
Director of the Center for Survivor Agency and Justice, Sara Shoener, Project
Manager of the Consumer Rights for Domestic Violence Survivors Initiative at
CSAJ, and Deirdre Keys, the coordinator of the Minnesota Identity Theft
Coalition.   Contact Merry O'Brien on 301-952-0063 or merrry@mdcrimevictims.org



Location
Location Name: 
Webinar
Contact
Name: 
Merry O'Brien
Phone: 
301-952-0063
Sponsor: 
Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center, Inc.

Introduction to Quality Measures in Managed Long-Term Services and Supports

Date: 
Fri, 11/30/2012 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Friday Morning Collaborative Webinar Series:

Introduction to Quality Measures in Managed Long-Term Services and Supports

States are increasingly establishing or expanding Medicaid managed long-term services and supports (MLTSS) programs.
 
LTSS quality measures and monitoring activities are essential tools for consumers and states to ensure protections, enhance choice and plan performance, and align incentives to meet desired goals such as rebalancing or promoting options for self-direction.

This webinar is the first in a series that will promote learning and discussion to build the capacity of stakeholders on these issues.

Speakers:

  • Sarah Scholle, National Committee on Quality Assurance
  • Alice Lind, Center for Health Care Strategies

Space is limited, so please register early and share lines when possible. The webinar will be recorded and posted online.

Host:

The Friday Morning Collaborative is a coalition of national aging and disability organizations working together to protect and strengthen Medicaid home and community-based services. With support from The SCAN Foundation, the coalition is hosting ongoing webinars to provide information and resources to state advocates.

Learn More: Join Our HCBS Online Community!

A special group on the NCOA Crossroads online community unites state advocates in the aging and disability fields working to strengthen and protect Medicaid HCBS:

  • Share what's happening in your state. 
  • Communicate with advocates in other states and nationally. 
  • Get information and resources related to Medicaid HCBS.

Join us now—and after the webinar to discuss what you heard!

Disaster Unemployment Assistance in Wake of Hurricane Sandy

Workers who lost their jobs as a result of Hurricane Sandy -- and who aren't eligible for regular state unemployment insurance, e.g., the self-employed -- may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment  Assistance, a federal program that provides up to 26 weeks of jobless aid.

To qualify, individuals must have lost their jobs as a result of a major disaster in an area so declared by the president.  To date, a number of counties in NY, NJ, and CT have been declared major disaster areas.  Check out our fact  sheet at http://unemployedworkers.org/sites/unemployedworkers/index.php/site/blog_entry/disaster_unemployment_assistance_how_workers_can_access_the_program_sandy for more info.

And be sure to visit NELP's Immigrant Worker Justice Blog at http://www.immigrantworkerjustice.org/blog to read about how the storm has impacted immigrant worker communities on the East Coast.

New Legislation Introduced to Promote LBGT Rights in Long-Term Care

This is interesting news, esp. in light of our recent training last week on LGBT issues and older adults. If you didn't attend the training, I highly recommend you go to the one in October - I think we all got a tremendous amount out of it!

From the National Long Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center:

September 27, 2012

Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced a bill to Congress that would aid in support for the LBGT older population in conjunction with the Older Americans Act (OAA). The new bill, the LGBT Elder Americans Act of 2012, strives to include barriers to care facing the LGBT population including isolation, discrimination and neglect. The bill would require long-term care ombudsmen to collect data relating LGBT discrimination and complaints they have received which will help understand the gap in services provided to the elder LGBT population. LGBT Elder Americans Act would also help expand the definition of “greatest social need” which by the OAA’s standards only includes isolation caused by racial or ethnic status. If the bill passes, this definition and the services offered to this population would include sexual orientation and gender identity. Another important proposal of the bill is to establish the National Resource Center of LGBT Aging which would provide critical resources and tools to the aging LGBT population. Lastly, the bill proposed using grants to fund research for those working to improve LGBT health, and would require data collection from area and state agencies on aging to monitor the progress and effectiveness in helping the LGBT population.

 

Health care reform: Caring about costs, too

From the Baltimore Sun opinion page:

Health care reform: Caring about costs, too
--------------------

Expanding health coverage won't be sustainable unless Maryland can reduce expenses by emphasizing primary care

By Joshua M. Sharfstein, Laura Herrera, and Charles Milligan

September 27 2012, 6:00 AM EDT

By establishing a health benefit exchange and expanding Medicaid coverage, Maryland is on a path to extend access to affordable health care to hundreds of thousands of individuals, families and small businesses. For our progress to be sustainable, however, the growth in health care spending must be slowed and brought into balance.

The complete article can be viewed at:
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-health-spending-20120926,0,5965015.story

 

Baltimore County Pro Bono Day

Date: 
Sat, 10/20/2012 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

Volunteer lawyers needed!  The Baltimore County Bar Association's Pro Bono Committee, in partnership with Legal Aid Bureau and Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, will be sponsoring a free legal advice clinic in Baltimore County on Saturday, October 20, 2012 between 9AM-Noon.  Please contact Yoanna Moisides, ymoisides@mdlab.org if you would like to volunteer.

Location
Location Name: 
Randallstown Library Branch
Address1: 
8604 Liberty Road
City: 
Randallstown
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21113
Contact
Name: 
Yoanna Moisides, MD Legal Aid Bureau
Sponsor: 
Baltimore County Bar Association

National Health Law Program- Health Advocates Conference

Date: 
Sun, 12/02/2012 - 8:00am - Tue, 12/04/2012 - 5:00pm

Maryland Legal Aid advocates who are interested in attending please complete a Level 2 Training request and submit to Reetta Gach at rgach@mdlab.org by Friday, October 12, 2012. 

 

Welcome to the on-line registration for the 2012 National Health Law Program's Health Advocates Conference.

 To register, sign in at:  http://www.nhelp.org/conf2012/login.php

 Your temporary Username/Email is: guest, and your password is: nhconf12

 After signing in, click on the "Register" link at the top left. Once you register you will use your email as your username

and a password of your choice. Please save this information as you will need this later on to retrieve workshop materials.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

After you have logged in, you can view workshop descriptions by clicking on the sessions link on the upper left hand corner of the

web page.  Featured speakers include:

·        Cindy Mann, CMS Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicaid, CHIP Services

·        Vikki Wachino, CMS Director, Children & Adults Health Programs Group

·        Juliet Choi, Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor, HHS Office for Civil Rights

·        Anne Raish, Deputy Chief, Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice

·        Tim Englehart, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office, Director, Models,

Demonstrations and Analysis Group

·        Janice L. Genevro, Center for Primary Care, Prevention, & Clinical Partnerships, Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality

·        and many more!

LODGING

Lodging is provided at the Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University. Rooms are double-occupancy. You will be assigned a roommate unless you pay a single supplement.

CLE CREDITS

You are responsible for applying for individual CLE credits in accordance with your state bar's guidelines. A certificate of attendance will be mailed to you using the CLE attendance sheet that will be provided at the conference.

SCHOLARSHIPS

NHeLP offers a limited number of full scholarships available for those relatively new to health advocacy. An application is included in this on-line registration.  Deadline for application is October 26th.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Should you have trouble with the on-line registration, or have any other questions or concerns, please contact Gabriella Rodriguez at (202) 289-7661 or rodriguez@healthlaw.org.

 

Location
Location Name: 
Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University
Contact
Name: 
Gabriella Rodriguez, NHELP
Phone: 
202-289-7661
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