In the book review of Long Goodbye: The Deaths of Nancy Cruzan by John Voorn (Vol. 9 No. 8, December 2003), a sentence was inserted by the editors saying that the Governor of Florida had signed a bill to reinsert a feeding tube into Terry Schiavo after a federal court had ordered the tube removed. It was a state probate judge that issued the order.
Dealing with life insurance in Medicaid eligibility planning
Because the Illinois Medicaid eligibility manual (PM 07-02-07) severely limits ownership of life insurance policies by a prospective applicant for Medicaid long-term care benefits, it is often necessary to divest ownership of such policies.
The elder boom: Are you ready?
The python is about to have another case of indigestion. The front end of the Boomer generation, likened by some to a pig in a long, extended python of flat birth rates, is about to enter its 'elderly' phase.
Have an answer? You do now
Over time, the author has compiled his own resource "go-to" list. It has helped him be of service to the client at little or no cost.
Making law offices elder-friendly: Advice from the field
In a recent e-mail exchange, several members of the ABA's Law and Aging Network, including Legal Services Developers and other elder lawyers, offered suggestions to make law offices more accessible and welcoming to older persons.
Medicaid application tips
A recent encounter with a 28-year veteran DHS Intake Worker caused me to realize that it pays to know the rules when you or your assistant attends a Medicaid application interview.
Message from the chair
(Notice to librarians: The following issues were published in Volume 9 of this newsletter during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2004: September, No. 1; December, No. 2; March, No. 3; June, No. 4).
Message from the Chair
By the time you are reading this message, another bar year will be expiring or have come and gone and a new year will have started under the capable leadership of the Elder Law Section's next Chair-Sherri Rudy.
Message from the Chair
Issue No. 3 of the Elder Law newsletter indicates that we are more than halfway through another bar year.
Phishing: New Internet scam for seniors (and others) to beware
An Internet scam that has recently been reported demonstrates the ingenuity of con artists. As people get more sophisticated about using the Internet and know not to give out personal information to an unfamiliar site or e-mail correspondent, scammers have come up with a more sophisticated way to get that information.
Prescription drug price relief-Now
While American seniors await the full impact implementation of the new prescription drug benefit to Medicare, many Illinois residents can already enjoy a variety of means of reducing prescription drug costs.
Scamming the scammers
Not to be outdone by Nigeria, Canada has come up with its own scam on older persons.
To the editors
While Paul A. Meints' article in the March 2004 Elder Law newsletter presents some interesting possible customizations of both the health care and property powers of attorney, the suggestions raised three issues in my mind.
Visitability-A welcome idea in home design
When people think of accessibility aspects of home design-such as wheelchair ramps and siderails in the bathroom, they usually think of those features as either being present in a home or facility designed for persons with physical disabilities or having to be installed in a home of one who recently became disabled.