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E-Newsletter of April 24, 2012 | Vol. 4, No. 67


Link of the Week


National Center on Elder Abuse

The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) serves as a national resource center dedicated to the prevention of elder mistreatment. The NCEA is a resource for policy makers, social service and health care practitioners, the justice system, researchers, advocates, and families.

Submitted by Megan K. Stowers

Elder Law News


Former AG Humphrey to Talk Frauds and Scams in Minnetonka on May 10th | KSTP TV

Minnesota legislature takes further steps to protect vulnerable adults | WDAY

Column: Where will you live when you get older? | Duluth News Tribune

Sen. Corker: Long-Term Care is "Heading for a National Crisis" | Forbes

Our View: Now is the time to 'Own Your Future' | Post Bulletin

Tough choices on your health start today--Too few people have advanced-care directives to guide decisions | Star Tribune

Big gaps found in nursing homes' disaster plans | USA Today

MN accused of misspending ND father's money | Bemidji Pioneer

Settlement may restore Emergency Medical Assistance benefit | MPR News

Families of frail seniors call sensors a godsend | Star Tribune

Submitted by Joel Smith, Esq.

Elder Law Cases

There are no new Minnesota cases to report this week.

Elder Law Statutes, Regulations, and Bulletins

The following appeared in the State Register dated April 16, 2012:

Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS)
Health Care Eligibility and Access Division
Notice of Request for Proposals to Provide Outreach and Renewal Assistance
Services to Minnesotans Enrolled in Minnesota Health Care Programs

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Minnesota Department of Human Services is requesting proposals to provide outreach and renewal assistance services to Minnesotans enrolled in Minnesota Health Care Programs.
Work is proposed to start July 1, 2012. For more information, or to obtain a copy of the Request for Proposal, contact:

Jennifer Ditlevson
Department of Human Services
Health Care Eligibility and Access Division
444 Lafayette Road N.

St. Paul, MN 55155
Phone: (651) 431-3929
Fax: (651) 431-7572

This is the only person designated to answer questions by potential responders regarding this request.
Proposals submitted in response to this Request for Proposals must be received at the address above no later than 4:00 p.m., Central Time, May 7, 2012. Late proposals will not be considered. Faxed or e-mailed proposals will not be considered.
The RFP can be viewed by visiting the Minnesota Department of Human Services RFP web site.
This request does not obligate the State to complete the work contemplated in this notice. The State reserves the right to cancel this solicitation. All expenses incurred in responding to this notice are solely the responsibility of the responder.

Submitted by Peter M. Hendricks, Esq.

Upcoming Events and CLE Programs

What: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
When: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 from 8:00am – 5:00pm
Where: William Mitchell College of Law
Auditorium and Classrooms for Breakout Sessions
875 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105
Cost: FREE!

Submitted by Suzy Scheller, Esq.
Elder Law Section Chair


The Hamline University School of Law Health Law Institute will be offering ELDER LAW in a compact format from June 16 to 21.  The course qualifies for 2 law school credits or 24 CLE credits.  To learn more, click here. 

The Health Law Institute is also offering four other courses in the same format in the same time-frame:

Health Reform: A New Age of Regulatory Enforcement (1cr)
Health Reform: Insurance Plans, Exchanges, and Mandates (1cr)
(Un)Healthy Choices: Tobacco, Obesity, and Beyond (2cr)
Health Care Compliance Summer Institute (3cr)

Submitted by Thaddeus Pope, J.D., Ph.D.
Director, Health Law Institute
Associate Professor of Law
Hamline University School of Law

Elder Law Section Activities


MA COMMITTEE MEETING: The next MA Committee meeting will be at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, 2011. The Medical Assistance Committee is a study group to analyze Elder Law Section member questions and case studies and to discuss administrative policies and procedures in relation to Medical Assistance in Minnesota.  Cathryn D. Reher of Long, Reher & Hanson, P.A., is Committee Chair.  For directions, or to attend by phone, please contact Tracie Fenske with Long, Reher & Hanson, P.A., at 952-929-0622 at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting. Topics for the meeting may be submitted to under the subject heading “MA Committee Topic”, or faxed to 952-542-9201. Please be reminded that the meeting location is: Estate & Elder Law Services (formerly MAO Legal Services), Monroe Village, 1900 Central Avenue NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55418. The meeting takes place in the building’s conference room. There are a few parking spaces behind the building and lots of street parking. People should walk to the back of the building and come to the back door which faces directly into the meeting room.

GOVERNING COUNCIL:  The next meeting of the Elder Law Section Governing Council will be on Friday, June 15, 2011. The Annual Meeting will begin at 3:30 pm, and the Governing Council meeting will follow. The meetings will be held at the offices of the Volunteers of America (VOA) at 1900 Central Avenue NE, Suite 106, Minneapolis, MN 55418.For further information, please contact Suzy Scheller, Chair, at:


Elder Law Website


DON'T FORGET THAT THE ELDER LAW WEBSITE IS A GREAT RESOURCE. Here’s what you can find on the Website:  Links to the DHS Health Care Programs Manual, the DHS Bulletin on treatment of uncompensated transfers, the Minnesota Bankers Association Compliance Bulletin on Powers of Attorney, legislative summary; Practice Links to organizations such as NAELA, ABA Commission on Law and Aging, Links to Federal and State Government Agencies, Statutes, and Regulations; Meeting Notices, Listings of Officers and Council Members, Section Bylaws, and more.


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