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E-Newsletter of August 21, 2012 | Vol. 5, No. 34

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Link of the Week

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On August 5, 2012, the Minneapolis Star Tribune ran a piece called Health Care for Old Age, by Katherine Roberts, President and CEO of Ecumen.  Katherine is considered one of the leaders in developing public policy for payment of long-term care in Minnesota.  I do not agree with her assumptions or her conclusions, let alone her policy preferences for the future, but her article is a true account of where public policy in Minnesota has been going in the past several decades with respect to financing of long-term care for baby-boomers like me.  She accepts the notion that we cannot afford current health care programs, so the answer must be to shift more of current and future expense to private individuals. To read the article, click here.

Submitted by Julian Zweber, Esq.
julianzweber@qwestoffice.net

 

MN Same Day Voter Registration Ruled Constitutional

To read the whole opinion, click here. The part of the decision that deals with the voting rights of people under guardianship starts at page 16. 

Submitted by Jennifer Wright, Esq.
JLWRIGHT1@stthomas.edu

 

Elder Law News

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Scam targets senior citizens | ConnectMidMissouri.com

Minn. hospitals outpace nursing homes in flu shot program | Grand Forks Herald

Premature deaths linked to drugs in nursing homes | ABC News

5 things to know about the Medicare debate | Star Tribune

Medicare issue put to test quickly in Florida | Star Tribune

Submitted by Joel Smith, Esq.
joel@koslawfirm.com


Elder Law Cases

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There are no new cases to report this week.

Elder Law Statutes, Regulations, and Bulletins

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There are no new statutes, regulations or bulletins to report this week.

Upcoming Events and CLE Programs

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The Affordable Care Act Decision: Implications for Health Law and Beyond
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Presentation in the new Anderson Center, Room 111 
6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Reception on the Anderson Center Rooftop Terrace
1.25 CLE credits applied for
Registration fee for CLE credit is $35. Free for Hamline Law Alumni and guests not earning CLE.

The Supreme Court's long-anticipated ruling on constitutional challenges to the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is having a profound impact on all segments of the healthcare industry.  Providers, payors, employers, and governmental agencies must address the challenges of compliance with the numerous mandates in the Act.

Our expert panel represents three disciplinary perspectives -- constitutional law, tax law, and health law – provided by faculty experts at Hamline University School of Law.  Over 75 minutes, the panel will provide participants with an assessment of the implications of the Supreme Court's ruling for Minnesota practitioners and their clients.  Panelists include: Associate Professor Laura Hermer, Associate Professor Mogran Holcomb, Professor Jonathan Kahn

Submitted by Kari Winter
kwinter03@gw.hamline.edu

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SAVE THE DATE!  The 22nd Annual Elder Law Institute will be held on October 11-12, 2012 at the Minnesota CLE Center in Minneapolis. 

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SAVE THE DATE!   "Legal, Medical, and Ethical Issues in Minnesota End-of-Life Care," the Hamline University Health Law Institute's multidisciplinary CLE Symposium, will be held in Hamline's brand new Anderson Center on November 8-9, 2012. To learn more, click here.

Submitted by Thadeus M. Pope, Esq.
tpope01@gw.hamline.edu

 

Elder Law Section Activities

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MA COMMITTEE MEETING: The next MA Committee meeting will be at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 21, 2012. 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 tfenske@mnelderlaw.com 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, October 12, 2012 at 7:30 am, before the Elder Law Institute- location to be announced. For further information, please contact Laura Zdychnec, Chair, at: lzdychnec@mnelderlaw.com.

 

Elder Law Website

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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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