The Elder Law Section has many ongoing programs and activities in which section members may participate.
The section publishes a weekly e-Newsletter which is distributed via email to all section members each Tuesday and which is posted online on the Elder Law Section’s webpage. Click here to view recent editions of the e-Newsletter. The e-Newsletter provides information on section activities, upcoming educational opportunities and CLEs, news items about elder law issues, published and unpublished cases pertaining to elder law, links to other useful websites, and statutes, regulations, and bulletins of interest to elder law practitioners.
The e-Newsletter also accepts articles of interest from both members and non-members. Anyone interested in submitting an article may contact Editor-in-Chief Joel Button.
Elder Law Institute
Each October, the Elder Law Section presents an annual two-day day institute in conjunction with Minnesota CLE. The goal of the Institute is to provide educational and networking opportunities to attorneys and others interested in the practice of Elder Law. Topics range from discussions of nursing home and Medical Assistance issues to legislative updates and policy analysis. Institute attendees receive from nine to eleven Continuing Legal Education credits, depending upon the length of the Institute. Click here for more information about the Institute.
National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD)
The Elder Law Section serves as the Minnesota state liaison for National Healthcare Decisions Day, a nationwide program committed to ensuring that all adults with decision-making capacity have the information and opportunity to communicate and document their healthcare decisions. On April 16th of each year, hundreds of NHDD events are held around the country. In Minnesota, NHDD attendees have the opportunity to learn more about and complete a Minnesota Health Care Directive. More information about NHDD is available on the state website at: www.mnhealthcaredecisions.info.
Medical Assistance Forums
The Elder Law Section sponsors meetings every two months for interested persons to discuss practice issues involving Medical Assistance (MA). During these forums, members of the section meet in person and by phone to consider MA issues and challenges, to exchange information and possible solutions, and to discuss laws and policies related to MA. The MA forums are held on the 3rd Tuesday of August, October, December, February, April, and June. A full meeting schedule is available by clicking here.
Vulnerable Adult Seminars
Members of the Vulnerable Adult Committee of the Elder Law Section are available to provide community seminars on a variety of topics related to abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation of the elderly. Seminar topics include: Elder Abuse and Neglect; Facility Selection; Power of Attorney & Guardian/Conservatorships; and Vulnerable Adults Act & Financial Exploitation. The committee also has resources available on topics such as: Maltreatment; Advocacy Groups; Civil and Criminal Remedies; Adult Protection Services; Care Facility License and Registration; and Scams. The committee also has published a brochure entitled “Maltreatment of Vulnerable Adults: Abuse, Neglect, and Financial Exploitation in Minnesota,” which explains the Vulnerable Adults Act in laymen’s terms. Copies of the brochure are available to the public. Anyone interested in scheduling a seminar or receiving a brochure may contact Ken LaBore.
CLE in a Box
As part of the MSBA’s Nine Days in June Conference, the Elder Law Section has prepared a program entitled “Medical Assistance Eligibility: Fundamentals of Minnesota Health Care Programs for Seniors.” The presentation package includes comprehensive written materials describing the Medical Assistance program in Minnesota, as well as a PowerPoint presentation covering the same information. The materials are available to any section members who wish to schedule a presentation about Medical Assistance in their area.
Click the links below to download the CLE in a Box materials:
Law Student Outreach and Service Project
Law students serving on the Elder Law Section Governing Council have begun a spring service project, open to all section members and to law students in the Twin Cities area. In the spring of 2010, the students teamed with Handyworks, a local nonprofit organization that helps older and permanently physically disabled adults to continue living independently at home. Students and attorneys grabbed their gloves and rakes and assisted elderly community members with yard and other spring clean-up chores. A new service project will be announced each spring in the section’s newsletter.
Medicaid State Plan Posting
Because the state Department of Human Resources does not currently provide an electronic version of the Medicaid State Plan - the document which contains the rules governing Medical Assistance in Minnesota - the section has worked to secure a hard copy of the Plan for posting to the section’s website. To keep section members informed, the Elder Law Section purchased a copy of the State Plan and teamed with the University of St. Thomas School of Law’s Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services to convert the 1600-page document to pdf format for electronic posting. The section is also working to develop a system through which proposed amendments to the Plan may be made available to members for consideration and comment. Click here for more information.