CALLS TO ACTION
LEGISLATIVE EFFORTS: Thanks to all members who contacted their legislators! MassNAELA has now filed 6 bills for the new two-year legislative session that started January, 2017 and will continue until the end of December, 2018. Below you will find the bill texts for the Senate bills which are identical to the House bills and fact sheets for 5 of the bills. If you have any questions regarding these bills or MassNAELA’s advocacy efforts, please contact Nomita Ganguly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-354-2444.
Pooled Trust Bill:
Pooled Trust: “An Act to Preserve Special Needs Trusts for Disabled Seniors” (New)
Representative Hogan; Senator Jehlen
H2074 – Elder Affairs; S629- Health Care Finance
S629 – Senate Pooled Trust bill
H2074 – pooled trust 2017
Pooled Trust Fact Sheet 3-22-2017
Undue Hardship: “An Act To Protect Masshealth Applicants Facing Undue Hardship” (Refile)
Representative Hogan; Senator Chandler
H2988; S606- Health Care Finance
S606 – Senate Undue Hardship bill
H2988 – Undue Hardship 2017
Undue Hardship fact sheet 3-22-2017
Transfer of Assets: “An Act Relative To Transfer Of Assets By Masshealth Members” (Refile)
Representative Barber; Senator Montigny
H2210; S654 – Health Care Finance
S654 – Senate TOA bill
H2210 – Transfer of Assets 2017
Transfer of Assets fact sheet 2017 final
Veterans Aid and Attendance Bill: “An Act to Protect Medically Needy Veterans” (New)
Representative Parisella; Senator Rush
S2030 –Veterans Affairs
S2030 – Senate Veteran’s Aid & Attendance bill
Veterans A&A fact sheet 2-28-2017
Community Care Bill (PACE): “An Act to Support Equal Access to Community Care for Elders and the Disabled” (Refile)
Representative Benson; Senator Eldridge
H593; S617 – Health Care Finance
S617 – Senate Community Care bill
H593 – House Community Care bill
Community Care fact sheet 3-22-2017
LTCI Bill: “An Act Relative to Liability For Medical Assistance Paid” (New)
Representative Brodeur; Senator Chandler
H2885-Elder Affairs; S607- Health Care Finance
S607 – LTCI bill
H2885 – LTCI bill 2017
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Do you have two to three hours a month for volunteer work? Are you interested in mentoring a less-experienced attorney? Please consider giving pro bono attorneys the benefit of your expertise!
The Women’s Bar Foundation (WBF) is looking for experienced elder law practitioners to serve as mentors for a unique and longstanding pro bono initiative, the Elder Law Project (ELP). Additional details about this two-hour commitment are below. Please contact Kristy Nardone at email@example.com or Elizabeth Yows-Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to volunteer. Pro bono attorneys cite their positive experience with mentors as one of the greatest satisfactions in representing ELP clients!
The WBF, the charitable arm of the Women’s Bar Association, manages several pro bono projects, including the ELP. Through the ELP, pro bono attorneys draft simple end-of-life documents for low-income seniors. The ELP screening includes a confirmation of eligibility and a discussion of the benefits of preparing a will, health care proxy, power of attorney, and/or homestead declaration. Each volunteer attorney agrees to take two cases within a year, and the ELP anticipates that he or she will spend fewer than ten pro bono hours on each case.
The backbone of the ELP is its mentorship program. Each volunteer attorney is paired with an experienced practitioner who understands elders and has experience drafting end-of-life documents. Mentors agree to answer questions from their “mentee” as well as review documents if appropriate. Mentors never meet with clients—they serve as advisors and have the opportunity to guide a newer attorney through his or her first elder law case. Mentors choose the number of ELP attorneys they wish to mentor, and it is anticipated that the mentor time commitment is fewer than two pro bono hours per mentee.
Please consider helping a new attorney serve a low-income senior who is grappling with end-of-life decisions.
Need assistance with a fair hearing or possible 30A appeal? Contact the Litigation Review Subcommittee: Referral form – 2017
MASSNAELA BOARD OF DIRECTORS ADOPTS RESOLUTIONS: The Board of Directors adopted two resolutions, one opposing the American Health Care Act (the “repeal and replace” bill for the ACA) and the other opposing the proposed elimination of legal services funding in the federal budget. Read the resolutions here: 17.03.24 MANAELA Resolutions (002)