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 email@example.com or 781-354-2444.
Pooled Trust Bill:
An Act to Preserve Special Needs Trusts for Disabled Seniors
Representative Hogan/Senator Jehlen
Pooled trust fact sheet
Veterans’ Aid and Attendance Bill:
An Act to Protect Medically Needy Veterans
Veteran A&A bill fact sheet 2017
Community Care Bill
An Act to Support Equal Access to Community Care for Elders and the Disabled
Representative Benson, Senator Eldridge
community care bill fact sheet 2017
Undue Hardship Waiver Bill
An Act To Protect Masshealth Applicants Facing Undue Hardship
Representative Hogan, Senator Chandler
Undue Hardship fact sheet 2017
Transfer of Assets Bill:
An Act Relative to Transfers of Assets by MassHealth Members
Representative Barber, Senator Montigny
TOA fact sheet 2017
Long Term Care Insurance Bill
An Act Relative to Liability For Medical Assistance Paid
Representative Brodeur, Senator Chandler
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Elizabeth Yows-Johnson at email@example.com 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.