Navigating the Medicaid System in a Hostile World


The tenor of the relationship between elder law attorneys and the agencies that administer the Medicaid program in the various states has gone from cordial to outright hostile Since the implementation of the Deficit Reduction Act.

Those who serve elderly or disabled clients are affronted by accounts surface of elders being denied eligibility for benefits following a $25 gift to a grandchild or because of payments made for caregiver services.

Suffolk University Law School's Advanced Legal Studies program and the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys are co-sponsoring the 11th annual Northeast Elder Law Symposium, to be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, September 12, 2008, in Sargent Hall, 120 Tremont St., Boston.

The theme is Navigating the Medicaid System in a Hostile World.

Critics cite the often-unreasonable positions of Medicaid intake workers and agency representatives' conduct at the fair hearing level, which often is considered far from “fair.”

Reports of hearing officers' arguing the position of the state on the record, and ex parte conferences between the hearing officer and the Medicaid representative about the merits of an upcoming hearing have further eroded the confidence of the elder law bar that clients’ matters will be justly resolved by the agency charged with providing support to that population.

This year’s Elder Law Symposium will feature experienced elder law practitioners in the New England states, New York, and New Jersey discussing their responses to attacks on their clients and on practices.


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