• Navigating The Medicaid System In A Hostile World

11th annual Northeast Elder Law Symposium

9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 12, 2008
Suffolk University Law School
120 Tremont Street, Boston

Navingating the Medicaid System In a Hostile World
11th Annual Northeast Elder Law Symposium

Co-Sponsored with the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

Since the implementation of the DRA, the tenor of the relationship between elder law attorneys and the agencies which administer the Medicaid program in the various states has gone from cordial to outright hostile in some instances. Accounts of elders being denied eligibility for benefits because of a $25 First Communion gift to a grandchild or because of payments made for caregiver services are an affront to those of us whose mission it is to serve the elderly or disabled client.

In addition to the often unreasonable positions of the Medicaid intake workers, the conduct of the agency representatives at the fair hearing level is often 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 our clients’ matters will be justly resolved by the agency which is supposed to provide support to that population.

Attend this year’s Elder Law Symposium to hear how experienced elder law practitioners in the New England states, as well as New York and New Jersey, are responding to attacks on our clients and on our practices.

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