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In 2014, provided webinar trainings to 26,859 attendees on a variety of topics regarding access to quality health care and economic security for low-income older adults.

WEBINAR: Implementation of Hart v. Berryhill (Colvin) – Class action settlement

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Focused on class members with open claims

When: August 10, 2017

Hart v. Berryhill (Colvin) is a Social Security and SSI disability class action that challenged the Social Security Administration’s continued use of medical reports from Dr. Frank Chen even after he had been disqualified from performing medical examinations for Social Security because of serious deficiencies in his reports. The settlement, which was approved on April 25, 2017, provides an opportunity for new disability determinations for many class members.

Implementation of the settlement has begun. Social Security mailed the first wave of notices to class members with open claims to inform them of their rights under the settlement in mid-July. A second, larger wave of notices for people whose claims have been closed will likely go out in mid-September.

To help advocates in assisting Hart class members, Justice in Aging is holding a number of trainings on the process of obtaining relief under the settlement. This first training focuses on the first wave of notices that went out in July 2017 to class members with open claims (meaning that there was an active administrative appeal in process on the claim involving the Dr. Chen report, as of April 25, 2017). It briefly reviews the settlement relief for all class members, and then goes into detail about the relief for class members with open claims, and considerations about whether to request relief.

You can read more about the case and the settlement agreement here.

Presenters:
Gerald McIntyre, Special Counsel, Justice in Aging
Trinh Phan, Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging

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WEBINAR: In-Kind Support and Maintenance in the Supplemental Security Income Program

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When: Wednesday, August 16th, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET

Why do many clients receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits only receive $490 each month instead of $735, and what can we do about it?  In many cases, the reason is “in-kind support and maintenance” (ISM). A person who receives shelter and food from a friend or family member they live with is receiving in-kind support and maintenance. The Social Security Administration (SSA) counts that support as income and lowers their benefit.
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WEBINAR: Legal Basics: Bankruptcy Protections for Older Consumers

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When: Tuesday, August 8th, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET

An increasing number of older consumers are struggling with unmanageable debt. Debt collectors are using aggressive tactics to pursue older adults with limited resources, making it critically important for legal services attorneys to understand protections that may help their clients. Bankruptcy may help older consumers eliminate debt and preserve income needed to pay rent, buy food, and keep the lights on. Read More

WEBINAR: Elder Abuse — Insight into the Victims of Crimes Act (VOCA) and Legal Aid Support

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When: Monday, July 31st, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET.

The Victims of Crimes Act (VOCA) supports crime victims programs that assist victims of sexual assault, spousal abuse, child abuse, or other previously underserved victims of crimes. In recent years, VOCA has supported elder abuse programs, including certain specified legal assistance expenses that help crime victims.
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WEBINAR: Legal Assistance Developer 102: Development and Implementation of Statewide Standards

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When: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET.

The Legal Assistance Developer (LAD) position plays a key role in ensuring legal services for older persons with greatest social and economic needs in each state. In our first webinar—Legal Assistance Developer 101, we explored some key aspects of the developer job including how to target legal assistance to those who need it most and how to prioritize the most critical issues for legal help.  Read More

WEBINAR: Legal Basics: Supported Decision-Making

By | Alzheimer's & Dementia, NCLER, Person-Centered Care Planning, WEBINAR | No Comments
When: Tuesday July 11, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. PT/ 2:00 p.m. ET.

Supported Decision-Making (SDM) is a person-centered planning and person-driven decision-making model that can be used as an alternative to guardianship, to help individuals retain their legal rights. SDM emphasizes personal choice based on information and advice from trusted advisors.  Read More

WEBINAR: Medicaid, the AHCA and Older Adults

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When: Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. PT/ 1:00 p.m. ET.

Medicaid is under attack from all directions. From the proposal to impose cap Medicaid funding in American Healthcare Act (AHCA) and the drastic cuts proposed to Medicaid in the Trump Administration’s budget proposal, the threats to Medicaid are widespread. For older adults, Medicaid is a lifeline that ensures access to critical medical care and long-term services and supports. Slashing Medicaid would impact the entire health care system, including for those who have Medicare.
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WEBINAR: Elder Abuse – The Impact of Undue Influence

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When: Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET.

Perpetrators of financial exploitation and other forms of elder abuse may exert undue influence to control the decision-making of their victims. Learning to recognize signs of undue influence will help legal and aging network service providers prevent or redress elder abuse and enhance victims’ access to justice. Read More

WEBINAR: Legal Basics: Social Security

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When: Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET.

Social Security is a popular social insurance program administered by the Social Security Administration. It provides critical resources and economic security to many workers who are retired or have a disability, as well as to their survivors and dependents. This webinar is designed for legal services and other advocates who are just getting started in the field and others who want to learn more about the essentials of the program. Read More