Case Consultations

NCLER provides free case consultation assistance for attorneys and professionals seeking more information to help older adults. Topics can include: Advance Planning, Elder Abuse, Guardianship, Health/LTSS, Economic Security, Supported Decision-Making, Consumer Protection, and Housing. Please contact NCLER@acl.hhs.gov for assistance.

National Legal Training Curriculum

NCLER offers a National Legal Training Curriculum to the legal and aging network. Trainings are offered in eight areas: Health and Long-Term Services and Supports, Economic Security, Advance Planning, Supported Decision-Making, Guardianship. Elder Abuse, Consumer Protection, and Housing. Legal Basics Training occurs on the second Tuesday of the month at 11am PT/2pm ET; Advanced/Hot Topics Training occurs on the third Wednesday of the month at 11am PT/2pm ET. Each basics training is accompanied by a Chapter Summary while an Issue Brief supplements each advanced training. Written materials are available for download below.


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Recent/Upcoming Trainings

Legal Basics: Pensions

By Emma Messore | NCLER, WEBINAR
When: Tuesday, November 14th, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET

Older adults are increasingly concerned about their retirement security. In fact, recent polls demonstrate that older adults are more worried about running out of money than dying. Legal services attorneys play a critical role in promoting retirement security by helping older adults understand and protect their pensions. In this webinar, guest presented by the Pension Rights Center, attorney Emily Spreiser will explain the legal basics of pensions.

Participants in this webinar, Legal Basics: Pensions, will obtain a basic understanding of the following:

  • Basics of pension rights
  • Understanding how to access pensions
  • Assisting clients working through pension challenges, including: multi-employer pensions and lost pensions
  • Resources to assist attorneys on pension questions


Closed captioning will be available on this webinar. A link with access to the captions will be shared through GoToWebinar’s chat box shortly before the webinar start time.

Presenters:
Emily Spreiser Pension Rights Center

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Medicaid and Transportation for Older Adults

By Emma Messore | NCLER, WEBINAR
Wednesday, November 15th, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET.

Many older adults who rely on Medicaid for their long-term services and supports also need transportation to medical services. Federal regulations require states to ensure eligible, qualified Medicaid beneficiaries have access to services to take them to and from providers. However, each state’s Medicaid and managed care programs may implement the regulations differently, making it difficult for older adults to get the transportation they need.

Participants in this webinar, Medicaid and Transportation for Older Adults, will obtain a better understanding of:

  • The federal regulations that govern Medicaid’s non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) benefit
  • The distinction between NEMT and non-medical transportation (NMT)
  • Special circumstances for dual eligible older adults who receive both Medicare and Medicaid
  • Examples of barriers to accessing Medicaid’s transportation benefit and recommendations for helping clients with those challenges


Webinar participants will receive an issue brief, detailing the presentation. The issue brief will also be available at ncler.acl.gov.

Closed captioning will be available on this webinar. A link with access to the captions will be shared through GoToWebinar’s chat box shortly before the webinar start time.

Presenters:
Denny Chan, Justice in Aging
Georgia Burke, Justice in Aging

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WEBINAR: Medical Debt Strategies for Older Consumers

By Emma Messore | NCLER, WEBINAR
When: Wednesday, October 18th, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET

Medical debt affects tens of millions of consumers. It is one of the most prevalent types of consumer debt, with one in five Americans being contacted by a debt collector over an unpaid healthcare bill. Of elders and non-elder consumers, 20% have at least one medical debt collection item in their credit reports. Elders may struggle to pay Medicare premiums and copayments, and are more likely than younger consumers to file for bankruptcy due to medical expenses

This free webcast, Medical Debt Strategies for Older Consumers, outlines the issues facing older consumers and offers strategies to address the challenges. This session will highlight the various health care and medical debt protections which may be available to older consumers.

Closed captioning will be available on this webcast. A link with access to the captions will be shared through GoToWebinar’s chat box shortly before the webcast start time.

Presenters:
Jenifer Bosco, Attorney, National Consumer Law Center

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WEBINAR: Legal Basics: Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports, at Home or in Congregate Settings

By Emma Messore | NCLER, WEBINAR
When: Tuesday, October 10th, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET

Long-term services and supports (LTSS) are vital to millions of Americans. According to a Department of Health & Human Services Research Brief, of persons turning age 65 today, 52 percent will need some form of LTSS in the future. In many cases, the necessary LTSS will be funded through Medicaid. The financing and quality of LTSS often depend upon Medicaid laws and policies. Despite the importance of these laws and policies, they often are not well known among both consumers and aging network professionals.

As a follow-up to September’s Legal Basics: Medicaid 101 presentation, this legal basics webinar will provide an overview of LTSS that will include both home and community-based services and institutional care. The discussion and materials will address care provided at home, at a day center, in an assisted living facility, or in a nursing facility. The webinar will be useful to legal advocates, service providers, and other members of the aging services network.

Closed captioning will be available on this webinar. A link with access to the captions will be shared through GoToWebinar’s chat box shortly before the webinar start time.

Presenters:
Eric Carlson, Directing Attorney, Justice in Aging
Jennifer Goldberg, Directing Attorney, Justice in Aging

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Legal Services Development

NCLER provides training and technical services to states and programs working to improve legal services development. This resource support is designed to enhance the quality, cost effectiveness, and accessibility of legal assistance and elder rights programs provided to older persons with the greatest social or economic need.

NCLER has produced a two-part webinar series exploring the key aspects of the Legal Assistance Developer (LAD) role and detailing how LADs can significantly strengthen their state’s legal delivery system. In the first webinar, Legal Assistance Developer 101 , presenters explore the LAD role, including how LADs can target legal assistance to those who need it most and how to prioritize the most critical issues for legal help. In Legal Assistance Developer 102 , the presenters take a deeper dive into the LAD’s role in developing Statewide Standards. The webinars are accompanied by an issue brief on Developing State Standards of Delivery (PDF 86kb) and an issue brief on legal Capacity Assessment (PDF 121kb).