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January 2013 Issue

Dear Elder Law Committee Members:

Welcome to the fourth issue of the committee newsletter! There is great information for everyone. Articles are provided through the links below.

Christine A. Gilsinan
Editor, Missouri Bar Elder Law Committee Newsletter

This Issue's Articles

  • Reg's Ruminations by Reg Turnbull, Chair, Elder Law Committee 

    It has been awhile since our last newsletter was issued in July 2012 when it was predicted that this year could be the hottest on record. It turned out to be the hottest year on record in most parts of the state (by Reg Turnbull)(More) 

  • Spotlight on Christine A. Gilsinan 

    The spotlight this month is on experienced Elder Law practitioner, Christine Ann Gilsinan. Born in Chicago in 1947, she grew up on the city’s northwest side (by Reg Turnbull). (More) 

  • Spotlight on Connie S. Haden 

    Our spotlight in this issue is on Connie S. Haden as our less experienced Elder Law attorney. Connie is our committee secretary and practices in the firm of Haden & Byrne, Columbia, MO (by Reg Turnbull). (More) 

  • The Senate "Fiscal Cliff" Legislation 

    The Senate passed a compromise bill, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, to avert the fiscal cliff at about 2 a.m. January 1 by an overwhelming 89-8 vote (by Reg Turnbull). (More)

  • Policy Memo Update 

    Since the last newsletter there have been several new memorandums issued by the Department of Social Services (by Jessica L. Kruse).  (More

  • Elder Law Committee Continuing Legal Education 

    Mark your calendars for interesting Missouri Bar continuing legal education on Elder Law topics. (More)

  • Medicare Updates 

    Two Medicare payment policies have received attention recently – the “improvement standard” applied to coverage of skilled services and “observation status” which refers to a patient in an acute care hospital being classified as an outpatient. The improvement standard is being improved; observation status stays the same (by Professor Barbara Gilchrist). (More)

  • National Healthcare Decisions Day

    Tuesday, April 16th marks the 6th Annual National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). The goal of National Healthcare Decisions Day is to inspire, educate and empower the public and healthcare providers about the importance of advance care planning (by Brigid Fernandez). (More)

  • Legal Helpline

    For the past three years, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has managed a federal grant to reach out to the state’s senior citizens, who have questions about the law and a possible need for the services of a lawyer (by Stephen Stark). (More)

Opinions and positions stated are those of the authors and not by fact of publication necessarily those of The Missouri Bar. The material within this publication is presented as information to be used by attorneys, in conjunction with other research deemed necessary, in the exercise of their independent judgment. Original and fully current sources of authority should be researched.

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