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High Stakes for Legal Services Clients: Concentrating Resources on Convincing States to Adopt the New Medicaid Eligibility Category

Tuesday October 09

  • By: Clearinghouse Review
  • Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Time Zone: Central Time (US & Canada)
  • CLE Credit
  • Location:
    Webinar (Live)
  • Contact:
    Clearinghouse Review
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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) fills a gaping hole in the Medicaid program, offering eligibility to 16 million individuals with income below 138 percent of the federal poverty level, a life-changing positive development for all of them. But the Supreme Court's recent ruling, as a practical matter, has caused states to view this new Medicaid eligibility as optional. They need to be convinced to do it.

Attorneys--and not just health care experts--are urgently needed to provide their expertise and voice during this critical time when states are choosing whether to add this new Medicaid eligibility category. Legal services managers should consider re-prioritizing program resources during this critical time.

To address these challenges, the Clearinghouse Review team of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law is hosting a webinar on October 9 at 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. CST. Webinar attendees will gain an understanding of:

?The ACA's new Medicaid eligibility category and the Supreme Court's ruling on this provision;
?The enormous impact that filling this gap in Medicaid coverage can have on legal services clients--not just on their healthcare, but in many aspects of their lives and opportunities;
?Examples of practical advocacy strategies that legal services attorneys (in all types of programs) can engage in to ensure that their state implements this new Medicaid eligibility category; and
?Available resources to make this happen, including next steps.
Panelists for the webinar include: Jane Perkins, of the National Health Law Program; Gordon Bonnyman, of the Tennessee Justice Center; Betsy Havens, of Florida Legal Services and John Bouman, of the Shriver Center.

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Gordon Bonnyman
Executive Director
Tennessee Justice Center

Jane Perkins
Legal Director
National Health Law Program

Betsy Havens
Attorney and Equal Justice Works Fellow
Florida Legal Services

Webinar hosted by Clearinghouse Review
October 9, 2012
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. CDT

  • CLE Credit Comments: Please check with the OBA MCLE Commission to see if this webinar has been approved for CLE Credit

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