Sponsored by the prominent non-profit, West Virginia Senior Legal Aid, Aging & Law in West Virginia features legal advice and commentary applicable to needy elders throughout the state. This blog is mainly authored by WVSLA executive director, Cathy McConnell.
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As part of National Consumer Protection Week, the Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Marilyn Tavenner, announced the redesign of the statement that informs Medicare beneficiaries about their claims for Medicare services and benefits. The redesigned...
The West Virginia End of Life Center www.wvendoflife.org has announced that its e-registry of advance medical directives will be operational at the end of this month. Dr. Alvin Moss, the Center's project director reports that they are in the process of entering 6,000 medical powers of attorney,...
For Charleston area grandparents raising grandchildren with disabilities, there actually is such a thing as a free lunch! Check out this workshop offered by Mission WV on March 16. To register or ask questions call Laura Lou Harbert at Mission WV at 1-866-225-5698 or email her at lharbert at...
After the 3rd reading the West Virginia House of Delegates voted unanimously to pass the Uniform Power of Attorney Act (HB 4390). Now it moves to the Senate. The Uniform Power of Attorney Act (UPOAA)is a substantial reform to our current power of attorney law. Powers of Attorney in West Virginia...
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced a bill on 1/26/12 to reauthorize the Older Americans Act (OAA). The bill, S. 2037, is the first bill in either house of Congress proposing reauthorization this cycle. The Act is typically reauthorized for 5 years, then the reauthorization process begins,...
A notice from AARP Foundation: A Critical Conversation: Positioning Older Workers for Hourly Wage Jobs in Demand Join us on Thursday, February 2, 2012 For a Webcast 8:30 a.m.- 12 noon EST Registration is Required. (See Below) Right now, four million older Americans are either unemployed or not...
This year the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug open enrollment period starts and ends early, and is one week longer than it has been since it began in 2006. Open enrollment in 2011 is from October 15 through December 7 and your new plan election coverage will begin January 1, 2012. Open...
HIV/AIDS may not seem like an issue for older West Virginians to worry about. But it is. According to the most recent CDC data, people over the age of 50 accounted for: • 17 percent of new HIV diagnoses in 40 states with long-term confidential name-based reporting; and • 31 percent of persons...
The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on 11/29/11 that Medicare is adding coverage for preventive services to reduce obesity. This adds to Medicare’s existing portfolio of preventive services that are now available without cost sharing under the Affordable Care...
West Virginia Attorney General Darryl McGraw announced a settlement yesterday in his 2010 litigation against credit card giant Capital One. Capital One agrees to provide $3 million in debt forgiveness to West Virginia consumers, $9.5 million to the State of West Virginia to be used for financial...