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OSEP Expands Enforcement of Special Education Rights

Thursday, 18 August 2011 15:09

school_suppliesIf a parent discovers a school district violated education rights after the student has ceased receiving special education services in that district, a remedy may still be available.

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Medicaid and Assisted Living

Thursday, 04 August 2011 09:28

assisted_living_photoThe number of assisted living facilities that participate in Ohio’s Medicaid program is slowly growing.  There are now twenty-eight in Cuyahoga County and eleven in the adjacent counties (excluding Summit). What those facilities offer is the ability to (1) stay in-place if you are there and run out of money to pay, or (2) avoid a nursing home admission if you have been assisted by Medicaid in the community but can no longer remain there, or (3) are on Medicaid in a nursing home but can manage in a less restrictive environment.  This is a win-win proposition - the State saves money and citizens are not prematurely forced into a nursing home.

The Ohio Department of Aging offers more information regarding providers.


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Labor Omnia Vincit. (Virgil – Latin for “Hard Work Conquers All”)

Tuesday, 02 August 2011 10:36

beachWhen I was last between jobs, back when we were between decades (heck, between millennia!) in 2000, I remember people asking me, "What’s the hurry? Why don’t you take a break? Forget the paycheck issue. Forget the health insurance issue."

All I know, all I’ve ever known, is that there are a lot of people who need help, the kind of help I know how to give, and time’s a-wastin’.

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Ohio Trust Law News

Wednesday, 13 July 2011 14:47

dollar_signOlder adults caught a break when a controversial amendment to Ohio’s trust law was removed at the last moment from the State budget bill.  The amendment would have deprived widows or widowers over 65 of the chance to set aside a little money to help take care of themselves if they needed Medicaid.  If one is in a nursing home or an assisted living facility, qualifying for Medicaid  means having less than $1,500* in assets, and only $40 - $50/month “spending money.”  Hardly enough to pay for TV or phone service, get one’s hair done, and buy a box of candy.  We look for the proposal to be introduced again, but at least it will not be buried in a 5,000-page piece of legislation.

*Figures current as of the date of the blog.


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