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MPLP Newsletter - Winter 2006

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Issue 31 Summer 2006



Table of Contents

Elder Law

Family Law

Housing Law

Public Benefits Law




MPLP 2006 Events

MPLP 2006 Taskforces

MPLP Welcomes Benefo Ofosu Benefo!


S P E C I A L . F E A T U R E

ICAN!-EIC Tops $1 Million in Returns by Steve Gray, MPLP Technology Outreach Attorney

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E L D E R  L A W - Articles by Alison Hirschel, MPLP Elder Law Attorney

Governor’s FY ‘07 Budget Proposal Contains No Harmful Medicaid Cuts and Increases for Approximately Half the State’s Home Help Workers On February 9, Governor Granholm released her budget proposal for FY ‘07. Although there are numerous small adjustments to the Department of Community Health’s $11 billion budget, the proposal contains no harmful cuts for Medicaid beneficiaries. Moreover, the Governor proposes to increase payments to Home Help workers by $20 million...

Governor Proposed Michigan First Healthcare Plan to Provide Health Insurance to Half the State's Uninsured Population Governor Granholm recently announced her administration is developing a proposal to provide health insurance to approximately 550,000 Michiganians, about half of the state's uninsured population. The program will be targeted at uninsured individuals at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.


MDCH Promotes Transitions from Nursing Homes to the MiChoice Program In an effort to expand access to the MiChoice program for residents of nursing homes, the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) has provided the potential for additional funding to waiver agents who transition residents. Under the new plan, MDCH will pay reasonable, directly-related transition costs for Medicaid beneficiaries who transition out of facilities and will provide funding for a new "slot" for individuals leaving nursing homes...

State and Legislature Move Forward in Creation of Single Points of Entry for Medicaid Funded Long Term Care and in Implementing other Recommendations of the Long Term Care Task Force Both the Granholm administration and the legislature are moving forward in efforts to create single points of entry (SPES) for Medicaid funded long term care. The Governor’s Task Force on Medicaid Long Term Care recommended last year that the state develop regional single points of entry in three areas of the state by this summer and across the whole state within three years.

The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 and Medicaid Eligibility for Long Term Care by D. Chalgian & A. Tripp Following extremely close votes in both the U.S. House and Senate, the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (the "DRA") became law February 8, 2006. The DRA makes significant changes to some of the rules that apply when people seek Medicaid assistance in the nursing home and through the Home and Community Based Waiver Program.

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F A M I L Y   L A W - Articles by Rebecca Shiemke , MPLP Family Law Attorney

Family to Family Initiative Changes Child Welfare Decisions In 2000, citing the disastrous condition of the Michigan Foster Care system, particularly in communities of color, Michigan through the Department of Human Services (DHS) received money from the Annie E. Casey Foundation to pilot the Family to Family initiative.

Recent Family Law Decisions

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H O U S I N G   L A W - Articles by Jim Schaafsma, MPLP Housing Attorney

HUD Appropriations Act Limits Section 8 Eligibility for Some College Students Last week someone asked me about limitations on college student eligibility for HUD rental housing assistance. The recently enacted FY2006 HUD appropriations bill contains a provision which restricts eligibility for Section 8 housing for some members of this population.

Housing-related provisions of the Reauthorized VAWA
On January 5, President Bush signed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (H.R. 3402) It contains several housing related provisions that, among other positive steps, provide additional protection for "victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking" (hereinafter, "dv survivors") living in or seeking admission to HUD assisted housing.

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P U B L I C . B E N E F I T S . L A W Articles by Lisa Ruby, MPLP Public Benefits Law Attorney

Fleeing Felon Update In 1996, Congress adopted fugitive felon provisions as part of a comprehensive welfare overhaul to ensure that public funds are not employed to fuel a fugitive’s escape from the law. Subsequently, the SSA incorporated the provision into its administrative bylaws with language that suspends the SSI benefits of disabled individuals who have warrants out for their arrest and are fleeing to avoid prosecution.

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T E C H N O L O G Y Articles by Benefo Ofosu Benefo II, MPLP Technology Coordinator

Information Technology Marketing: A Skeptic’s Response The incessant aspiration that motivates us to purchase items, services and merchandise is the very same characteristic most readily identified by both charlatans and marketing executives alike. Business consumers are not merely prey to the product manager; they are, in theory, the weaker component of a symbiotic relationship.