Hickman & Lowder Weblog
Friday, 28 February 2014 10:53
A recent conversation with a client about the polar vortex made me stop and think. I found myself worrying about people who are stuck in their house because they can’t get out of their driveway or because they are afraid they may slip and fall on the ice. I mean, how would they get to the grocery store or to the drug store if they weren’t able to leave the house? The idea that some stores may still do home deliveries came to me. So, my suggestions are:
Thursday, 27 February 2014 14:42
Ha! I’ll bet when you saw the title of this article that you thought it was going to be about husbands and wives and wedding vows and, well, you know…marriage. This is not a commentary about that kind of marriage. But, if I’ve got your attention, read on. You’ll get to the marriage part eventually…
I wish I had a dollar for every time someone asked me, “What’s a social worker doing in a law firm?” To be honest, it was just that question that led me to my first job interview with Hickman & Lowder nearly four and a half years ago.
I remember when Jill Fowler, our Director of Administration, phoned me as a follow up after I forwarded my resume to her. It had been several weeks or more since she had received my information and I was a bit surprised by her call – it was long enough that I thought that someone else had been hired. Once Jill and I exchanged information about the nature of the call, the conversation went pretty much like this:
Jill: “Are you still interested in the job at Hickman & Lowder?”
Me: “Well, I’m not really interested. I’m more curious than interested.” (Probably not the best ‘first impression’ response when one wants to be considered for a new job…)
Jill: “Are you curious enough to come in for an interview?”
And that I was.
The above conversation initiated a series of interviews that led to my being hired as the Firm’s very first Care Coordinator and also marked the beginning of an uncommon union, the marriage of law and social work.
Friday, 24 January 2014 11:22
The Affordable Care Act, as implemented in Ohio, requires covered health plans to pay for up to 20 hours per week of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) or other comparable evidentiary based services. This is an extraordinary advance for families with children with autism. While the implications and implementation of this directive are not fully realized at this point, the following provides some guidance based on information available to date.
The Affordable Care Act requires states to ensure that covered plans include specified Essential Health Benefits (EHB). EHBs are listed at 45 CFR 156.110 and include rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices. “Habilitative Services” are not defined in the Federal rules; states have discretion to define services to be included in this category. 45 CFR 156.110(f).
On December 26, 2012, Governor Kasich confirmed that Ohio was exercising its authority to define habilitative services to include certain services, including:
(a) Clinical Therapeutic Intervention defined as therapies supported by empirical evidence, which include, but are not limited to, Applied Behavioral Analysis provided by or under the supervision of a professional who is licensed, certified, or registered by an appropriate agency of this state to perform the services in accordance with a treatment plan, 20 hours per week.
What the Changes Mean (So Far)
Thursday, 19 December 2013 09:18
Many Ohioans can now obtain health insurance beginning January 1, 2014, through the expanded Medicaid program. In the past, one had to be disabled and have both limited income and assets to qualify for Medicaid. The expanded program is entirely income-based; it removes the disability requirement, and disregards an individual’s assets.
To be eligible for coverage, one must:
- Medicare and the Affordable Care Act: Separating Rumor from Reality
- Remedies Available to Persons Disenrolled from the Home Care Waiver
- Universal Design: A Guide to Becoming Master of the Universe!
- New Bullying Prevention Directives from OSERS
- Those Tiger Moms
- Pursuing an Appeal When Public Benefits are Denied
- Digital Assets (Other Than Fingers and Toes)
- The Face of the Future?
- Children with Disabilities Have a Right to FAPE During Teacher Strikes
- Improvement Standard is No More
- Access to Sports for Children with Disabilities
- Recognizing Excellence
- Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits
- My Visit to the Cleveland Sight Center
- If You Shake Pandora’s Box Hard Enough, Hope Might Fly Out, Too, Eventually
- Transferring the Transition Waiver
- Be the Fuel … Or Be the Generator (It Doesn’t Really Matter Which)
- November is National Family Caregivers Month
- My Experience at the Ohio SIBS Conference
- Social Security Field Offices Changing Hours of Operation
- Special Needs Trusts: To Spend or Not to Spend?
- Are You a Person with a Disability?
- How to Keep from Navel-Gazing: The Value of Donating Your Time
- Issues for Unmarried Partners
- How to Create Meaning in Your Life
- "Social Security's Disability Program is Hurting"
- Changes Ahead for "Dual Eligibles"
- Medicaid for Long-Term Nursing Home Care
- Choosing an Assisted Living Facility that is Right for Your Loved One
- A Mother's Day Tribute
- National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week
- 'Cookie-Cutter' Estate Plans
- What's Going on at Red Treehouse
- Power of Attorney
- Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
- Sensory-Friendly Films
- Social Security Disability News
- But...Hey! I Wash My Face First!
- The Family Home: Is it in Jeopardy if I Turn to Medicaid for Help?
- Exercise Caution with Joint Accounts
- "Hope I Die Before I Get Old"
- Mediation Services
- Military Separation Papers
- Identifying a Care Provider for Your Loved One
- Too Much Stuff, Too Little Space
- OSEP Expands Enforcement of Special Education Rights
- Medicaid and Assisted Living
- Labor Omnia Vincit. (Virgil – Latin for “Hard Work Conquers All”)
- Ohio Trust Law News
- What is a Certified Elder Law Attorney and Why Does it Matter?
- Is Preparing Your Will Worse Than a Root Canal?
- CMS Approves Individual Option Waiver Amendment
- Gifts Ideas for Elders in Care Facilities
- U.S. Savings Bonds Options Upon Death
- The White House Monthly Disability Call
- The Beauty of Winter
- Making the Most of Your Doctor's Visit
- Federal Education Law Protects Gifted Students with Disabilities
- Health Care Reform and Families with Special Needs
- Monitoring Technology & Elder Care
- The Usual Bus Stop
- Veterans Benefits Factoid #2
- Choosing the Right Care for an Elder
- "Bereavement Exclusion" Exclusion
- Successfully Appealing Medicaid Waiver Service Reductions
- Ohio High Risk Pool
- ADA 20th Anniversary
- Home Health Care Workers
- Direct Deposit for Social Security Checks
- Respectful Disability Language
- Preparing for an Emergency
- Veterans Benefits Factoid #1
- The Doughnut Hole
- Computer Classes for Older Adults
- Summer Reading
- Thank You, Paralegals!
- Happy Mother's Day
- Children's Tylenol Recall
- Foreclosure Assistance
- National Volunteer Week
- Thank You, Administrative Professionals!
- A Vacation Destination for Families with Special Needs
- New Online Medicare Application
- Health Care Reform Legislation
- Voided Puerto Rican Birth Certificates
- A Chance Meeting
- Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
- Cleveland Hearing Office Backlog One of the Most Painful Nationwide
- Census 2010 - You Count
- Taxpayers with Disabilities
- Services for Older Adults
- Hickman & Lowder is Going Green
- Self-Advocacy by Children with Disabilities
- Upcoming COPAA Events
- "When You're Your Mother's Keeper"
- Discounted and Free Telephone Service
- Charity vs. Donor
- Utility Assistance
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