Tuesday, July 24, 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS: AALS Section on Aging and the Law and the AALS Section on Trusts and Estates – “Trusts and Estates and an Aging Population: What We Need to Know and Teach” – 2013 AALS Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA – January 5, 2013. Submit papers electronically to Professor Barry Kozak (6kozak@jmls.edu) – Deadline is Tuesday, September 4, 2012. See attached information.

Member News: Peer and Sarah Pedersen Professor of Law Richard Kaplan, University of Illinois published “Top Ten Myths of Medicare” – the Elder Law Journal, vol. 20, no. 1 (2012) – available at: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2111535

1. What the Health Care Ruling Means for Medicare: http://www.globalaging.org/health/us/2012/What%20the%20Health%20Care%20Ruling%20Means%20for%20Medicare.html

2. The High Price of Loneliness: http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/18/the-high-price-of-loneliness/

3. Women With Older Partners More Often Admitted to Nursing Homes: http://healthyliving.msn.com/health-wellness/aging/women-with-older-partners-more-often-admitted-to-nursing-homes-1

4. Thaw At Brain Bank Deals Setback to Autism Research: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/06/11/154775287/thaw-at-brain-bank-deals-setback-to-autism-research?ps=sh_sthdl

5. Consensual Sex in Elderly Care Homes: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/247036.php

6. The Aging Brain: Why Getting Older Just Might Be Awesome: http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/19/health/enayati-aging-brain-innovation/index.html?hpt=he_t4

7. An Alzheimer’s Gene: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/10/magazine/an-alzheimers-gene-one-familys-saga.html?_r=2

8. A Bank’s Proper Role: http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/13/a-banks-proper-role/

9. Alzheimer’s Patients Turn to Stories Instead of Memories: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/05/14/152442084/alzheimers-patients-turn-to-stories-instead-of-memories?ps=cprs

10. Millions Now Manage Aging Parents’ Care From Afar: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46150872/ns/health-aging/#.T_U4cI76SeF

11. Aging: A Collective Response: http://www.globalaging.org/elderrights/us/2012/Aging%20A%20Collective%20Response.html

12. FDA Panel Favors Pfizer’s New Arthritis Drug: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47361155/ns/health-aging/#.T_U7VY76SeF

13. Massachusetts “Death With Dignity” Initiative to be on November Ballot: http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Massachusetts_%22Death_with_Dignity%22_Initiative_(2012)

14. State Bar of Michigan, Elder Law and Disability Rights Section – 17th Annual Fall Conference “Lost in Translation:” http://www.michbar.org/elderlaw/pdfs/fallReg.pdf

 15. Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act: http://www.uniformlaws.org/Act.aspx?title=Adult%20Guardianship%20and%20Protective%20Proceedings%20Jurisdiction%20Act

Ann Murphy


Gonzaga University School of Law

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Richard Kaplan on Medicare..

Richard Kaplan (Illinois) has published an article entitled “Top Ten Myths of Medicare,” which has just appeared in The Elder Law Journal, vol. 20, no. 1 (2012).  Full text is available at: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=211153

It's a must-read, IMHO.


In the context of changing demographics, the increasing cost of health care services, and continuing federal budgetary pressures, Medicare has become one of the most controversial federal programs. To facilitate an informed debate about the future of this important public initiative, this article examines and debunks the following ten myths surrounding Medicare: (1) there is one Medicare program, (2) Medicare is going bankrupt, (3) Medicare is government health care, (4) Medicare covers all medical cost for its beneficiaries, (5) Medicare pays for long-term care expenses, (6) the program is immune to budgetary reduction, (7) it wastes much of its money on futile care, (8) Medicare is less efficient than private health insurance, (9) Medicare is not means-tested, and (10) increased longevity will sink Medicare.

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