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Legal Issues, including Patient Advocacy

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Elder Law Attorneys National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Members specialize in the needs of older adults, such as public benefits, probate and estate planning, guardianship and conservatorship, and health and long-term care planning. While primarily for members, their Web site includes some information for consumers and a search function (just below their logo in the upper left corner) to find the nearest elder law attorneys.
 
Elder Law Attorneys National Long Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center
An Ombudsman is an advocate for residents of nursing homes, board and care homes, and assisted living facilities. Ombudsmen provide information about how to find a facility and what to do to get quality care. They are trained to resolve problems. If you want, the ombudsman can assist you with complaints on a confidential basis.Under the federal Older Americans Act, every state is required to have an Ombudsman Program that addresses complaints and advocates for improvements in the long term care system. To find the ombudsman nearest you, click on the Go button above and select your state from the national map.
 
Elder Law Answers Elder Law Answers
Created by a nationwide network of more than 500 leading elder law firms, ElderLawAnswers.com provides consumers with clear information on legal issues facing seniors. Consumers can search for attorneys by state or by telephone area code. The site includes information about Medicaid, Medicare, estate planning and long-term care planning. Handy tools include calculators and checklists on decisions seniors and their families must make, including buying long-term care insurance and choosing a nursing home.
 
Patient Advocate Foundation Patient Advocate Foundation
This non-profit organization helps patients negotiate with insurance companies, HMOs and Medicare to resolve coverage and benefit problems, including seniors who need help getting reimbursement from Medicare for prescription drugs. It also offers a national legal resources network that provides legal consulting and referral services for patients who are denied insurance coverage or who need negotiating support with state and federal public assistance programs, including Medicaid. Note: This is a popular Web site; as a result, it sometimes loads very slowly.
 
Nursing Home Abuse Resource Nursing Home Abuse Resource
Nursing Home Abuse Resource is an informational site which offers resources for elders and their family members concerning abuse and neglect at nursing homes. Information is offered on many symptoms of neglect and the resulting ailments that can arise from faulty care. Through this site, seniors and family members are able to contact lawyers in their area to learn more about their rights and decide whether they should seek legal action.
 
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