How the undocumented are treated in federal prisons A commentary at The Marshall Project
claims that undocumented immigrants in the federal prison system aren't given the same "work and self-improvement opportunities" offered to citizens. Jacob Shuman says, "The truth is that the BOP discriminates against undocumented people by denying them access to essential drug counseling and job training in prison." Shuman also says it's time for the Bureau of Prisons to reform the exclusionary policies, which he calls "both ineffective and inhumane." Read more of Shuman's commentary here. 7 tips for avoiding estate fights
When drawing up wills and other estate planning documents, don't forget about the person's personal property, advises estate planner John J. Scroggin. According to CNBC,
"The single biggest point of conflict among family members is not the million dollars over here," said Scroggin, who is an accredited estate planner and a partner with the Roswell, Georgia-based law firm Scroggin & Co. "It's the yellow Tweety Bird [figurine] that sat in mom's kitchen for 40 years." Scroggin offers seven tips to avoid some of the biggest mistakes in estate planning in this story at CNBC.‘Dreamer’ application deadline Thursday
After the Trump administration ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in March, it said it would continue to process pending and renewal applications received through Thursday, October 4, according to the Los Angeles Times.
With that deadline looming, law firms and legal clinics are scrambling to submit paperwork before time runs out. "We basically are in emergency mode," said Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights. Meanwhile, attorneys are warning their 'dreamer' clients to prepare for worst case scenarios. The 'dreamer' program was created by President Obama in 2012 to allow young immigrants brought to the US illegally to secure work permits and temporary reprieves from deportation. Liability Medicare Set Asides (LMSAs): October is here! Now what?
By B. Josh Pettingill, MBA, MS, MSCC & Jason D. Lazarus, J.D., LL.M., MSCC
The debate regarding addressing Medicare’s future interest in liability settlements is filled with nuance and subtleties. An essential step in understanding the big picture is starting with the genesis of set asides, the Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Statute. Although, the finer points of this issue may leave room for interpretation, the MSP is express and clear. It precludes Medicare from paying for any item or service when payment has been made by a liability insurance policy, self-insured or no fault plan.
The debate is limited to the fashion in which we address a statue that has not been enforced up until this point as it relates to payments made by Medicare after settlement. The fact that a law has not been enforced in this way in the past does not mean it is irrelevant, especially when recent steps by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) begin to do just that. This article will examine the form, function and attempts at regulation surrounding set asides in liability cases.
A Medicare Set Aside (MSA) is currently not required by any regulation or statute, even in workers’ compensation cases. However, an MSA, according to CMS, is Medicare’s preferred method for protecting its future interests when the settlement funds future medical care. Starting October 1st, CMS is purportedly going to deny making payments for accident related care post-settlement of a liability or no-fault claim on the basis they should be paid for out of an MSA...
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