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Asserting Choice

By Natalie Chin, Alfred J. Chiplin Jr., Kimberley Dayton & Melanie Rowen

Health care, housing, retirement and estate planning are all areas in which low-income lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults may need advocates to help them tailor the law to their particular needs: Medicare-participating long-term nursing facilities must comply with “quality-of-life” requirements, and Section 8 housing regulations can be used to secure long-term housing for LGBT partners. Advocates can help LGBT older adults arrange their affairs and name beneficiaries to reflect these older adults’ wishes and protect their partners.

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