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1990 April

Loan Forgiveness Report Highlights Problems of Educational Debt

By Lynn Bortolan

A recent survey conducted by NLADA and the National Association for Public Interest Law reveals that many public interest legal employers confront both recruitment and retention problems that they attribute to recent law graduates' staggering debt burdens.

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Delivering Legal Services with Computer-Based Practice Systems

By Marc Lauritsen

New kinds of computer programs just now coming into wide use in the legal profession directly support the substantive practice of law; these include what are variously called "practice systems," "substantive systems," "intelligent document assembly systems," or even expert systems.

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Developments in OBRA-87 Nursing Home Sanctions Requirements

By The National Senior Citizens Law Center

October 1, 1989, marked the deadline for state compliance with OBRA-87 nursing home requirements for intermediate sanctions; this column discusses issues related to state intermediate sanctions, with a look at several recent HCFA issuances bearing on the subject.

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A Short Review of Past Poverty Law Advocacy

By Alan W. Houseman

This article, part one of a two-part article on poverty law developments and options for the 1990s, provides a brief review of major trends in poverty law advocacy from the inception of legal aid to the present, in an effort to put in context and set the framework for a discussion of several critical trends in advocacy likely to occur in the coming decade.

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Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1989

Legislative Changes in Medicaid

By Esther Koblenz, Michele Melden & Jane Perkins

This article highlights and discusses OBRA-89 Medicaid provisions that will benefit low-income clients, including expanded eligibility for children and pregnant women, adequate Medicaid provider rates, the Medicare buy-in and limitations on charges for Medicaid-eligible Medicare beneficiaries, and nursing home reform.

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