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1992 February

Outstationing of Medicaid Eligibility Workers Becomes Mandatory

By Jane Perkins & Glennis Gold

This article describes recent legislation that requires states to "outstation" Medicaid eligibility workers at locations other than welfare offices, HCFA's interpretation of the legislation, and states' progress in complying with the requirements.

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Energy Assistance Plans

Alternative Distribution Methods for LIHEAP Benefits Good Business, Good Government, Good Social Policy

By Roger D. Colton & Margot Saunders

This article describes the various alternatives available for the distribution of Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds. These alternatives include the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) and several actual-cost based models, such as the LIHEAP Lifeline Rate Plan, the Outlier Buy-Down Program, and the Actual Cost Crisis Program.

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Of Mice and Mail

Managing LegalAid/Net

By John Paul Kemp

This article provides an introduction to LegalAid/Net, a powerful tool that offers legal services advocates both improved legal research and access to a community of ideas and strategies.

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Sheltering Zebley Retroactive SSI Benefits in Trust

By Sterling L. Ross Jr.

As a result of the Supreme Court's decision in Sullivan v. Zebley, many disabled children will receive substantial awards of retroactive SSI benefits; this article examines the use of trusts to protect award recipients from being disqualified from continued SSI benefits, and the management of such awards

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Medicaid and the Elderly Poor—A Second Look at the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act

Transfer of Assets and Spousal Impoverishment

By Jeanne Finberg & Patricia Nemore

The Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act of 1988 and its amendments made significant changes in the Medicaid program for elderly persons. This article reexamines the spousal impoverishment and transfer of assets rules, and addresses issues of implementation and statutory construction that affect poor seniors.

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