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1998 March - April

Protecting Health, Preserving Assets

Laws Governing Conversions, Mergers, and Acquisitions Among Health Care Entities

By Natalie Seto, Kathy Collins & Bess Karger Weiskopf

When nonprofit health care corporations and insurers convert to for-profit status, billions in charitable assets are transferred into organized philanthropy. Issues about valuation and conflicts of interest remain unresolved in many states, however, and threaten a lifeline for persons who increasingly face barriers to adequate health care. Twenty-one state laws address the restructuring of nonprofit entities.

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Medicaid Advocacy and Managed Care

The Missouri Experience

By Joel Ferber

Consumer advocacy was influential in the development of Missouri's section 1115 Medicaid waiver and the implementation of Medicaid managed care. Consumer groups won important protections in the state's Medicaid waiver and managed care contracts and influenced the enrollment process and the provision of services under the state's managed care program.

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Less Than Six Degrees of Separation

Consumer Law Connections to Your Practice (Part I)

By Deanne Loonin & Elizabeth Renuart

Welfare reform and economic barriers existing long before "reform" make knowledge about consumer law issues essential for legal services advocates. Consumer law's connection to welfare law, to family and domestic violence law, and to advocates with immigrant clients is explored in this first part, its relationship with housing, health, and the elderly in a second part.

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The Potential of Child Support as an Income Source for Low-Income Families

By Paula Roberts

With the passage of the new welfare law and the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, low-income mothers, especially those in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, may benefit from increased child-support income becoming available to them. Programs to increase earning potential of low-income fathers, child-support assurance, changes in child-support distribution policies, and protections for victims of domestic violence would contribute to making child support a viable source of income.

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