The M&B Weekly memorial day
May 29, 2012 
Jane Dobisz
In this issue...
Katie Beckett Passes Away
Fully Updated Mass Practice Elder Law Treatise Just Released
BIA-MA Urges Full Funding of Head Injury Trust Fund
Learn About Benefits of Arts-Based Therapies


 Supreme Court Denies Social Security Benefits to Twins Conceived After Death of Dad    





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Katie Beckett Passes AwayKatie Beckett

Katie Beckett, after whom the Medicaid waiver permitting funds to be used to allow children with high care needs to stay at home, passed away in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, earlier this month.  She was 34 years old.

Ms. Beckett contracted viral encephalitis when she was five months old in 1978 and as a result needed a respirator for 12 hours a day for the rest of her life.  After three and half years of hospitalization, Congress passed the waiver that since then has permitted more than $1 million people to receive care at home.  The waiver was championed by Republican Congressman Tom Tauke of Dubuque. 

Click here to read more from Eastern Iowa News.  For the NY Times Article click here.

Fully-Updated Mass Practice Elder Law Treatise Just Released

West Publishing has just released
the fully updated 2012 edition of Massachusetts Practice Elder Law.  This treatise has been authored by Margolis & Bloom partners, Jeffrey A. Bloom and Harry S.Margolis, and was first published in 2008.  It incorporates new forms, planning strategies, and substantive law changes, including the MUPC.  It also includes updated figures related to taxes, Social Security, Medicare, MassHealth, and Veterans Benefits. 

Please click here for more information.
BIAMassachusets Brain Injury Association Urges Full Funding of Trust Fund
The Head Injury Treatment Services Trust Fund is projected to lose $761,000 due to a low collection rate of dedicated fees from the courts.  If the Senate does not pass Amendment #4, 150 people will lose brain injury services on July 1st. 


The Massachusetts Brain Injury Association is urging constituents to contact their state senators and ask them to support Amendment #4 to increase the HITS Trust Fund to 75%. The HITS Trust Fund pays for:

  1. Regional Head Injury Centers
  2. Day Services
  3. Substance Abuse Treatment
  4. Social Recreation Programs (Support Groups)
  5. Community Supports
  6. Clinical Services
Your calls and emails will make a difference. 
Learn About the Impact of Arts-Based Therapies on Aging and Chronic Disease Management  


Join Nancy Mazonson, Director of the Parkinson's Family Support Program, as she discusses the broader implications and outcomes of arts-based interventions for those suffering from chronic diseases:
  • Fewer over-the-counter medications
  • Improved self-rated physical health
  • Decreased occurrence of falls
  • Fewer doctor's visits
  • Less loneliness
  • Better morale

Research shows older people who actively learn and participate in the arts experience improved physical health, an enhanced sense of well being, improved quality of life, a reduction of the risk factors that can lead to the need for long-term care.  


The program will take place at the Providence House located on 180 Corey Road, Brighton, on Thursday, June 14th from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.  Social workers and nurses will receive 1 CEU credit for attending.  


Call (617) 734-3648, ext. 400, or e-mail to register   


(617) 267-9700




             Compliments of Magdalena Lorenzo


The Petaluma Health Care Center in California has taken their lawn in a new direction by providing patients with a hands on approach to their health care by transforming the lawn into an edible and educational landscape.  By encouraging patients to learn where their food comes from, to grow their own, and to get acquainted with eco tipfresh produce, these doctors are making big steps toward actual health care (as opposed to just treating diseases).  


To learn more and to view the video, please visit