The M&B Weekly 25th Staff Photo with Cake

September 5, 2012
Jane Dobisz

In this issue...
Governor's Council Race Heats Up
Medicare's Observation Policy Comes Under Scrutiny
Walk to End Alzeimers
Inheritance Rights of Adopted Children

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Governor's Council Race Heats Up


With less than one day left until the   

Democratic Primary on September 6th  

(that's right, this Thursday), the Governor's Council race is on it's last stretch.  


Managing Partner Harry S. Margolis is running for a seat in the Third District, which covers 32 towns and cities more or less northwest of Boston. 


Click on the following links to learn more about the race:


Article in The Boston Globe


Article in The Newton Tab


Harry's campaign website


List of towns and cities in the district  


Every vote matters so take a moment out of your day and find the voting poll closest to you by clicking here.


We hope to see you there!

Medicare's Observation Policy Comes Under Scrutiny


Medicare is launching a pilot program to determine whether relaxing its payment rules can help patients who require nursing home care after a hospital stay and then are charged thousands of dollars. Seniors are often unexpectedly required to pay for nursing home care because they were considered to be under "observation" in the hospital, rather than an inpatient. According to an article in the Washington Post, the new program may make it easier for hospitals to label patients as inpatients.


 Click here to read more on this article.

Walk to End Alzheimers

The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research.  Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. Together, we can end Alzheimer's disease, the nation's sixth-leading cause of death.

Click here to learn more and to register.


Inheritance Rights of Adopted Children
There's a "new" law on the books that 

affects adopted children. In 1958, G.L. ch. 210 8 ("Section 8") was enacted, which reversed the previous presumption that adopted descendants were not legal heirs and had no right to inherit. The law inferred that it would be applicable going forward. In 2009, Section 8 was amended to make it retroactive for all wills and trusts, regardless of when executed. The legislative intent of retroactivity was supported by fairness and equal treatment for all children, whether adopted or biological. It brought legally adopted children to a level playing field with biological children regarding inheritance rights.


Click here to read more on attorney Nikki Marie Oliveira's article.


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         Compliments of Magdalena Lorenzo


The Green Bronx Machine ~

Stephen Ritz, a teacher in the South Bronx, is teaching his students how to grow lush gardens for food, greenery and jobs.  Most of these children live in poverty, are in foster care or have some tomato handicap.  Since taking this green initiative they have gone from 40% attendance to 90% attendance and these students have learned valuable life lessons.

Take a few moments to be inspired and watch Stephen Ritz's presentation on TED.