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Special Needs and Elder Law Attorneys

Count on the Minnesota Elder Law Attorneys for Guidance, Planning and Answers

At Long, Reher, Hanson & Price we’re focused on the areas of special needs and elder law, primarily representing the aging and those living with disabilities. Our uniquely qualified and experienced attorneys act as personal advocates, skillfully guiding clients through the complex and often confusing maze of legal issues surrounding government programs (including Medical Assistance and Veterans Benefits), estate planning, gifting and asset protection, nursing home and home health care planning, long-term care and more. Many people refer to our firm’s attorneys as Elder Law or Elder Care Attorneys.

Federal Court Orders Appeal Rights on “Observation Status” Issue for Certain Medicare Hospital Patients

“The Court heard the voices of our clients, who represent the thousands of Medicare beneficiaries faced with the baffling observation issue – when they are already dealing with a hospitalization for significant illnesses and injuries. Fairness and due process require that they have an opportunity to appeal their hospital observation status to Medicare, just as they can for most other issues affecting their Medicare coverage.”

On March 24, 2020, a federal court issued a decision in a nationwide class action, Alexander v. Azar, finding that certain Medicare beneficiaries who are placed on “observation status” at hospitals, rather than being admitted as “inpatients,” have the right to appeal to Medicare to challenge that status. If you are a Medicare beneficiary who received “observation services” in a hospital since January 1, 2009 and either did not have Medicare Part B, or, you were hospitalized for at least three consecutive days but not three days as an inpatient, you may be a member of the class. No action is required to join the class. To read more on this topic and for future updates go to:

> See our new Alerts and Legislative Changes page, or visit our Blog, for ongoing legislative and policy updates that affect you and your loved ones.

Elder Law Section Hall of Fame Inductees

Attorneys Cathryn D. Reher and Laura Zdychnec were both inducted into the Elder Law Section Hall of Fame at the annual 2019 Elder Law Institute held on October 10-11, 2019. This award is a special honor extended by the Elder Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association to elder law attorneys whose cumulative efforts have had a positive impact on the elderly, the practice of elder law, and its laws and policies. We feel honored to have two members of our firm recognized this year.

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Congratulations to Laura Zdychnec, Laurie Hanson, Cathryn Reher and Mary Frances Price for their 2019 recognition as Super Lawyers! Super Lawyer selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area. Only the top 5 percent of attorneys in Minnesota are included in the annual Super Lawyers list. We are honored to receive this recognition from our peers.

Laura, Laurie and Cathryn are also listed among The Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota within the April, 2019 issue of MplsStPaul Magazine.

In addition, Laura Zdychnec was named in the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Minnesota.

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Group/Public Speaking

Knowledge is power!

We believe the best way to prepare for the future is to be equipped with information today. At Long, Reher, Hanson & Price we’d like to come speak to your group or organization about Elder Care issues you face now or may encounter in the future.

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In the News

Attorney Cathryn Reher is interviewed by WCCO radio for aired segment and article: “Why you shouldn’t wait for a crisis to start planning with aging parents.”

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Attorney Laura Zdychnec appears on KSTP on February 7, 2020, addressing issues related to elder abuse and exploitation.

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Attorney Laurie Hanson added to the 2019-2020 Special Needs Alliance Board of Directors.

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Attorney Mary Frances Price appears in KARE 11’s story, “Making the best care decisions for aging parents.”

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Attorney Cathryn Reher appears on KARE 11’s “Sandwich Generation” in a segment on elder law.

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Attorney Laurie Hanson featured in an August 2017 Super Lawyers magazine article titled “House of Hanson.”

Attorney Laurie Hanson provides source expertise for special needs planning article written by RBC Wealth Management.

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Attorney Laura Zdychnec quoted in Star Tribune article, “The Real Financial Costs of Caregiving.”

Attorney Mary Frances Price quoted in an article by The Mighty, “Medicaid Is Keeping People With Disabilities From Getting Married.”

Long, Reher, Hanson & Price Attorneys

The Minneapolis Elder Law Attorneys and staff at Long, Reher, Hanson & Price are dedicated to serving our clients in the area of Elder Law. Our lawyers are incredibly skilled in their area of expertise, with years of experience in Elder Law.

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