LEGAL HELP FOR OLDER AMERICANS
Washington, DC - The nation's older citizens often have unique legal problems, particularly those involving government benefit programs such as Social Security retirement and disability, Supplemental Security Income, Medicare and Medicaid.
For the past 10 years, the non-profit Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) project, sponsored by the AARP, has handled thousands of such cases. LCE attorneys and lay advocates have developed a number of useful manuals and handbooks based upon their collective experience. These publications are now being made available to interested persons at minimal cost.
Offerings range from a simple checklist ($2.95), which an individual can use to determine eligibility for various benefit programs to a two- volume reference manual on "Elderly Law" ($35), which includes a 106-page supplement updated through 1983.
A number of "how-to" books are also available: for example, someone interested in starting a legal advocacy project can learn how to create, manage and raise funds for such a program.
For a free listing of LCE publications, write to: Legal Counsel for the Elderly, P.O. Box 19269-K, Wash ington, DC. 20036.
RESEARCH CENTER FORMED
Rockville, MD - HHS Secretary Margaret M. Heckler today announced the establishment of a new Center for Nursing Research in the U.S. Public Health Service.
The center's programs will enlarge the body of scientific knowledge that underlies nursing practice, nursing services administration, and nursing education.
Secretary Heckler said, "The center will provide national leadership for both nursing research and development of nurse scientists, and it will ensure close coordination between research and other federal programs in nursing education and practice."
The center will be located in the Division of Nursing, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration. The National Advisory Council on Nursing Training will provide overall policy direction for the center's activities and make recommendations to the Secretary regarding support of projects.
Ine center will be concerned initially with extramural research and investigator development. Provision will also be made for potential future development of an intramural research program.
BUDGET CUTS WON'T HEAL
Washington, DC - President Reagan has submitted to Congress the $973.7 billion FY86 budget which includes $330.3 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Sharp reductions are proposed in Medicare, Medicaid and discretionary health programs. In FY86, Medicare would be reduced by $4.2 billion; Medicaid would be cut by $1 billion, and funding for the Nurse Training Act, health planning, National Institute of Mental Health clinical training programs and the Community Services Block Grant would be eliminated.
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NAHONAL NURSE PRACTTTIONER COALITION PLANNED
Kansas City, MO - Six national nursing groups will begin a precedentsetting partnership with the 1985 National Nurse Practitioner Forum, "Coalition for Practice: Future Markets, Future Models. " This will be held May 3-5, 1985 at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago.
Co-sponsoring groups presenting this forum are American Nurses' Association Council of Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioners; Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Associates Programs, Inc.; National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Family Planning; National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners; National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties; and Nurses' Association of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Participation in this conference will provide registrants the opportunity to describe issues of common interest to nurse practitioners, to identify problem-solving strategies, to discuss activities that nurse practitioners can engage in to promote their role in the delivery of health care, and to outline a plan for formation of a coalition of nurse practitioner organizations.
Other topics to be included on the forum agenda are: professional/legal regulation, prospective payment, image marketing, political influence, and diagnostic classification.
For more information about the conference call toll-free (800) 821-5834 or write Marketing, American Nurses' Association, 2420 Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64108.