Non-Lawyers Zinged for Medicaid Advice
Florida's Supreme Court is criticizing insurance agents and others trying to help families of nursing home residents apply for Medicaid assistance, the News Service of Florida reports. A Florida Bar committee asked the court to rule on what it calls an unlicensed practice of law, while critics say the Bar is too broadly defining the role of Medicaid planners, the News Service reports.
The Florida Supreme Court issued a ruling Thursday that took aim at non-lawyers who are paid to help people get Medicaid benefits -- including seniors who need Medicaid coverage for nursing-home care. The Supreme Court approved a proposal that said some of the services provided by so-called Medicaid planners constitute the improper "unlicensed practice of law."