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January 24, 2019

Nursing Home Compare

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Nursing Home Compare is an effort by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to help those in need of nursing home care and their families to find and compare nursing homes certified by Medicare and Medicaid. The website (https://www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare/search.html) contains quality of resident care and staffing information for more than 15,000 nursing homes around the country.



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December 27, 2018

Access to Assistive Technology for WV Residents with Disabilities

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West Virginia residents with disabilities, or residents with family members with disabilities, can access assistive technology via a free service available under the Center for Excellence in Disabilities at WVU.



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December 20, 2018

The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)

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Parents who have Native American heritage often have questions about the Indian Child Welfare Act and how it applies to their cases. The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) is a federal law that protects children with Native American heritage from being separated from their culture and history.



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December 13, 2018

Virginia Lemon: Pro Bono Hero

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Because we celebrated Pro Bono week recently, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank local attorney, Virginia Lemon, for all her the help she provides our clients.



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November 29, 2018

Assistance Animals (Not Pets) in Housing

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The law protecting animals that people may rely upon for support, emotional support, disability services, love, or friendship, is pretty confusing. That’s because there’s one set of rules for the “Housing” context (the Fair Housing Act), another set of rules for public places (the Americans with Disabilities Act), and the two sets of rules are VERY different.



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November 08, 2018

SNAP Community Education Meeting at the Public Library in Kingwood

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On October 10, 2018, LAWV and Catholic Charities of WV held a SNAP Community Education Meeting at the public library in Kingwood to help inform area community social agencies, churches, and food banks on the new ABAWD rules that will impact SNAP-eligible persons in Preston County.



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November 01, 2018

WV Water Contamination Settlement and Public Benefits

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Water Settlement Checks went out in mid-September. During that time, Legal Aid set-up a phone line for individuals to call to obtain information on how this check may affect their SSI (Supplemental Security Income) or DHHR Benefits, such as SNAP, WV WORKS, Medicaid, or CHIP.



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October 04, 2018

Use College Class and Vocational Training to Fulfill the SNAP Work Requirement

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If you are receiving benefits from the DHHR, you may be able to fulfill your work activity requirement taking vocational or educational classes. The program is called SNAP Education and Training program (SNAP E & T). Anyone receiving SNAP can be eligible.



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September 28, 2018

The Importance of Written Contracts

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Sometimes business owners agree to the terms of an agreement without a written contract (for example, if they make an agreement with a friend), but without a contract, enforcing the agreement if things go south can be difficult or impossible.



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September 06, 2018

How to get your Security Deposit back – things to do BEFORE and AFTER you rent

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Too often people move into a new apartment or other rental believing that they will be treated right, having faith in the landlord’s word, and not believing that they need to protect themselves. Renting a place to live is a business contract and you need to take steps to protect yourself.



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