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Amended Regulations for Federal Student Aid Distribution

New regulations for how federal student aid or title IV funds are distributed to students effective July 1,2016. Notable changes include access to surcharge-free ATM's, transparency on account options where student may receive funds and obtaining consent before opening account with third party servicers such as debit and pre-paid cards.

Senior Seminars Provide Guidance for Aging Population

As an individual enters their golden years, they may experience unique legal challenges. These challenges often involve a person’s dignity, independence or health such as, accessing long-term care insurance and nursing facility care, and ensuring a person’s wishes are respected after passing. Legal Aid of the Bluegrass will provide information about these and other legal challenges at its Senior Seminars. Attendees will learn about: Long Term Medicaid, Power of Attorney’s, Wills, Guardianships, Medicare and Medicaid and Money Savings Programs for seniors.

Student Loan Caveats

During the last generation, college costs increased 6.8% annually, while medical costs increased by a much more criticized 4.9% per year. Additionally, state governments require families to pay a higher proportion of the total cost at state universities than they did for the previous generation. A generation ago, a student could work part time (full time in the summer) and pay for his/her own college expenses. This is almost impossible today.

The Newest Members of the LABG Team

Legal Aid of the Bluegrass is proud to welcome two new members to our advocacy team. Ms. Annie Francis returns to LABG after two years in private practice and Mr. Ross Lovely joins us after working in Duluth, Minnesota. Together, Annie and Ross generally cover the northeastern counties of Legal Aid’s service region and work in the Ashland area. Legal Aid of the Bluegrass is currently exploring new office space in downtown Ashland as to be located closer to public transportation routes and to be more visible in the community.

Blueprints and Budgets for the Bluegrass

Amid a flurry of last minute votes, Kentucky lawmakers ended their legislative session for the year shortly before midnight on Friday, April 15th after approving and sending to Governor Matt Bevin several major bills along with the much negotiated biennial budget.

Pro Bono is a Real Solution

Legal Aid organizations across the nation are recognized as a lawyers’ charity. In part, this is because being an attorney is necessary in filling many available volunteer roles within legal aid organizations. Lawyers are also encouraged by bar associations to fulfill ethical obligations to provide legal assistance to those less fortunate. Opportunities to provide pro bono services are copious and the demand for attorneys to take cases continues to grow.

Legal Aid of the Bluegrass Serves as Benefits Enrollment Center

Did you know that Legal Aid of the Bluegrass’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) Program provides support to people who are aged 60+ and disabled individuals receiving Medicare benefits in 30 Central, Northern and Northeastern counties? The program has four goals:

to educate individuals on the benefit programs that affect their lives through one-on-one counseling sessions and outreach activities;

to assist with resolving benefit issues;

to complete applications for benefit programs; and

Expanded Protection for all Kentuckians

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Legal Aid of the Bluegrass presents Legal Aid University

The importance of pro bono work in providing professional development opportunities cannot be overstated. Beyond providing a free service in the community and doing some good for the world, attorneys are given the chance to take cases that may not be available to them in a traditional legal setting. Legal Aid of the Bluegrass sought to boost the participation of attorneys in its volunteer lawyer programs and engage them in a way that ensured professionals would continue to take pro bono cases well into their careers. One of the groups targeted by LABG for pro bono was young attorneys.

High Quality Legal Services for the Poor and Vulnerable

Legal Aid of the Bluegrass provides civil legal assistance designed to alleviate the most brutal problems of the low income people living in 33 northern and central Kentucky counties. These services are typically in the areas of government benefits, consumer, housing and family law. The service that our attorneys provide is a tool that helps people in emergency situations meet their need for food, shelter, medical care, and freedom from financial or physical abuse.

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