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Web News - November 2009

November 16, 2009

Author: Catherine M. Callery (Kate)| Louise M. Tarantino

Looking for Medical Data?

The Health On The Net Foundation, which evaluates health and medical websites for conflict of interest, privacy, qualifications of the authors, etc. (see HON Code Principles at has a search engine called MedHunt, which provides results only from HON-accredited sites. 

There is one for professionals and one for patients, and there are additional narrowing criteria available for searches.

Hypothetically Speaking...

At a hearing with a vocational expert, do you have trouble keeping the ALJ’s multiple hypothetical questions straight?  Did he say 10 pounds, or 20 pounds?  Did he say sit for two hours or eight hours?  Advocates in the Eighth Circuit have developed a tool that may assist you in these situations.  Whatever state you are from, this is a very useful skeleton outline for setting up hypothetical questions or tracking hypothetical questions at hearings.  It can also be used as an outline for submitting arguments to the ALJ before the hearing, or asking for a fully favorable decision on the record.

Find All There is to Know About Healthcare

A new website that is a collaborative effort among the Empire Justice Center, the Legal Aid Society and Selfhelp Community Services provides terrific resources for anything you need to know about healthcare.  Covered topics include Medicaid, Medicare, EPIC, Medicare Part D, Family Health Plus, Child Health Plus, Long term Care Insurance and HIPAA.

Online Resource Center Trainings Available

Don’t forget to check the WNYLC and Empire Justice Center Online Resource Center for up-to-date training materials.  There is a comprehensive library of training videos available in numerous substantive areas of law, including, of course, Social Security law, public benefits, child support, domestic violence, community reinvestment, special education, language access issues, immigration, and many more.  Whether you are a new advocate who needs immediate immersion, or a seasoned practitioner who needs a few more hours of CLE, check out the diverse offerings at this site.



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