Hot Topics in Elder Law: The Future of Healthcare of the Elderly in the U.S. – D03

Estates and Probate/Elder Law/Tax Law Track
Elder Law Section

Session D: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Learn about the future of healthcare for the elderly in Connecticut and the United States, the current protections afforded to Connecticut elderly under the Affordable Care Act, and the potential for change under the new administration. Pending state legislation effecting elders will be reviewed, as will the efforts to work collaboratively with the Connecticut Department of Social Services for the benefit of the elderly. 

This program includes a special video presentation from United States Senator Chris Murphy

You will learn: 

  • About current Medicare benefits 
  • About protections currently afforded to the elderly under the Affordable Care Act
  • Of potential changes to the Affordable Care Act, via interpretations and administration of the ACA regulations by the Trump administration, or by replacement bills 
  •  How these changes could affect Medicare 
  • The current status of the recently formed collaborative work group consisting of the CT Dept. of Social Services, CT NAELA, and the Elder Law Section of the CBA 
  • About legislation currently pending in Connecticut that affects elders


Deborah L. Hadaway, Elder Law Center of Connecticut LLC, Glastonbury

Attorney Hadaway is principal of the Elder Law Center of Connecticut, LLC, of Glastonbury and Oakdale, CT, a law firm that serves elders and those who love and care for them in the areas of elder law, probate, and estate planning. She is a member of NAELA, an executive committee member of the Elder Law Section of the CT Bar Association, and a member of the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the Elder Law Section, CT Bar. She is also accredited with the Veterans Administration.






Amy E. Orlando, Law Offices of Amy E. Orlando LLC, Cheshire

Attorney Orlando is an attorney with the Law Offices of Amy E. Orlando, LLC, where she practices in the areas of elder law, special needs, estate planning, estate administration and taxation. She is also an Accredited Attorney and Federal Fiduciary with the Veteran’s Administration. Amy is licensed to practice law in the State of Connecticut and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and is the Vice President of the Connecticut Chapter of NAELA, while also sitting on the Public Policy and Membership Committees. She is a member of the Board, and on the Trust Committee, for Planned Lifetime Assistance Network (PLAN) of CT, a non-profit serving as Trustee for Special Needs Trusts.  

Amy has been appointed to the Executive Committee of the Elder Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA), and also sits on the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the CBA. Amy also serves as the Secretary of the Central Connecticut Business and Estate Planning Council. She is a member of the Cheshire Kiwanis Club.  Amy teaches classes on elder law and estate planning for various adult education programs in Connecticut, and is a frequent lecturer on topics that include Medicaid, estate planning and elder financial exploitation. Amy received her law degree Cum Laude, from Suffolk University Law School in Boston. She is also a graduate Cum Laude with Honors from Wake Forest University where she played goalkeeper for Division I Field Hockey. Prior to attending law school, she worked in Social Services in Virginia and Massachusetts. Amy resides in Simsbury, Connecticut, and enjoys spending her free time with her two young children, Marina and Mitchell.


Judith A. Stein, Executive Director, Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc., Willimantic

Attorney Stein founded the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc. in 1986 where she is currently the Executive Director.  She has focused on legal representation of older people since beginning her legal career in 1975.  From 1977 until 1986, Ms. Stein was the Co-Director of Legal Assistance to Medicare Patients (LAMP) where she managed the first Medicare advocacy program in the country.  She has extensive experience in developing and administering Medicare advocacy projects, representing Medicare beneficiaries, producing educational materials, teaching and consulting.  She has been lead or co-counsel in numerous federal class action and individual cases challenging improper Medicare policies and denials – including, most recently, Jimmo vs. Sebelius, which should dramatically improve Medicare coverage and access to care for people with long-term and chronic conditions.

Ms. Stein graduated cum laude from Williams College in 1972 and received her law degree with honors from Catholic University School of Law in 1975.  She is the editor and co-author of books, articles, and other publications regarding Medicare and related issues including the Medicare Handbook (Aspen Publishers, Inc., 15thEdition, 2014; updated annually). Ms. Stein is a Board Member of the National Care Managers Association, Past President and a Fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), a past Commissioner of the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging, an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI), and a recipient of the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA, now CMS) Beneficiary Services Certificate of Merit. She attended the White House Conference on Aging in 2015, represented Senator Christopher Dodd as a delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging, received the Connecticut Commission on Aging “Age-wise Advocate Award” in 2007, and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Connecticut Elder Action Network (CEAN). In 2013 Ms. Stein served on the National Commission on Long Term Care, appointed by House of Representatives Leader Nancy Pelosi. 

CLE Credit: 1.5 hours